The latest COVID casualty: Thanksgiving Day shopping

Allen Park — A night normally packed with long lines in front of stores, hot deals and midnight traffic was practically deserted Thursday in Metro Detroit as malls and most retailers were closed to Thanksgiving Day shopping amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A few dozen people were at the Allen Park Meijer store shortly before it closed at 4 p.m., grabbing last-minute Thanksgiving items and taking advantage of its day-before Black Friday buy-one-get-one for $1 deals.

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Jenny Fought of Dearborn Heights had the Meijer store in Allen Park largely to herself on Thanksgiving Day before it closed at 4 p.m. (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)

Meijer manager James Cherman said there were many fewer in-store shoppers Thursday than he anticipated, and predicts a long-lasting change in the industry.

“This pandemic might change Black Friday for years to come,” he said. “We’ll see how this weekend goes.”

Jenny Fought from Dearborn Heights finished cooking Thanksgiving dinner early and headed to Meijer to shop for her three young kids. Her cart was filled with half-off game, toys and stuffed animals.

“I was pretty bummed this year when they said many stores would be shut down, and I’m not a good online shopper,” said Fought, 39. “It’s probably better though, because I’m spending more time at home with family this year rather than shopping.”

Victoria Kelsey from Dearborn was pleasantly surprised to have the Meijer electronic aisles to herself.

“I absolutely hate Black Friday,” said Kelsey, 31. “There’s nowhere else that was open and it sucks, but I would rather people be safe. There’s nothing that would make it worth it for me. I hate crowds and would rather pay full price than to stand in line for hours. I’m glad even Meijer is closing early.”

The store hopes to attract shoppers with hot items like 40 Sony PlayStation 5’s for sale only online Friday to be picked up through the store’s curbside pickup.

Still, Jerome Stevenson researched the LG 75-inch television he wanted and found Meijer to be the only store to have it in stock at a competitive price.

“This year is obviously different. For my son and I, this is our regular routine and this TV was on sale for $699,” said Stevenson, 46, from Detroit. “The benefit of this year is that there are no long lines, which is great.”

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Apple Wick, assistant general manager at Macomb Mall, said comparing this year to any previous year is almost impossible with the pandemic affecting every aspect of American life.

“Retailers have been preparing for this weekend and season since reopening from the lockdown in June,” Wick said. “Guests can expect to find retailers adhering to not only the State of Michigan mandates and CDC recommendations, but also

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Hijab-wearing St. Cloud model Halima Aden takes step back from fashion

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Apollo High School graduate Halima Aden — who walked the runway for Kanye West’s Yeezy collection in February 2017 — made a surprise appearance at the first place she ever walked on, the culture show at Apollo.

MILAN (AP) — Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying the pandemic slowdown has allowed her to see instances when her desire to maintain a hijab was not properly respected.

Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, Aden moved to the United States with her family at age 7. She was the first Muslim homecoming queen at St. Cloud’s Apollo High School, the first Somali student senator at St. Cloud State University and the first hijab-wearing contestant in the Miss USA Minnesota pageant. 

Model and former Apollo student Halima Aden made an appearance Friday, May 5, at the Apollo High School culture show. (Photo: Jason Wachter, [email protected])

In a detailed Instagram story, Aden wrote this week that she was “not rushing back to the fashion industry” and that she had finally heard her mother’s pleas “to open my eyes.”

“My mom asked me to quite modeling a LONG time ago. I wish I wasn’t so defensive,’’ the 23-year-old model wrote. “Thanks to COVID and the breakaway from the industry I have finally realized where I went wrong on my hijab journey.’’

Aden became the first hijab-wearing model on the runways of Milan and New York, and has appeared on numerous magazine covers and in print campaigns.

Related: Kanye West casts hijab-wearing model Halima Aden in his Yeezy NYFW show

In her Instagram posts, Aden detailed where she felt the religious covering hijab had been respected — for example in a campaign for Rihanna’s Fenty beauty line — and where it had gone astray, showing an instance when her head had been wrapped in jeans.

