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What you need to know: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.



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Virus spreads: Almost 200 more Pa. deaths from the coronavirus were reported yesterday, along with 8,000+ new cases. Read more.

See also: ZIP codes with the most growth in cases

Integrity concerns: Nearly 3 dozen GOP lawmakers are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to call the General Assembly back into session to address their concerns about the 2020 presidential election. Read more.

Business

Two in one: Sephora will open beauty shops inside Kohl’s department stores. Ulta Beauty and Target recently announced a similar partnership. Read more.

See also: Jewelry store and ice cream shop to open together

Layoffs: Pet Valu is shutting down its corporate office in Pa., costing almost 160 jobs. The pet store is closing its 358 U.S. stores and warehouses. Read more.

See also: TMI owner seeks massive tax cut

Football

Penn State: Penn State tight end Zack Kuntz, a Camp Hill native, was on the field vs. Michigan. He says he’s ready for the rest of the season. Read more.

See also: Wisconsin AD urges Big Ten to help Ohio State

NFL: Trace McSorley gets his first NFL touchdown, but that isn’t enough to keep the Ravens from toppling the still-unbeaten Steelers. Read more.

See also: Columnists rip NFL over handling of virus cases

In brief

Hershey’s updated Kisses Christmas ad irks some 5/8 U.S. Supreme Court asked to block Biden win in Pa. 5/8 Couple died of coronavirus at the same time 5/8 Stores offer free ham promotions 5/8 Harrisburg homicide victim remembered for positivity 5/8 Residents want Cumberland County to halt nursing home sale 5/8

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Volunteers of America Classic marks LPGA’s return to North Texas, will serve as tune up for U.S. Women’s Open

The LPGA is back in North Texas with the Volunteers of America Classic at the Old American Golf Club in The Colony.

The rescheduled tournament (from October) now doubles as a tuneup for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open that will be contested at Champions Golf Club’s Cypress Creek Course in Houston and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla., the following week.

The VOA Classic is in its third year at the links-style Old American Golf Club designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard after its first five events took place at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.

The 120-player field this week includes world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, two-time VOA Classic champion and world No. 5 Inbee Park, 2014 VOA Classic champion Stacey Lewis and defending champion Cheyenne Knight.

Knight, 23, who resides in Aledo, enjoys playing close to home.

“It’s nice. It’s more comfortable. You know, it’s different than staying in a hotel, having a rental car, but you know, I know where everything is, I don’t even need a GPS,” Knight said. “Yeah, coming home every night, sleeping in my own bed with my family and my dogs. Because the weather’s colder, I don’t need to go buy anything because I have everything at home in my closet, so it’s really nice.”

Another Texas golfer in the field is Kristen Gillman, 23, who is originally from Austin. Gillman is looking forward to playing even though there will be no fans allowed on the grounds.

“Everyone’s been texting me and asking if they can come and watch, so sadly I have to keep telling them ‘No, sorry, fans aren’t allowed yet.’ I know that they’re all watching and they’re all excited to watch live scoring,” she said. “I mean, they’re just excited to be able to see me compete. Even though they won’t be here in person, they can at least watch some of it on TV. I think they’re excited to see me out here playing in Texas.”

VOA CLASSIC CHARITY CHALLENGE

The festivities kicked off with the VOA Classic Charity Challenge on Wednesday afternoon featuring Texas natives Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller taking on Sophia Popov and Mel Reid in what was billed as a “Solheim Cup-style showdown” between Team USA and Team Europe.

Playing the back nine of the Old American Golf Club’s par-71 layout, they were joined by former Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and former Stars goalie Marty Turco to play the par-5 No. 17th hole.

“I like to get beat up psychologically, that’s why I play golf,” Kinsler cracked on the Golf Channel broadcast. “I’ll swing hard in case I hit it.”

And hit it he did. Kinsler’s drive carried 299 yards for Team USA, albeit a little off the fairway.

Turco ripped his drive as well and donned a Stars goalie mask for his walk down the fairway.

Kinsler and Turco each drained birdie putts on No. 17, carrying the

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Texans fired up for first U.S. Women’s Open in Lone Star State in nearly 30 years

Angela Stanford’s first experience at a U.S. Women’s Open came in 1991, when Meg Mallon won at Colonial Country Club not far from Stanford’s Fort Worth home. Seventh-grade Stanford bought a visor that week at Colonial and, years later, when she was competing alongside Mallon as a rookie on the LPGA, asked the World Golf Hall of Famer to sign it. It remains one of her prized pieces of sports memorabilia.



