16 Duval County leaders in women’s sports honored with shopping spree

Mark A. Carlson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sixteen women leaders in athletics from Duval County Public Schools were honored Tuesday afternoon with a shopping spree in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The event was made possible by Academy Sports and Outdoors. Fifteen of the women were athletic directors in the district and received a $300 Academy gift card to shop the store for new equipment for their respective school programs.

Englewood High School coach Cynthia Bateh has guided student-athletes for 40 years. She’s watched the opportunities for young women grow in athletics and beyond, thanks to Title IX, the law leveling the playing field for women’s sports.

“Having families come through Englewood, so I’ve coached the mom, dad, the children, so it’s just exciting. It’s exciting that we are being put out there as women in sports,” Bateh said.

And one of her former students, Michelle Bourgholtzer, now the dean

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Elderly women robbed at gunpoint while lunching at Stanford Shopping Center | News

Mark A. Carlson

Police are looking for the man on the bicycle pictured above for stealing purses from two women in an armed robbery at Stanford Shopping Center on Jan. 18, 2022. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

A man who pointed a handgun at two elderly women stole their purses on Tuesday afternoon at Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto police said.

The robbery, which occurred at the popular mall at 180 El Camino Real, did not result in physical injuries. The man approached the two women as they were eating lunch outside True Food Kitchen, pointed a black handgun at them and demanded their purses, police said in a press release. The women, one who is in her 70s and the other who is in her 80s, complied, police said. The incident was reported around 2:45 p.m. and officers immediately responded.

The man was initially thought to have fired a shot into the

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3 Black Women Founders Launch AMP Beauty LA, The Online Shopping Destination Reformatting The Black Beauty Store Experience

Mark A. Carlson
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Former classmates and sorority sisters, Montré Moore, Phyllicia Phillips, and Angel Lenise are redefining the Black beauty store experience with their company, AMP Beauty LA. While the buying power of Black women in the beauty industry holds steady at 9 times more than any other ethnic group, we remain among the most underserved. Not only are there very few options for elevated shopping experiences, (most Black women still score their products from the neighborhood stores predominantly owned by Koreans), Angel Lenise tells NBC News that “75% of products marketed to us…are toxic.”

“So this group that spends the most in this category is exposed to the most toxic ingredients…and that’s wrong,” she continued.

For this reason, the ladies behind AMP Beauty LA founded a marketplace that focuses on clean beauty products made for and by Black women. And in this way, the company serves

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10 Best Women’s Tennis Shoes, Reviewed 2022

Mark A. Carlson

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Whether you’re a round-robin veteran or gearing up for your first beginner drill, having the right tennis shoes is a necessity. Tennis requires a huge range of movement: running backward, lunging, sidestepping, and even sliding (for Francesca Schiavone wannabes), which is why running shoes and other nonspecific sneakers won’t cut it on the court. Proper footwear will give you support for 360 degrees of movement and even a mental boost, which writer Emilia Monell can attest to. As Monell, who trained at IMG Academy under Nick Bollettieri and played for Columbia University’s varsity team, explains, “My coaches always said I had more energy the first day I got new shoes.”

There are also external factors to take into account, such as the surface: Are you partial to clay courts or hard courts? Do you toggle between surfaces based on the season? With so many considerations,

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Online women’s clothier tries on brick-and-mortar store in Short Pump

Mark A. Carlson

Erma Jean co-founders and sisters Lauren Llewellyn, left, and Katelyn Peretti. (Photos courtesy of Erma Jean)

Prompted in part by a pivot it made earlier in the pandemic, a 2-year-old local online retailer is going brick-and-mortar in Short Pump.

Erma Jean, which also sells shoes and accessories, plans to open Jan. 29 at 11741 W. Broad St. in The Shoppes at Westgate.

The 1,200-square-foot shop was previously home to another women’s clothing store called Dress Society Boutique.