“I was just so desperate back then for any ‘representation,’ that I lost touch with who I was,’’ she wrote on one post, and on another, wearing a crystal-encrusted headscarf, she said “”I should have walked off the set because clearly the stylist didn’t have a hijab wearing woman in mind.”

She said her acceptance of situations that showed a lack of respect for her beliefs was due to a mixture of rebellion and naivete. “What I blame the industry for is the lack of MUSLIM stylists,” she wrote.

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What Losing My Voice Taught Me About Listening

Darwin thought he had figured out how we humans emerged from the misty jungles. But language stumped him. In The Descent of Man, he speculated that language began as the grunts and beguilements of courtship, as a verbal form of competition among males. The very evolution of words, and the naming of things and ideas, was itself a brawl of the strong versus the weak. “The survival of certain favored words in the struggle for existence is natural selection,” he wrote.

I have learned, conversely to Darwin, that not talking is surprisingly pleasant and perhaps even beneficial to courtship.

Unable to talk above a wheeze, I sat through entire dinner parties, long walks, and car rides, just listening. Where before my brain would have whirred with the desire and need to speak and would have ransacked my mental archives for stories to tell or witticisms to impart, I just sat and absorbed. Energies and attentions were redeployed. Wonders ensued.

Not long ago, at a breezy dinner outside with two other couples, my wife of 27 years told several stories I had never heard before. I sat there slack-jawed. It turns out that when you don’t have an 18-wheeler passing you on the left, a person feels more at ease. I learned new things about her, and her parents, and the forces that shaped her as a child. “There was something about the total free-spiritedness of my parents that just made me yearn to go off to boarding school,” she said to a friend at the table, igniting a light in my head about her penchant for order.

Another friend told of how he’d been to the village in Sardinia that gave rise to the famous Mediterranean diet. People there enjoy the greatest longevity of almost anywhere in the world. “But when I got there,” he said, “I realized that what allowed them to live so long wasn’t just the food but also the strength of their friendships and the bonds of community.”

I said to myself, It isn’t just the olives, and that too was a delightful revelation. I felt replete on the drive home, deeply satisfied by all the things I had heard and all the things I hadn’t said.

I found this deep contentment in many settings. I had license to call people I hadn’t heard from in ages and say, “You do the talking.” I listened to friends joke and tell stories, and saw attributes in their gestures I hadn’t noticed before. On calls with our daughters, I marveled at the warmth and intricacies of the mother-daughter bonds.

A person is thought to be crazy when he hears voices in his head. The reality is, when left alone, we are all engaged in a steady monologue. We narrate our thoughts and flesh them out in language, whether spoken or not. To that extent, we are always talking to ourselves.

Monks famously take vows of silence. Saint Augustine understood the value of both simplicity and balance.

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Vanderbilt football team considers women’s soccer team goalie for kicker

The football team at Vanderbilt University is considering having the goalkeeper of the women’s soccer team fill in as its field-goal kicker after positive COVID-19 tests on the team created a number of vacancies on the roster.

Less than a week after her performance on the pitch helped Vanderbilt to a Southeastern Conference title in soccer, goalkeeper Sarah Fuller is an “option” for Vanderbilt Coach Derek Mason.

“She’s really good with a soccer ball. She seems to be pretty good with a football, so we’ll see,” Mason told reporters. “We’re keeping all options open right now, and we’ll get a chance to see what she does on Saturday if given the opportunity.”

The coronavirus wreaked havoc on a busy college football season, threatening to keep teams across the country from completing all games on their schedule.

Fuller, who was reported to be in full pads and uniform at Tuesday practice, would be the first female to play college football since April Gross kicked an extra point for Kent State University in 2015.

Pierson Cookie and Wes Farley are the Commodores’ usual field goal kickers. Cooke has struggled, going only 3-7 in field goal tries this year. Mason did not confirm which of the two, or if both, have contracted the coronavirus.

During an ESPN interview on Wednesday, Mason said that he was “extremely close” with Vanderbilt women’s soccer coach Darren Ambrose, which has helped move the situation forward.

“Obviously, I followed them through the tournament,” Mason said. “For us, it’s like any week in college football. You’re subject to testing, and then, based on testing, you’ve gotta figure out options of where you go.”

