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Lifestyle Budget for Friday, September 20, 2019

Updated at 11:30 p.m. EDT (0430 UTC).


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^Period poverty affects women and girls worldwide<

^LIFE-PERIOD-POVERTY-1ST-LEDE:MCT—<Progress toward menstrual equity in the United States is still slow; however, a few recent developments indicate that attitudes toward menstruation seem to be shifting.

The issue of equal access to products for managing menstruation has gained traction at all levels thanks to people like U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.). Meng recently introduced the Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2019, which proposed making menstrual hygiene products available for free for students, inmates, employees, visitors to federal buildings and homeless people. The act would also make menstrual products reimbursable via health spending accounts and cover them under Medicaid.

Lawmakers in 22 states also introduced bills to repeal taxes on menstrual products in 2019. Several states, including Florida, Illinois, and Nevada have abolished the tax altogether.

1600 by Jorie Goins. MOVED

^A historically black college in Maryland is growing — by enrolling Hispanic, white and international students<

^EDU-HBC-ADMITS-NON-BLACKS:BZ—<Morgan State University's enrollment is on the upswing, a trend that's bolstered by a rising number of non-African American students who are attending the historically black institution.

The student body has grown by 15% since 2006, from roughly 6,700 students to 7,700. The growth is largely because far more Hispanic, white and international students have chosen to enroll at Morgan, while the number of black students at the Northeast Baltimore campus has held relatively steady.

No one expects that only Catholic students will enroll at Notre Dame, Morgan president David Wilson says. So why should anyone be surprised that a historically black college or university would recruit students of other races?

1850 by Talia Richman. MOVED


^Is the way we do college utterly broken? Author's new book boldly goes there<

^EDU-COLLEGE-SYSTEM-BROKEN:TB—<Long before actor Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT scores, long before she and actor Lori Loughlin and a couple dozen other wealthy, connected parents were charged in a sweeping college bribery scandal, Paul Tough was on the case.

Tough is a journalist and author of the new book, "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us," which he spent six years reporting. It's a complex, essential book that asks an urgent question: Is our current higher education system designed to protect the privileged and leave everyone else behind?

900 by Heidi Stevens. MOVED



^Changing the color of opera is the goal of Minnesota Opera's new leader<

^LIFE-ENT-OPERA:MS—<Priti Gandhi will never forget the day she auditioned for the lead part in Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" ("Cinderella") in New York City.

"I won't name the opera company," she says. "But I sang the audition and the general director looks at me and says, 'Well, we really were hoping for a blonde for this role' — meaning a white person."

Gandhi is the daughter of immigrants from India, and the race-based rejection still rankles. "I had spent almost a month's rent on getting to that audition," she recalls ruefully.

That was nearly 20 years ago. Since then she has enjoyed an international career as an opera singer and a spell in management at the San Diego Opera, which she helped revitalize when it narrowly avoided closure in 2014.

850 by Terry Blain. MOVED


^Baltimore nursery decor designer dishes on styling your baby's room<

^HOME-NURSERY-DECOR:BZ—<Since 1995, Baltimore-based Bratt Decor has provided a pop of whimsy to nurseries with its timeless, chic furniture in unusual metal finishes. Mary and Stephen Bauer began designing, manufacturing and selling the type of furniture they wanted but couldn't find when they were designing the nursery for their first child and couldn't find much beyond traditional wood. Today their two children are grown, and so is Bratt Decor, which offers its furniture — with a focus on baby and toddler beds — online. We talked with Mary Bauer about how to bring unique design trends into the baby's room, and how the process has changed for today's expectant parents.

450 by Laura Jane Willoughby. MOVED


^Medications underused in treating opioid addiction, Mayo Clinic expert says<

HEALTH-OPIOID-ADDICTION:MYO — Though research shows that medication-assisted treatment can help people who are addicted to opioids, the three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are underused, according to a review of current medical data on opioid addiction in the U.S. This review appears in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Along with addiction counseling, the drugs naltrexone, buprenorphine and methadone all have a place in treatment for opioid use disorder, says Tyler Oesterle, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Health System's Fountain Centers drug and alcohol treatment programs. Evidence of the three drugs' effectiveness in treating opioid use disorder is well-established, says Oesterle, the review's lead author. This review uses data from available medical literature to provide a framework for determining the optimal approach for medication-assisted treatments.

450 in Rochester, Minn. MOVED



^Hot Property: Kirsten Dunst sells her home to actress Annie Potts<

HOME-HOTPROPERTY:LA — Kirsten Dunst's Toluca Lake home is staying in Hollywood hands. Actress Annie Potts was the buyer of the two-story, which sold last week for $4.55 million.

Potts, known for her role as secretary Janine Melnitz in the original "Ghostbusters" films, must have liked what she saw in the place. The Cape Cod-inspired house went under contract just nine days after it hit the market in June for $4.7 million.

1250 by Neal J. Leitereg and Jack Flemming in Los Angeles. MOVED



^Healthy Men: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month<

^HEALTH-HEALTHY-MEN:MCT—<Dear Healthy Men: There seems to be an awareness month for just about every health condition. Why isn't there one for prostate cancer?

750 by Armin Brott. MOVED


^NTR-HEALTH-ONNUTRITION:MN—< (Will not move today.)

by Barbara Quinn.


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