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“I just never dreamed that I’d get to play one in Texas,” said a giddy and grateful 43-year-old Stanford.

The 75th U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club, which gets underway Dec. 10, marks only the second time the championship will be held in the Lone Star State. It’s a startling stat given how many of LPGA legends have hailed from Texas, including Babe Zaharias, Kathy Whitworth, Betsy Rawls, Marilynn Smith, Judy Rankin, Sandra Palmer and Carol Mann. Stanford got teary-eyed just thinking about the opportunity on the 4 ½-hour drive down to media day last month.

“I know it’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” she said. “I can’t even put it into words.”



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Meg Mallon holds the U.S. Women’s Open trophy at the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Colonial CC in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 14, 1991. (USGA)

There are seven Texans in the 156-player field, including three major winners and two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Kristen Gillman. Brittany Lang is the only Texan competing who has won a U.S. Women’s Open.

Champions owner Jack Burke Jr., the oldest living Masters champion, still shows up to work every day at age 97. (He’ll turn 98 on Jan. 29.) The club’s rich history of tournaments includes the 1969 U.S. Open, 1967 Ryder Cup (captained by Ben Hogan), five PGA Tour Championships (won by the likes of Tiger Woods and David Duval) and the Houston Champions International (now the Vivant Houston Open), won by Arnold Palmer, Roberto De Vicenzo and Hubert Green.

No club in Texas has hosted more USGA championships than Champions.

Stacy Lewis grew up down the road in The Woodlands, Texas, and actually joined Champions when she and husband Gerrod Chadwell first moved to Houston.

“If you want to play with the best players,” she said, “that’s where you go.”

The couple now live at Golf Club of Houston, where Chadwell’s University of Houston team practices. Lewis, however, was recently extended a membership to Burkes’ historic club in the run-up to the Women’s Open.

“I’ve actually played Jackrabbit more than I’ve played Cypress,” said the former No. 1, referring to the second course that will be utilized championship week due to limited daylight.

While the Cypress course is open with massive greens, Jackrabbit presents a tighter test with a number of doglegs and smaller green complexes. A player could hit 16 or 17 greens on Cypress, Lewis said, and still shoot over par.

Given that the PGA’s Tour’s Houston Open welcomed fans in November, Lewis held out hope

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3rd restaurant opens in Mount Pleasant center this year; Charleston clothing shop to open | Business

A Florida-based restaurant chain now offers two locations in the Charleston area and is the third new dining venue to set up shop in a Mount Pleasant shopping center this year. 

Maple Street Biscuit Co. opened Tuesday at 996 Queensborough Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center near U.S. Highway 17 and Anna Knapp Boulevard. It follows Paisano’s Pizza Grill, which opened earlier this year, and Groucho’s Deli, which opened in the fall.

Maple Street’s specialties include freshly made biscuits, never-frozen chicken and newly ground beans every day for fresh coffee. Full-plate offerings are on the menu as well.

Owned by Sandy Powers, it’s open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Richard Starling will oversee the new location.



Record holiday spending projected from more disposable income due to pandemic

Maple Street previously opened is at 1739 Maybank Highway in the Harris Teeter-anchored James Island Center.

Jacksonville-based Maple Street has 41 restaurants in seven Southern states, including two Upstate locations in Simpsonville and Greenville.



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Tina Heath-Schuttenberg will open a new vintage clothing shop called Portal at 189 St. Philip St. on the Charleston peninsula on Dec. 10. Warren L. Wise/Staff


Vintage threads

A new vintage women’s apparel shop is opening in downtown Charleston.

Portal will offer pre-owned threads in a 1,023-square-foot shop at 189 St. Philip St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s scheduled to open Dec. 10.

Tina Heath-Schuttenberg, co-owner of James Island restaurants Kwei Fei and Micho, said she has been walking past the site for the past five years and dreaming of opening her own clothing store.

“I come from a retail background with my history spent as a buyer and merchandiser for a quirky mix of high/low brands (such as) Buffalo Exchange, Zac Posen, The Plaza Hotel and Dean & Deluca,” she said.