Mason called Fuller a “complete competitor” and said he was hopeful she might provide some stability to a kicking unit that has struggled to find consistency this season.

Vanderbilt is 0-7 on the season and faces Missouri on Saturday.

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Which Central California malls, shopping centers are open during Thanksgiving weekend?

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — With COVID-19 restrictions in place in much of Central California and many residents changing their plans and taking to online shopping instead of hitting the stores, this year’s Thanksgiving weekend is anything but typical.

But those of you Valley residents who still want to shop in person during the weekend, don’t despair.

Malls and shopping centers in Fresno, Merced, Visalia, Tulare, and Hanford are open from Black Friday onward, and are even offering photos with Santa to help your family celebrate the holiday season.


Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26: Closed
Black Friday, Nov. 27: 6 am – 10 pm
Saturday, Nov. 28: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, Nov. 29: 11 am – 8 pm

Fashion Fair is offering a contactless photo-op experience with Santa, starting Friday, Nov. 27. You’ll have to reserve your spot and wear masks. Learn more here.

RELATED: Fashion Fair Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, open early on Black Friday


Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26: All stores and restaurants are closed, except for Mimi’s Cafe (7 am -8 pm), Ruth’s Chris Steak House (11 am-8 pm), Starbucks (5 am-8 pm), Uncle Harry’s Bagels (6 am-1 pm), Victory Jewelry (11 am-7 pm), XK Gifts (12 pm-5 pm), Carls Jr. (6 am-1 am) and Texas de Brazil (11 am – 8:30 pm).
Black Friday, Nov. 27: All stores and restaurants are open, except for Broilers.

Several popular stores are opening early on Black Friday, including:

  • Best Buy (5 am-10 pm);
  • Bath & Body Works (6 am – 12 am);
  • H&M (8 am – 10 pm);
  • Macy’s (5 am – 12 am);
  • Sephora (8 am – 9 pm);
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods (5 am – 10 pm);
  • Kohl’s (5 am – 12 am);
  • Target (7 am – 11 pm);
  • You can book a virtual visit with Santa at River Park here.


    Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26: Closed
    Black Friday, Nov. 27: 9 am – 9 pm
    Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 am – 9 pm
    Sunday, Nov. 29: 11 am – 6 pm

    Santa Claus will be visiting Merced Mall on Friday, Nov. 27, at 1 pm. You can get contact-free photos in person or sign up and purchase a virtual photo experience here.

    RELATED: Some local small businesses you can shop at during the holiday season


    Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26: Closed
    Black Friday, Nov. 27: 7 am – 9 pm
    Saturday, Nov. 28: 10 am – 9 pm
    Sunday, Nov. 29: 11 am – 6 pm

    Starting Friday, Nov. 27, you can get professional photos with Santa taken at Visalia Mall – but first, make your reservations here.

    You can get more information on Santa’s visiting hours here.


    Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26: Closed
    Black Friday, Nov. 27: 5 am – 8 pm
    Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 am – 9 pm
    Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 am – 7 pm

    Tulare Outlets will be playing Christmas music and giving away drinks

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    Mexican Bloque Negro feminists occupy human rights offices for end to sexual violence, femicide

    So they have made one. They kicked the government workers out of the federal Human Rights Commission building in Mexico City. They covered the walls with the names of rape victims and hung posters with the faces of the dead. Then they invited women and children to shelter.

    “In here, you realize that you’re not really alone, that we have all suffered some kind of gender violence and nobody has taken care of us — not the state, not the police,” said Cali, a 26-year-old member of the group Bloque Negro, who like others spoke on the condition that her full name not be used for fear of reprisal. “So, it makes you feel safe to know that in here we can take care of ourselves.”

    The occupation of the stately marble building in Mexico City’s central historic district, which began in September, is one of the most extreme acts of a feminist movement that has grown more aggressive amid the intensifying violence and what its members say is official inaction.

    Last year, authorities here reported a record 3,142 femicides — the killing of girls and women for their gender. Activists say an undercurrent of machismo that runs through every part of Mexican society — families, communities, the government — is as much to blame as the perpetrators who kill, on average, nearly 10 females a day.