Co-founders and sisters Lauren Llewellyn and Katelyn Peretti launched Erma Jean online in November 2019. The expansion into a physical storefront comes as the culmination of a pandemic-prompted shift into pop-ups, trunk shows and personalized shopping experiences.

“Looking back, that was a point in our business where we decided to pivot our direction and started to find ways to still reach women, not just online, during that time they could no

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The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her in 2022 to Shop Now

Mark A. Carlson

It’s the most romantic time of the year, and with it comes the quest for the best Valentine’s Day gifts for her. Shopping for the perfect gifts for the special women in your life can be overwhelming at the start. But whether you’re shopping for your mother, sister, aunt, best friend, or special someone, we’ve curated a list of best Valentine’s Day gifts sure to garner an extra special “I love you.”

Sign up for “The Buyline” to receive a curated list of fashion, books, and beauty buys right to your inbox.

Ditch that box of chocolates and go for a stylish statement-making gift, maybe a bold Kate Spade coat or luxe accessories like Carrie Bradshaw-inspired Manolo Blahnik pumps? You can never go wrong with jewelry like sparkling pieces from Mejuri. Or for the beauty enthusiast, the perfect red lipstick from Sephora. And who can resist the scent of

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Women robbed of purses at Stanford Shopping Center

Mark A. Carlson

PALO ALTO – Officers were investigating the armed robbery of two women Tuesday at the Stanford Shopping Center, police said.

The victims, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s, were dining together at True Food Kitchen at about 2:45 p.m. when a man approached them, displayed a black handgun and demanded their purses, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release.

Police said the victims handed over their purses and heard the suspect’s gun make a “pop” or “click” noise.

“As other witnesses reported seeing an orange color on the gun (including possibly at its tip), police believe it is possible the weapon was a replica handgun,” police said.

Police did not find a projectile or damage from a projectile at the scene. No injuries were reported.

The suspect was described as a man in his late teens or early 20s and about 6

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8 adaptable clothing brands for people with disabilities

Mark A. Carlson

You may find yourself asking what adaptive clothing is. The truth is, this is a question for many, as it usually arises from the lack of integration with those less abled.

In other words, if you aren’t a part of the disabled community, which is comprised of those with disabilities and those that know someone with a disability, you would never have a need to understand the importance of adaptive clothing.

While adaptive clothing isn’t a need to everyone, it is pivotal to people who face difficulties when it comes to dressing independently.

Although there is still a long way to go for companies to understand inclusivity on a wider scale, some brands are taking initiative in this space.

Keep reading to discover the best adaptive clothing brands for adults and children.


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Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall adding four new stores, four more coming

Mark A. Carlson

BOCA RATON — A high-end jewelry store, a designer women’s clothing store, an athletic apparel shop and a luxury swimwear and summer clothing store are now open at Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall, with four more stores coming in the next few months. 

The store openings arrive despite the coronavirus pandemic upending the apparel industry and shopping centers. After two years of dealing with social distancing, masks and uneasiness, the mall plans to welcome a host of new retailers across dining, entertainment and fashion.

Even before the pandemic, malls were confronting declining numbers of shoppers as customers turned to the internet and cheaper outlets.

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But while many

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3 women arrested after pepper-spraying victims during purse-snatching incidents outside 2 stores, documents state

Mark A. Carlson

HOUSTON – Three women are facing charges after pepper-spraying two victims during two different purse-snatching incidents at two local grocery store parking lots, according to court records.

Shervantiana Jahira Walker, 21; Chelsea Crawford, 28; and Shanay Monique Broussard, 30, have all been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.

First aggravated robbery

According to court documents, on Sept. 9, an elderly woman was pushing her shopping cart in the Randall’s grocery store parking lot, located at 3131 W. Holcombe Blvd., around 2 p.m. As the woman approached her Jeep, another woman jumped out of the passenger side of a light-colored vehicle parked next to her and began pepper spraying her in the eyes while trying to steal her purse. The victim was holding on to her purse, which was in the shopping cart with the strap wrapped around the handle.