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During the past few years, she and her husband and business partner David Schuttenberg worked to create the two restaurants at Charleston Pour House on Maybank Highway, which she said kept her busy.

“The stars finally aligned, and I’m making the move back to my first love of retail,” Heath-Schuttenberg said.

Portal, she said, will be a buy-sell-trade-rental concept for vintage threads. She also plans to include contemporary brands. With an all-inclusive size range, she says clothing styles from edgy to demure will come in “an odd mix” that will be offered at an “affordable luxury price point.”

The shop also plans to offer curbside pick-up service and appointments for those who might need a safer shopping experience during the pandemic. All selling and trading will be done by appointment.



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SAS Shoes recently reopened on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. It closed earlier this year when the former owners retired. Warren L. Wise/Staff


Stepping back in

A shoe store that closed earlier this year in West Ashley is now open again.

SAS Shoes can be found at 1755 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., at the same address it occupied previously.

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Sephora to open hundreds of beauty shops inside Kohl’s stores

Sephora will open hundreds of beauty shops inside Kohl’s department stores starting next fall, the retailer said Tuesday, just weeks after Ulta Beauty and Target announced a similar partnership.



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Sephora will open hundreds of beauty shops inside Kohl’s department stores starting next fall, the retailer said Dec. 1, 2020. The 2,500-square-foot Sephora shops will replace Kohl’s current beauty department at the front of the store and carry makeup, skin care, hair and fragrance products.

The 2,500-square-foot Sephora shops will replace Kohl’s current beauty department at the front of the store and carry makeup, skin care, hair and fragrance products. The first 200 shops are expected to open next fall, when Kohl’s will begin selling Sephora products online.

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Sephora expects to have at least 850 shops at Kohl’s stores by 2023, when a similar partnership between the beauty retailer and J.C. Penney comes to an end, Sephora said.

Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer, said in a news release the partnership would “make aspirational beauty far more accessible to millions of customers all across the country.”

Target and Bolingbrook-based Ulta Beauty announced a similar arrangement last month to put Ulta shops in 100 Target stores and on Target’s website next year, with the potential to expand to hundreds of stores.

Neither Kohl’s nor Target announced which stores would open the beauty shops.

The deal with Kohl’s is Sephora’s latest effort to expand beyond its 500 U.S. stores. Sephora has shops in about half of J.C. Penney’s department stores through a partnership that started 15 years ago.

J.C. Penney sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May and said last month it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in the first half of next year after a court approved its sale to its two largest landlords and its primary lenders.

Sephora said the companies agreed earlier this year to pursue other opportunities while continuing to run the Sephora shops at J.C. Penney stores until their agreement winds down.

In the meantime, J.C. Penney said it will be working on a new plan for its beauty department.

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Sephora To Open Beauty Shops Inside 850 Kohl’s Stores By 2023

(RTTNews) – Kohl’s (KSS) has reached a deal with beauty brand Sephora to open hundreds of beauty shops inside its stores in coming years.

Sephora plans to open 200 shops inside Kohl’s locations by next fall, and to increase it to about 850 shops by 2023. Sephora will also launch on Kohl’s website next year, offering more than 100 beauty brands.

“Sephora at Kohl’s” will be a fully-immersive, premium beauty destination, designed within a 2,500 square foot space and prominently located at the front of the store, the company said in a statement.

“The Kohl’s and Sephora partnership will bring a transformational, elevated beauty experience to Kohl’s from the top global name in beauty,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “This new collaboration is an excellent example of two customer-centric, purpose-driven companies leveraging each other’s strengths to make aspirational beauty far more accessible to millions of customers all across the country.”

Last month, Target Corp. (TGT) and beauty retailer Ulta Beauty (ULTA) announced a long-term deal to launch Ulta Beauty at Target.

Ulta Beauty at Target will debut at more than 100 Target locations starting in 2021, with the companies planning to scale to hundreds more over time.

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Sephora will open mini shops inside 850 Kohl’s stores by 2023, as retailer bets big on beauty

  • Kohl’s hopes its Sephora partnership will help triple its sales in beauty in coming years.
  • Retailers are looking toward the beauty category to build loyalty with customers.
  • Target recently partnered with Ulta to open makeup shops in the discount retailer’s stores.



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The Sephora shops will be about 2,500 square feet in size, offering the same services found at Sephora today, staffed by Sephora employees, and located at the front entrance of Kohl’s.