    Elected leaders “say that they don’t know why we are angry, they say that everything is fine in the country,” said Doc, a 21-year-old who helps treat injured protesters. “But the situation is abysmal.”

    Protests to fight the physical and sexual violence have overtaken cities across the country. None of the activists’ demands — including police training, a public review of government actions to stop the violence and a guarantee of the protesters’ safety have been met.

    The shelter has been a safe harbor for women fleeing violent homes, abusive relationships, sexual assault, threats or the fear of being female in a country where researchers say femicides have grown by 130 percent in the past five years.

    President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has spoken against the violence. But he has also condemned the vandalism and violence at the feminists’ demonstrations. Protesters have dumped paint on statues, vandalized monuments, shattered windows and set fires.

    López Obrador, a populist who rode a wave of dramatic demonstrations to prominence himself, has suggested the activists are protesting the “wrong way.”

    “Without a doubt the feminist movement deserves all our respect, but I do not agree with violence,” he told reporters in September. “That we all achieve peace and tranquility, that is an objective that we have. We are working toward that.”

    The activists say the vandalism isn’t a byproduct of their protests — it’s a tactic.

    “For years, they protested peacefully, going to the Monument [to Independence] with photos and candles, and nobody paid any attention,” said a 22-year-old university student at the shelter who wore a black hood and mask. “It was not until private

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    No shopping on Black Friday? Here are 7 things to do instead



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    The coronavirus pandemic may deter many people from their traditional Black Friday shopping this year, so here’s what they — and those who never shop on the day after Thanksgiving anyway — can do with their day.

    Take a hike, ride a bike

    Treasure Coast trails have been busy with hikers and bikers at parks and preserves for passive recreation during the pandemic. With some relief from the summer heat, now is the best time of year to explore local nature.

    Martin County has nearly 95 miles of trails in 109 parks and conservation lands totaling over 40,000 acres. Indian River County has 47 miles of trails. St. Lucie County has 42 miles of trails in 21 preserves totaling 12,000 acres.

    More: Treasure Coast trails busy with hikers, bikers 

    More: Need to get out? Things to do locally while social distancing


    The grand opening weekend of the Treasure Coast Park and Watch drive-in movie night kicked off April 17, 2020, at Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce.

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    Catch a drive-in movie

    Drive-in movies have made a comeback during COVID-19. Check out Treasure Coast Park and Watch at the Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce. The movies change every weekend and cost $5 per person. People listen by tuning into a radio station. They must stay in their vehicles except when using public restrooms. Sitting in or on truck beds, tailgates, vehicles trunks, motorcycles or open convertibles isn’t allowed. Food, popcorn and drinks are available for purchase and delivery to vehicles.

    More: Drive-in movie night returns as new outdoor cinema on Treasure Coast

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    Among the various forms of wildlife that can be seen at Round Island Riverside Park are manatee, which frequent the park during the cooler months. (Photo: PATRICK DOVE/TCPALM)

    Kayak, paddleboard or canoe

    If the weather cooperates, take kayaks, standup paddleboards or canoes for a trip along the Indian River Lagoon. The watercraft are available for rent across the area. For beginners, Round Island south of Vero Beach is a great place to start and possibly see manatees. For those seeking a challenge, meander along a hidden kayaking trail at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park south of Stuart, as long as the tides are timed correctly.

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    Go bowling, golfing or disc golfing

    Most local bowling alleys and golf entertainment venues have reopened, following social distancing guidelines. Disc golf is another sport gaining popularity on the Treasure Coast, with new courses being added in some of the region’s most popular outdoor public spaces. Plus, it’s played entirely outdoors. “Disc golf is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, disc golf players use golf discs and aim for a disc golf basket, a pole

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    Best Amazon Black Friday Deals on Celebrity-Favorite Fashion Pieces

    Take style cues from your favorite celebrity and save serious cash with these incredible deals included in Amazon’s Black Friday sale event! From Kate Middleton’s two favorite sneaker brands to Meghan Markle’s chic espadrille sandals, we’ve rounded up the best celebrity-fave pieces on sale now on Amazon. 

