Kayla has spent her past two years since finishing her undergrad at U.Chicago working in Chicago, roaming the storied halls of the Cook County Criminal Courthouse as a Public Defender's intern, and travelling around the Middle East while learning Jewish oral law in Jerusalem. She is now getting ready to start her first year of law school in Chicago, with a focus on pursuing a career in public interest law. Hopefully law school won't destroy her ability to write in plain, comprehensible language, or her ability to spend her evenings trying out new vegan recipes from Post Punk Kitchen.

Slut-Shaming In The Orthodox Community

Despite recent steps toward increased equality for women within the Orthodox Jewish community, in many respects, women are still far from equal. In December, this became particularly clear during the sex abuse trial and conviction of Nechemya…
By Kayla Higgins

A Female Musician's Journey From Ghana to America

We all know the U.S. music industry doesn't play nice or fair. But it still beats being a female musician in Ghana. At least, that's what Sirina Issah, 45, a singer and composer from the Northern region of Ghana, says. She released her first album…
By Kayla Higgins

Mealku Exchanges Home-Made Meals Between Strangers

"No lazy, crazy or selfish people are allowed," Mealku states on its Web site. Can a relatively new business venture really afford to be so picky? Well, yes, because Mealku is not your average start-up, and isn't even really a business. It's a…
By Kayla Higgins

Study: The UN is Responsible for Cholera in Haiti

Researchers from Yale Law School released a report Tuesday that claims there is a large enough amount of scientific evidence to show U.N. troops from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti in October 2010. The report, titled “Peacekeeping…
By Kayla Higgins

Powerball Lottery Could Set a New Record

In the past couple days, the Powerball lottery's jackpot has jumped to $425 million, making tonight's drawing one of the third-highest total in the lottery's history. The recent $72 million jump in the cash prize means that 120 million tickets were…
By Kayla Higgins

Study Finds Twitter Actually Boosts TV Ratings

The social media sphere can seem like a bit of a self-contained fish bowl — especially Twitter. Twitter has a monetary value as a company mainly because websites believe it's a platform that can drive more traffic to their site. But it turns out…
By Kayla Higgins

Good(ish) News For Bradley Manning

The judge overseeing the trial of 25-year-old private Bradley Manning agreed on Tuesday to reduce the leaker's sentence to a maximum of 90 years. The offenses Manning was convicted of last week all relate to his 2010 leak of 700,000 top-secret…
By Kayla Higgins

Fort Hood Shooting Trial Begins

The trial of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who opened fire on his fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood Army base in 2009, began Tuesday. The former U.S. Army psychiatrist is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted…
By Kayla Higgins

George W. Bush Has Successful Heart Operation

A spokesperson for former President George W. Bush reported that he is in "high spirits" following a successful heart operation in Dallas Tuesday morning. The 67-year-old was undergoing an annual physical Monday when his doctor discovered a blocked…
By Kayla Higgins

Verdicts in Turkey's Ergenekon Trial Handed Down

A local court in Turkey handed down harsh verdicts on Monday, charging 275 defendants with plotting a military coup to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The verdicts from the five-year case included 19 sentences for life imprisonment,…
By Kayla Higgins

Fort Hood Victims To Face Their Shooter in Court

On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood Army base, killing 13 and injuring 30. His long-awaited trial finally begins on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces the death penalty. The trial will be…
By Kayla Higgins

Study: Millennials More Forgetful Than Seniors

If you're living in the Northeast and think that stress is causing you to age at an accelerated rate...you're probably right. Happy Monday. The Trending Machine National Poll recently found that millennials aged 18-34 are more forgetful than seniors…
By Kayla Higgins

Berlusconi Convicted, Expected to Resign

Following a three-day hearing, Italy’s highest court confirmed a one-year prison sentence for Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday. The decision confirmed an earlier conviction that Berlusconi had evaded roughly €7millon ($9m) in taxes between 2002 and…
By Kayla Higgins

Netflix Makes It Easier To Share Accounts

Guess what, guys? Netflix totally knows that you share your account with your friends and family members. But wait, they're not angry? No. Believe it or not, Netflix is actually changing its interface to encourage more sharing of accounts. The new…
By Kayla Higgins

First CA Prisoner Dies During Hunger Strike

The largest California prisoner hunger strike in the state's history, which began on July 8, is still happening. At it's inception the strike boasted 30,000 participating inmates from over two dozen California prisons, but according to corrections…
By Kayla Higgins

Uruguay Likely to Legalize Marijuana

The term "drug dealer" usually brings to mind secretive exchanges performed in dark alleys, away from the gaze of law enforcement. But what if the government became your drug dealer? That's about to happen in Uruguay. Just before midnight on…
By Kayla Higgins

Teachers Will Be Packing Heat In an AR School

What could go wrong? More than 20 teachers, administrators, and other employees at a high school in Clarksville, Arkansas will now be carrying concealed weapons. Clarksville High School is implementing an obscure Arkansas law that allows licensed,…
By Kayla Higgins

Report: Obama to Meet For Middle East Peace Talks

A White House official says that President Obama will meet Tuesday morning with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. According to the source, Obama is expected "to call on them to exhibit good will" and "remain focused and steadfast throughout the…
By Kayla Higgins

Rush Hour Car Bombings in Iraq Kill Over 50

Seventeen explosions from parked car bombs were set off in Iraq on Monday, killing over 50 people. The attacks targeted well-populated areas in predominantly Shiite towns and cities, including marketplaces, parking lots, a cafe, and rush-hour…
By Kayla Higgins

8 Injured After Row Home Collapses in PA

At least eight people are injured after three row homes collapsed following an explosion in South Philadelphia Monday. Authorities say the critically-injured patient was a contractor who said that he was working on a hot water heater in an…
By Kayla Higgins