Sephora will open hundreds of beauty shops inside Kohl’s stores in coming years in a deal that rivals Target’s recent partnership with Ulta Beauty.

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Some 200 Sephora at Kohl’s locations will open by next fall, rising to at least 850 sites by 2023, the companies announced Tuesday. Sephora will also launch on Kohl’s website next year, offering more than 100 beauty brands, some of which are exclusive to Sephora.

The announcement of the 10-year partnership comes weeks after Target unveiled plans to open hundreds of Ulta makeup shops inside the discount retailer’s stores.

The beauty category has historically been dominated by America’s department store chains, but it is now increasingly moving out of malls, giving retailers that had been hardly invested in the category an opportunity to steal share.

“When we think about the beauty industry today, we’re very underrepresented,” Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass said. “It’s a huge market [and] it’s expected to grow over the next few years.”

The Sephora shops on Kohl’s will be about 2,500 square feet, offering most of the same services found at other Sephora stores, including help with makeup application, and replacing Kohl’s current beauty assortment.

Sephora employees will staff the locations, which will be positioned near the front of the store and occasionally accessible by a separate entrance, Gass said. The Sephora logo will join Kohl’s outside the stores.

“We’re going to be very loud about this,” Gass said. “There’s no question that [shoppers] will see Sephora from the exterior of the building.”

While the beauty industry has been hurt by fewer women dressing up for the office and other special events during the Covid pandemic, some bright spots point to stronger days ahead.

U.S. sales of prestige beauty products — those sold mainly in department stores — dropped 17% year over year to $3.7 billion during the third quarter, according to The NPD Group. That marked a softer decline than during the second quarter, buoyed by nail products and body products like soaps and exfoliators. Sales of fragrances were also up, according to the NPD data.



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Ulta shares have gained nearly 9% this year, bringing its market value to $15.5 billion. Although sales in its stores declined, Ulta’s e-commerce revenue more than tripled in its fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 1, signaling strong demand for beauty products online.

LVMH, Sephora,’s parent does not breakout Sephora’s sales performance in its financial reports. At the end of fiscal 2019, though,

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28 Unexpected Christmas Calendars to Crack Open Right Now

Tis the season to be merry, but with the pandemic surging and new restrictions going into effect seemingly daily, it’s more likely we’re all in for another month of monotony. Unfortunately, those boring silent nights don’t bring joy to the world and might be actively making us more depressed.

Research published in the journal Nature Neuroscience in May linked enhanced happiness and other positive emotions with new, diverse experiences, and found that this connection is related to a greater correlation of brain activity in the hippocampus and the striatum (a.k.a. the brain zones associated with the processing of novelty and reward).

“Our results suggest that people feel happier when they have more variety in their daily routines, go to novel places, and have a wider array of experiences,” explains New York University assistant psychology professor Catherine Hartley, who coauthored the paper. “These results suggest a reciprocal link between novel and diverse experiences and our subjective sense of well-being.”

But how to go from bah humbug to fab la la la with most normal strategies for shaking up routines like traveling, gathering with friends and family, dating, and even dining in new restaurants either unavailable or unsafe logistical nightmares in 2020? Two words: Advent calendars.

No, our brains haven’t turned to figgy pudding. Hear us out. Although the research was conducted pre-corona, the authors have noted, “Even small changes that introduce greater variability into the physical or mental routine may yield similar beneficial effects.”

Small changes could include a daily surprise. Having a door to open every day before Christmas or Hanukkah gives you something to look forward to after a long winter’s nap, and not knowing what’s behind them certainly qualifies as introducing greater variability. Sometimes, as is the case with LEGO’s offerings, Lovehoney’s lingerie loot, or the holiday baking countdown from Uncommon Goods, the present opening is just the beginning of what festivities your night now has in store.

And we’re not talking about those flimsy cardboard numbers filled with cheap chocolate. These days, there’s an advent calendar for every personality, hobby, interest, budget, and relationship type from musical playlists and luxury fragrance collections to crates full of cocktails and collectible toys. And if anyone gives you grief for splurging on any of the following best advent calendars we’ve assembled, tell ‘em you’re simply following the science to a wonderful life.

