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Top news: Gun arrests, a failed business and a new hotel

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A new hotel opens, a city-financed business closes and felons are found with guns — those were among the reports Evanston Now readers read most last month.

Here's a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Police: Skokie felon found with loaded gun — May 17 —  Evanston police Monday evening arrested a 19-year-old Skokie man who they say was carrying a loaded semi-automatic handgun on Howard Street.
  2. Arrest in shots fired case at downtown bar — May 20 — A fingerprint left on a discarded gun has led to an arrest in a case involving shots fired outside Tommy Nevin's Pub in downtown Evanston during an early morning fight earlier this month.
  3. Two charged in separate gun arrests — May 13 — Evanston police says they recovered two handguns from convicted felons in incidents just over a day apart this week.
  4. No charges in ETHS locker tefts case — May 4 — Evanston police say at least four victims in a rash of locker theft incidents at Evanston Township High School have been interviewed by detectives.
  5. Community in distress demands call to action — May 6 — Viewpoint by Michael Nabors: The stark numbers and graphic details of disparity between white and black children from K-8 in Evanston make the District 65 academic achievement study one of the most disheartening reports I’ve ever seen.
  6. New hotel opens in Evanston — May 11 — Evanston's first new hotel in 15 years opened downtown Tuesday.
  7. A dispute over intent — May 16 — Evanston's Preservation Commission will get to weigh in Tuesday night on whether to approve a new lakefront home that city officials concede meets all the city's zoning rules, but — staff claims — fails to comply with their intent.
  8. Another city business loan deal goes south — May 18 — Another business to which the City of Evanston has loaned money is going out of business — leaving the city's prospects for recovering its loan funds uncertain.
  9. Child on bike hit by car — May 9 — A child riding a bicycle was struck by a car at the intersection of Asbury Avenue and Oakton Street in Evanston shortly after 8 a.m. this morning.
  10. New restaurant planned at 500 Davis — May 6 — The owner of Evanston's Mt. Everest Restaurant received city approval this week for plans to open a second dining spot in town — this one in the space at 500 Davis St. that once housed a Giordano's.

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