That is when the suspect allegedly tried to undo the

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Texas woman arrested after allegedly trying to buy another woman’s child for $500,000 at Walmart

Mark A. Carlson

A Texas woman has been arrested last week after allegedly attempting to buy a woman’s child at a Walmart store, police say.

Rebecca Lanette Taylor, 49, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sale or purchase of a child, a third-degree felony, according to jail records.

Taylor allegedly approached a woman who had her baby in a car seat and one-year-old son in a shopping cart at the self-checkout section of a Walmart in Crockett, about 120 miles north of Houston, on Jan. 13.

Taylor allegedly commented on the woman’s son’s blonde hair and blue eyes and asked “how much she could purchase him for,” according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by NBC News. 

The mom “tried to laugh this comment off, thinking Taylor was joking. Taylor told her that she had $250,000 in the car and she would pay that much for him. (The mom) told her no amount

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‘Baby clothes bandits’ Video appears to show women stealing baby clothes from Louisiana store

Mark A. Carlson

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) —  The owner of a local children’s clothing boutique is asking for the public’s help to identify two women who she said were caught stealing from her store on Johnston Street.

It happened Monday at Melodi’s Belles and Beaus Boutique in the South College Shopping Center in Lafayette.

According to owner Melanie Cunningham, security cameras show the two suspects walk into the store wearing masks, and looking around.

In a surveillance video sent to KLFY, one suspect appears to act as a decoy while a second suspect places two items inside her purse.

“When you steal from me, you have not only robbed me, but my employees and my customers! I have worked my butt off to keep my business alive and well, and people do stuff like this.” Cunningham said.

Both then fled

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2 women claim they were tracked with an Apple AirTag while shopping in south Orange County

Mark A. Carlson
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (KABC) — Two women believe they were tracked with an Apple AirTag while they were shopping in south Orange County on Saturday.

Adrianna Ballesteros spoke with Eyewitness News on Tuesday and said she and her friend think the device was used to follow them home.

“I immediately turned around, I was like, ‘I’m not going home because we were together the whole night in my car,'” she said. “So I was like, ‘If anything, it’s probably on my car.'”

The women later searched for the device in their purses, shopping bags and Ballesteros car, but nothing was found.

The button-sized devices can attach to almost anything via a key ring, and iPhone users can use a feature on their phones called “Find My” that allows them to track a tag’s location using Bluetooth.

Android users can download the Tracker Detect app from the Google Play store to

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More women slain by “shopping cart killer” identified as police look for more victims, authorities say

Mark A. Carlson

Authorities in Virginia have positively identified the remains of two women they say were killed by a man they believe is a serial killer who used a shopping cart to transport his victims’ bodies after meeting them on dating sites. CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reports police also believe they have identified a fifth victim of the alleged serial killer.

WUSA-TV reports that police said DNA analysis confirmed that remains found in a container in Fairfax County on Dec. 15 belong to 29-year-old Cheyenne Brown, of Washington, D.C., and 48-year-old Stephanie Harrison, of Redding, Calif. Fairfax County Police Chief Keven Davis and Major Ed O’Carroll made the announcement during a news conference Friday evening.

Police believe Anthony Robinson, 35, of Washington, D.C., is responsible for the deaths of four women found at two different locations in Virginia. Police have previously dubbed Robinson the “shopping cart killer.”  

“After he inflicts trauma to his

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NorCal woman ID’d as victim of ‘shopping cart’ serial killer

Mark A. Carlson

(KRON) — A Northern California woman was murdered by an East Coast serial killer who preyed on victims through dating apps and lured women to motels, investigators said.

Stephanie Harrison was murdered by the “shopping cart killer” while she was on vacation in Washington D.C., Virginia police said at a recent news conference.

“DNA evidence has confirmed the identities of Cheyenne Brown, 29 years old, of Washington D.C., and Stephanie Harrison, 48 years old, of Redding, Calif., as the victims found in a container near the Moon Inn Motel in Alexandria, (Virginia),” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said.