For Aspiring DJs

Get the holiday party started with this advent-style playlist of 25 Tannenbaum tunes from Sound Sentiments. Each day reveals a QR code for one festive classic that can be played on any device including “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Feliz Navidad,” José Feliciano’s bilingual banger which celebrates its 50th birthday in 2020. Shaped like a vinyl record, it’ll also be music to eco-friendly and pro-economy ears to find out that it’s made in the USA of 50 percent recycled materials.

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Digest: MU women open season with 96-78 win | Sports



Smiths help Mizzou roll past Oral Roberts 91-64

A sparse crowd, owing to COVID-19 restrictions, watches the first half of a game between Missouri and Oral Roberts on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)




The Missouri women’s basketball team opened its season with a 96-78 win over North Alabama at Mizzou Arena. Hayley Frank led the Tigers with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Aijha Blackwell, the St. Louis native, added 21 points and 10 rebounds. (Dave Matter)

Missouri State puts men’s basketball season on hold: Missouri State’s men’s program has suspended activities for at least two weeks because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing with its program. As a result, all game are canceled or postponed though Dec. 12. (News services)

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SIUC men’s coach tests positive for virus: Southern Illinois University Carbondale men’s basketball coach Bryan Mullins has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Friday, saying he was asymptomatic. The program has been shut down since Nov. 12 because of others testing positive. The women’s team also was paused Friday, for at least a week, because a player tested positive. (News services)

U.S. women win soccer exhibition match: Rose Lavelle and Kristie Mewis scored as the U.S. women won a rematch of last year’s World Cup final, beating the Netherlands by the same score as the match in Italy, 2-0, this time in Reda, Netherlands. The United States hadn’t played in 261 days because of the pandemic. (AP)

Meronk leads European golf tourney: Adrian Meronk opened a three-shot lead after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, European PGA Tour event in Malelane, South Africa. His second-round 66 moved him to 13 under par. Joachim B. Hansen and Richard Bland were tied for second, at 10 under. Robin Roussel, who shared the first-round lead with Meronk, has a 71 and fell into a tie for fourth place. (AP)

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Maryland women open season with 94-72 win over Davidson

As for the old, reloading with talent is routine for Frese, as is operating with a shorthanded, young roster. And the program is now a quinquagenarian: No. 12 Maryland tipped off its 50th season as a varsity team Friday with a 94-72 win over Davidson at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.

There’s nothing new about a nonconference win for the Terrapins.

After a first half full of foul trouble that resulted in a three-point lead at halftime, Maryland found the right level of aggression in the second half and settled into a groove on offense that helped carry it to a win.

Wings Diamond Miller, a sophomore, and Angel Reese, a freshman, led the team with 20 points apiece. Reese, who was the No. 2 player in the Class of 2020 and the program’s highest-ranked incoming freshman ever, was one rebound away from a double-double.

“I just played confident,” Reese said. “I wasn’t really nervous, but my teammates just gave me the confidence to come out there and just play my game. I had a rough start. … I was actually able to play how I play in the second half; everybody got to see that. It was a great feel for my first game, running the court, everything. The college environment, I just love it.”

Call it rust or season-opening jitters, but the Terps were off from long range early, and Miller was the only one to get to the foul line in the first half, when she made 6 of 8 attempts. Maryland relied on its defense and got a spark from Faith Masonius, a vocal, defensive-minded sophomore wing whose 10 points all came at the end of the second quarter.

But the first half wasn’t the best representation of what Freese believes this Maryland team can be. The Terps’ roster has a mix of experience levels — including a starting lineup that featured three newcomers in Reese and senior transfers Katie Benzan and Chloe Bibby — and the second half offered a more enticing glimpse of what their mix of veteran steadiness and potent offense could become.

Benzan, who joined the program this year after three seasons at Harvard, assertively helmed the offense and made 4 of 5 attempts from the field for 11 points in the second half, finishing with 13.

Reese and Miller ran the court with ease; both stand 6-foot-3 and are quick, and they used their long arms to disrupt Davidson on defense. On offense, they slipped to the basket in a flash, outpacing Davidson’s defenders for a bucket or at least drawing contact for a foul. Reese had 16 of her 20 points after halftime and made 6 of 9 tries from the free throw line.

“If you ask me who our two most consistent players have been all [preseason], it’s been those two,” Freese said of Miller and Reese. “They played how they’ve played leading up to this game — I thought, given the opportunity that you were able

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