    Ahead of Cyber Monday, Amazon Black Friday deals include white hot sales and discounts from loads of fashion brands such as Calvin Klein Underwear, Adidas, Rebecca Minkoff, Levi’s and more. Now, you can score a great deal on a variety of fashion items worn by your favorite stars. 

    The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing these sleek New Balance sneakers on multiple occasions. Available in a variety of colors, these monochrome sneakers will pair perfectly with all of your athleisure outfits.

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    With its knit upper and molded foam heel, the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V2 Sneaker is a great comfortable workout shoe. 

    REGULARLY $84.95

    $57.66 at Amazon

    These classic Superga sneakers are the perfect everyday shoe, available in over 30 colors. It’s another favorite sneaker of Middleton’s. These simple canvas shoes go with pretty much everything. Pair them with leggings while you’re out running errands. 

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    The Superga 2750 Cotu style is a wardrobe staple — style with dresses, leggings or trousers. 

    REGULARLY $64.95

    $39 at Amazon

    Two different footwear styles the Duchess of Sussex has worn are also part of Prime Day deals. The Castañer espadrille wedges she rocked while visiting Australia are 21% off. Another royal-approved sneaker on discount is the classic Reebok running shoe, which Markle was seen in numerous times (with a yoga mat in tow) years before she became duchess.

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    Grab this royal-approved espadrille wedge sandal from Castañer before it sells out. 

    $135 at Amazon


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    These retro-style Reebok sneakers are timeless, featuring the iconic rubber outsole. 


    $49.99 at Amazon

    Snag Justin Bieber’s signature slip-on shoes, Crocs, on sale. Unisex, waterproof and available in a range of colors, these shoes are a great option for effortless wear.

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    In addition to these celebrity-loved fashion pieces, Black Friday is offering price cuts on loungewear, electronics, women’s clothing, travel gear, designer handbags, designer dresses, designer sunglasses, activewear, designer backpacks, swimwear, men’s clothing, jewelry, tie dye pieces and so many more products.

    Be sure to sign into your account for access to free two-day shipping on select items. You can also download the Amazon app to

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    Virus alert for shopping centres as SA works to contain cluster

    Contact tracers are still working to contain Adelaide’s Parafield cluster with two new COVID-19 cases linked to the outbreak that plunged the state into lockdown.

    One case, a man in his 40s, was already self-isolating at the time of testing positive.

    The other, a teenage girl from Woodville High School, attended the pizza bar for a “very brief time”, South Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Nicola Spurrier told Today.

    “We are still trying to work out how in fact she contracted the disease,” Professor Spurrier said today.

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    “She had certainly had a very brief time at the Woodville Pizza Bar on the 14th of November and that was the time that we know there were infectious cases there.

    “So we are urging every South Australian if you did get a pizza from there to get a test done and stay isolated.”

    Sections of the school were forced into lockdown after the student tested positive to COVID-19.

    Despite the growing cluster, Professor Spurrier said she wanted the state to enjoy a Christmas as normal as possible.

    “I as much as everybody else in South Australia, want to have a normal Christmas,” she said.

    “There are going to be some restrictions and my team and I are working through those.”

    Virus alert issued for shopping centres

    A fresh coronavirus alert has been issued for two shopping centres in the state, believed to be linked to the Parafield cluster.

    Anyone who visited Armada Arndale Shopping Centre and Port Adelaide Plaza is being asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they appear.

    There are now 31 cases linked to the Parafield outbreak, with 4800 people deemed close contacts.

    The hours of concern at the Armada Arndale Shopping Centre include Sunday November from 11am-11.30am and Sunday November 15 from 11.30am until 12.30pm.

    For Port Adelaide Plaza, those who visited the centre on Sunday November 15, between 3pm-3.30pm, and Friday November 13, between 6.40pm and 9.30pm are being warned to watch out for symptoms.

    Some outdoor COVID-19 testing clinics will close early today due to extreme heat to hit the state.

    Adelaide is expected to reach 40 degrees, forcing authorities to shut down sites where people would be waiting in queues outside. A full list of locations can be found here.

    Police are also warning people not to congregate on beaches in large crowds.

    Premier Steven Marshall announced that South Australia would be launching QR code mandatory check-ins from December 1.

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