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Trend toward veganism finds a new niche market: Women

By Hannah Wiley
Medill Reports

In a world of fad diets and constantly changing health trends, vegans want you to know that they’re here to stay. With more plant-based products on the market and alternative options for meat and dairy, veganism grew in popularity in 2017.

According to a Forbes report, plant-based food sales went up 8.1% last year. The report suggests the food and beverage industry should invest in vegan-friendly items, pointing out that the plant-based market is expected to grow to a $5 billion industry by 2020.

An option for those curious about veganism — or others already following the lifestyle — is Vegan Women Made, a market started by Nicole Melanie Davis that features plant-based products. Davis began the marketplace after starting Mindful Indulgences, a confection business that uses only fair-trade and vegan ingredients.

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Puerto Rico loses power again: Explosion and fire cut electricity to 10 municipalities

Text by Shelby Fleig, Elizabeth Beyer and Hannah Wiley
Audio by Sofi LaLonde and Griselda Flores
Medill Reports

An explosion and fire at the Monacillo power station in San Juan caused power outages across 10 municipalities late at night on Feb. 11, a reminder that even in areas where the grid has been fixed since Hurricane Maria, the island’s electric infrastructure is still precarious and troubled.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the lights went out abruptly in the capital San Juan, along with towns including Caguas, Barceloneta and Aricebo on the North half of the island. Some regained power after about 30 minutes, while others remained dark through the night. By midnight the fire was extinguished, but some residents said the outage provoked feelings of PTSD and sparked bad memories of the harrowing weeks following the hurricane.

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Kankakee women hold a march of their own

By Hannah Wiley
Medill Reports

When Lynn Bos and her fellow Connect group members in Kankakee, Ill. got together for a meeting two weeks before the national Women’s March, they disagreed on where they should participate. Should they travel 60 miles to be part of the march in Chicago? Or could the activist group make a bigger impact on a local level?

After a lengthy discussion, members decided they would host their own Women’s March in Kankakee.

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A female tattoo artist makes her mark, beating the boys at their own game

By Hannah Wiley
Medill Reports

Emily Fong started tattooing professionally when she was 19 years old. Now, at 21, she’s overcome gender stereotypes and doubts about her youth to become an accomplished artist.

Fong’s career started when she decided that her childhood love for drawing was something she wanted to pursue as a career, specifically in the tattoo industry.

“My mom wasn’t interested in me going into this industry at all, and so I kind of held back on it,” Fong said. “I started looking at colleges and going in that direction. But when it started getting close to that time for me to make that jump into college, I just didn’t want to do it.”

After tattooing professionally for two years, Fong has built a strong clientele in both her home city of Portland and Chicago.

Working at Metamorph Tattoo Studios in Wicker Park, Fong accepts clients on a walk-in and appointment basis. Her style ranges from geometrical lines to mosaic flower work.

PHOTO AT TOP: Emily Fong works on a custom-designed piece for a client (Hannah Wiley/Medill)

Community efforts bring about theme of ‘Englewood Rising’ in the South Side neighborhood

By: Hannah Wiley and Joey Mendolia
Medill Reports

Tina Hammond has brought a splash of color and a message of hope to her Englewood neighborhood.

Buying a vacant lot next to her home for $1 through a city program, Hammond and her husband transformed the once bleak empty space into a garden of positivity.

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