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Riley Mekanik

Bio: Riley Mekanik is currently a student at the University of South Carolina where she is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. She has a strong passion for creative writing and loves books. Riley is beyond excited to embark on her next adventure with NYC Tastemakers and grow as a writer.
Food

Panera Releases New Menu Items

The Panera franchise is well-known for their high-quality bakery items such as their fresh bread, pastries, cookies and more. Along with their fantastic variety of breakfast and lunch menu items, one could only dream of more additions. This Wednesday, Panera sealed that deal by announcing their newest foods that have …

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Music

Hozier’s Charm

Everyone who knows the folk artist Hozier, loves him. With three studio albums and 22 singles, fans just can’t seem to get enough of the intensity yet calmness of his tunes. As he grows in popularity, the charm he has becomes more apparent every day. Three weeks after Hozier’s big-hit …

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Politics

Health Care is Not a Persuading Topic Amongst Republicans

This week, Donald Trump gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. In his speech, the topic of health care was hardly talked about by Trump or other speakers.  “The silence is surprising, given health care makes up the largest chunk of the federal budget, nearly $2 trillion, as well …

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Food

The Best Foods to Heal Your Gut

Many people struggle with indigestion and bloating. A major factor in indigestion are the types of food you are putting into your body. Luckily, there are plenty of foods out there that can help heal your gut, have probiotics in them, and are overall healthy for you! To start, it …

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Fashion

Samba Takeover

Shoes are the key component in tying any outfit together. Nike, adidas, New Balance, Converse, Reebok – the list of popular shoe brands goes on. Currently, adidas is hitting the jackpot in sales from their trending shoe style: Samba. Initially created in the 1940s as an indoor football shoe, the …

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Politics

Update on Assassination Attempt 

After days of interviews and investigations, the motive of Thomas Matthew Crooks to attempt an assassination on Donald Trump remains unknown. But here is what has been discovered since the incident: On the day of the shooting, according to ABC News, “Crooks told his father he wanted to go to a …

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Fashion

The Hype About TikTok Shop

TikTok is a social media platform increasing in users yearly. Already listed as one of the most engaging and used apps, TikTok has 1.04 billion monthly active users worldwide. You would think the features on TikTok couldn’t get any better… until it did.  In September of 2023, TikTok added a …

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Politics

Donald Trump Shot at Rally in Pennsylvania

On the evening of Saturday, July 13, an assassin attempted to kill Donald Trump at his rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.  Just minutes after 6:00 PM, the assassin’s first shots were fired. The man left two critically injured in the crowd, one dead, and Trump with a wound on his right …

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Health and Wellness

The Benefits of Steps

In this day and age, Pilates, yoga, running, and many more workouts are becoming more popular. People go to different lengths to find the best full-body exercises to stay active or even to lose weight. What is often forgotten are the various benefits of the simple but effective workout called: …

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Politics

The Pressure is on Kamala Harris

This year’s election is claimed to be one of the most important ones our country has had. As a result, Kamala Harris is faced with on-the-spot questions about Joe Biden and requests for him to step out of the election. According to a recent CNN article, “Whether Biden steps aside …

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Food

The Unbearableness of Chipotle’s Portions 

Although Chipotle is not considered “fine dining”, it is a chain our society knows and loves. Because Chipotle is one of fast food’s healthier options, its profits continue to grow yearly.  You would think there would be no cons, right? Well recently, customers have been expressing anger over the small …

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Music

Zach Bryan Does it Once Again: The Great American Bar Scene

One of the most talented and popular artists in country music, Zach Bryan captivated his fans with his newest heartfelt album, The Great American Bar Scene – released on July 4th. With expectations already high from all the love he received on his last album, which was just named Zach …

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