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Northwestern researchers hit ‘bull’s eye’ with Alzheimer’s molecule

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 5, 2013
Filed under Academic, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Northwestern researchers are a step closer to marketing a molecular compound that targets Alzheimer’s disease in humans. NU scientists created a drug-like molecule that successfully treated memory loss in test runs using mice, Feinberg Prof. Valerie Tokars said. She attributed the discovery to...

Longtime spectators see more politics in July Fourth parade

Longtime spectators see more politics in July Fourth parade

Maddie Colbert and Kelly Norris
July 5, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, State, The Summer Northwestern 2013

As Evanston's July Fourth parade filled Central Street on Thursday, longtime residents said the yearly tradition has turned too political. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, marched in the 92nd annual parade surrounded by supporters waving bright green signs and wearing shirts of the same color....

Evanston credit rating downgrade driven by pension liabilities

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor
July 4, 2013
Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Moody’s Investor Services' downgrade of Evanston’s credit rating last week may make it more expensive for the city to borrow money as it seeks to pay off outsized pension liabilities. The downgrade dropped the city one rung below a perfect credit score for the second time in about two years. The...

Northwestern researchers, Evanston Community Foundation receive $100,000 grant for education project

Jeanne Kuang, Assistant Summer Editor
July 4, 2013
Filed under Academic, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

The Aspen Institute has awarded a $100,000 grant to an education project aimed at low-income families spearheaded by the Evanston Community Foundation and Northwestern researchers, the University announced Friday. The foundation and its partners at NU's Institute for Policy Research will use the money,...

New book marks 150 years of Evanston architecture

New book marks 150 years of Evanston architecture

Annie Bruce, Summer Reporter
July 3, 2013
Filed under Arts and Technology (City), City, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

A new book highlights Evanston's architectural gems as the city prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday. "Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places" features noteworthy buildings from throughout the city, including some on the Northwestern campus. The book, written by Design Evanston president Jack Weiss and...

Evanston Hospital patients ‘absolutely thrilled’ by Stanley Cup visit

Evanston Hospital patients ‘absolutely thrilled’ by Stanley Cup visit

Patrick Svitek, Summer Editor
July 3, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

After a post-victory tour that crisscrossed Chicago, the Stanley Cup arrived Tuesday afternoon at Evanston Hospital. Accompanied by Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz (Communication '75), the silver trophy stopped by the pediatric wing and infant special care unit for about an hour, hospital spokes...

Dow Hotel Company buys Hilton Orrington, plans $6 million revamp

Amanda Gilbert, Summer Reporter
July 3, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

The Dow Hotel Company announced Tuesday that it has partnered with private equity firm Carlyle Group to purchase Evanston's Hilton Orrington hotel. Dow said it will operate the hotel, 1710 Orrington Ave., and is planning about $6 million in renovations and upgrades over the next 12 months. “Our...

Updated: Student loan interest rates double after Congress misses deadline

Patrick Svitek, Summer Editor
July 3, 2013
Filed under Administration, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

The interest rate on new subsidized Stafford loans doubled Monday, potentially affecting hundreds of Northwestern students looking for financial aid this fall. The rate increased from 3.4 to 6.8 percent after Congress failed to avert the scheduled hike and adjourned Thursday for its Fourth of July...

Caracotsios: The ACT, 4 years later

Caracotsios: The ACT, 4 years later

Julian Caracotsios, Summer Columnist
July 2, 2013
Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion, The Summer Northwestern 2013

When NU Tutors asked me to sub in for an ACT tutor, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. It was four years since I'd slogged my way through the trenches of standardized testing, and I had little desire to return. Moreover, I’d never tutored the ACT before, so I wasn’t exactly sure of my qualifications. But,...

Updated: 3 Northwestern students involved in new mumps cases, health officials say

Maddie Elkins, Summer Reporter
July 1, 2013
Filed under Administration, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Health officials say they have confirmed three new cases of mumps involving Northwestern students, including two who are currently on campus and one who lives in a town north of Evanston. The three new cases bring the number of infected students to five, according to Northwestern University Health...

Stolen handgun among firearms exchanged at second buyback event

Stolen handgun among firearms exchanged at second buyback event

Ciara McCarthy, Summer Reporter
July 1, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

A stolen handgun was among the 28 firearms netted at Evanston's second gun buyback event on Saturday, police said. The handgun was reported stolen in Chicago 17 years ago, police said. Its owner will not be investigated because the buyback program grants amnesty to encourage participation without...

Northwestern picks three teams to compete to design new research hub

Northwestern picks three teams to compete to design new research hub

Ciara McCarthy, Summer Reporter
July 1, 2013
Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

Northwestern’s Board of Trustees has chosen three architectural teams to submit competing designs of the school's new biomedical research facility on the Chicago campus, the University announced Friday. The finalists are Perkins + Will of Chicago; Goettsch Partners of Chicago and Ballinger of Philadelphia;...