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Here are the 10 stories Evanston Now readers read most in 2013.

  1. Pine Yard fire destroys three businesses – Dec. 29 – An overnight fire in downtown Evanston destroyed the Pine Yard and Taco Diablo restaurants along with a nail salon on Davis Street at Oak Avenue. – 16,790 pageviews.
  2. Police shoot bank robbery suspect downtown – Dec. 16 – Evanston police fatally shot a bank robbery suspect near the busy downtown interesection of Davis Street and Maple Avenue this afternoon. – 8,837 pageviews.
  3. Man dies after shooting on Darrow – Dec. 7 – A 30-year-old man was shot in the 2000 block of Darrow Avenue this evening and died after the person driving him to the hospital crashed their car at Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard. – 7,687 pageviews.
  4. Man jumps to death from downtown garage – Nov. 12 – Evanston police blocked off traffic on Davis Street downtown this afternoon after a man jumped to his death from the Sherman Plaza garage – 6,056 pageviews.
  5. Buyers circle closing Dominick’s markets – Oct. 15 – Several supermarket chains reportedly are interested in buying some of the 72 Dominick’s markets Safeway is closing in the Chicago area, but no deals have been announced yet for the two in Evanston. – 5,813 pageviews.
  6. Man shot to death on Leland – Sept. 11 – Evanston police responding to a call of shots fired found a 21-year-old man on the ground and unresponsive at 1731 Leland Ave. about 11 p.m. Tuesday. – 4,992 pageviews.
  7. D65 school superintendent resigns – Aug. 12 – Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy today announced he’s resigned to pursue consulting opportunities. – 4,854 pageviews.
  8. Brothers slain at Evanston tobacco shop – July 31 – Two brothers were found shot to death inside their Evanston tobacco shop Tuesday night. – 4,186 pageviews.
  9. Incoming assessor found dead in home – Sept. 11 – Former Evanston Township Assessor Sharon Eckersall was found dead this morning in her home at 2519 Ashland Ave. – 3,335 pageviews.
  10. Police: Social media posts triggered homicide – Dec. 13 – Evanston police have charged a 22-year-old man with fatally shooting a 30-year-old Evanstonian Saturday and say social media comments apparently touched off the shooting. – 3,177 pageviews.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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