Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections May Not Be a Priority for Older Adults—But It Should Be

BY OLIVIA MILTNER When Mark S. King got his test results for HIV in 1985, he said it was like choosing to open a letter telling him when he was going to die. “There was nothing good that could come out of an HIV-positive test result,” King said in a recent phone interview with Rewire.News. “The only thing you could be sure of is you would … Continue reading Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections May Not Be a Priority for Older Adults—But It Should Be

The Future of Food (Is Now)

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Living with a gluten intolerance means sacrificing warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies, my mom’s mouth-melting dark chocolate cake and everything bagels smothered in cream cheese, all for the sake of a happy and functioning digestive tract. Some foods have made valiant attempts to fill this void, but despite the new era of gluten-free awareness, finding decent baked-good alternatives has been a … Continue reading The Future of Food (Is Now)

50 Is The New 20

BY OLIVIA MILTNER The new Penzone is like stepping into a room that has collected everything millennial women are into. The salon and spa has plants growing on the walls, succulents decorating tables and health juices and energy balls for thirsty or hungry patrons. Local art hangs on the walls, they sell local beauty products, and sandwiches sit in the refrigerator. Crimson Cup coffee, with … Continue reading 50 Is The New 20

This western disease is infiltrating developing countries

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Adrian Bulfon was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease when he was 16. Since then, he’s figured out where he can go, what he can do and what he can eat, though now he eats pretty much whatever he wants, knowing that most foods will bother him. And just as the disease was a part of him, it was closely identified with the … Continue reading This western disease is infiltrating developing countries

How the U.S. Army and Marines are preparing for future urban wars

BY OLIVIA MILTNER For Iraqis returning to Mosul, the homes missing roofs and walls, filled with rubble, are a reminder of what existed before ISIS took control of the city in 2014. To the U.S. Army that helped liberate the city — originally designed as a fortress — after a nine-month campaign, the ruins and a lingering threat are pointers to the future. Massive piles … Continue reading How the U.S. Army and Marines are preparing for future urban wars

Columbus Vacant Housing Redevelopment

Since 2012, the city of Columbus has torn down more than 1,000 vacant houses to improve neighborhoods. But the city is having trouble developing the lots. One goal was to rebuild single family homes, but that’s only happened a few dozen times. One reason is the process is tough for average home buyers to navigate. BY OLIVIA MILTNER Four years ago, the city tore down … Continue reading Columbus Vacant Housing Redevelopment

Why saffron farming is blooming in unlikely places

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Micheline Sylvestre is unlike most saffron farmers. She waits until later in the day, after all the dew is gone, to pick her flowers, while most of her peers pick theirs first thing in the morning. Last year, when it snowed early in the season, she picked 300 as she was shoveling with her dad. Two years ago, she was still finding … Continue reading Why saffron farming is blooming in unlikely places

The San Francisco firebrand looking to reshape the city

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Sonja Trauss doesn’t seem like someone who frequents cocktail parties. Genuine and attentive, yes, but she’s far more at ease debating solutions to San Francisco’s housing crisis than mingling and making small talk. However, these soirees have become a regular part of Trauss’ routine — a necessity for a candidate on the fundraising circuit. Trauss, head of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation, … Continue reading The San Francisco firebrand looking to reshape the city