The accused serial killer is 35-year-old Anthony Eugene Robinson. He is currently behind bars in Rockingham County Jail.

Police dubbed Robinson the “shopping cart killer” because he allegedly used shopping carts to move victims’ bodies from motels to remote areas.

Shopping Cart Killer
Two women’s bodies were found inside a container left near this
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Police ID ‘shopping cart killer’ suspect tied to deaths of multiple women

Mark A. Carlson

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia authorities believe they have a serial killer in custody after they’ve linked the deaths of two women in the Shenandoah Valley to two other victims whose remains were found in the Northern Virginia area.

Authorities have dubbed him the “shopping cart killer.”

Police say the suspect, 35-year-old Washington, D.C. resident Anthony Robinson, would transport the victims’ bodies in a shopping cart after the slayings. He also connected with at least some of the victims online on dating sites and would meet them at hotels, authorities said.

Robinson was originally arrested on Nov. 23 in Harrisonburg after police found the bodies of two missing women, 54-year-old Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, of Harrisonburg, and 39-year-old Tonita Lorice Smith, of Charlottesville, in the same vacant lot on Linda Lane.

He was arrested after surveillance footage and phone records connected him to the killings, per Harrisonburg Police

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Buying and selling sneakers for profit

Mark A. Carlson

Sneaker resale has become one of the biggest investment opportunities for those with know-how, and The Edit LDN is sourcing the most popular and rarest of the lot.

Self-anointed “Farfetch of sneakers,” the London-based platform was launched by former consultant Moses Rashid with the name The Edit Man London in January 2020. Rashid changed the name to The Edit LDN later that year. He originally built the platform to personally gain access to limited and “hype” sneakers quickly, he admitted. “We dropped the ‘man’ part of our name because we realized there are a lot of female consumers here,” he said. The Edit LDN’s sales grew 450% from year one to year two, superseding all of its targets, from conversion rates to return customer rates. It is one of the biggest local reselling platforms.

In October of 2021, the company launched an ongoing partnership with Harrods on the retailer’s first-ever

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Lafayette boutique owners offer free shopping to wildfire victims

Mark A. Carlson

Due South has already arranged $500 shopping sprees for 80 women impacted by the Marshall Fire, and there is a waiting list of more victims who need assistance.

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — When thinking about disaster recovery, stocking a cute boutique may not sound like essential work. However, when the fires spared the women’s clothing store Due South in Lafayette the owners opened their business to any woman affected by the fires, inviting them to shop for free.

“Watching the news and then just seeing everything the next day, just heart wrenching,” said Noel DeVries, who owns Due South with her daughter and son-in-law. “So we were looking for ways to reach out to the community and just provide hope,” she said.

Due South posted on social media that the store would offer $500 worth of shopping to any women needing help after the fire. People from across the country started

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Woman caught on video making anti-Asian rant in Montreal-area grocery store

Mark A. Carlson

“I felt threatened,” says Ken Mak, who was at a Nuns’ Island IGA when another customer pulled down her mask and launched into a tirade against Chinese people regarding the pandemic.

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A Montreal man is speaking out after being the victim of an anti-Asian rant while grocery shopping this week.


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Ken Mak was at a checkout counter when a female customer pulled down her mask and launched into a tirade against

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Expert Tips for Snow Boot Shopping

Mark A. Carlson

Many people probably don’t think much about their snow boots—until suddenly, they’re stuck trudging through a snowstorm, their socks soggy and toes frozen.

Don’t let that be you.

We can help. For starters, the picks in our guide to the best winter boots will keep you warm, dry, and on your feet as you brave slick sidewalks and ankle-deep snowdrifts. What else should you keep in mind while snow boot shopping? Here’s some advice.

Choose a pair of tall boots

A waterproof sole can be pivotal to keeping your feet dry, but the height of your winter boots is just as important. Boots with tall shafts, measuring about 8 to 10 inches, keep snow from falling in—and it’s even better if you can find a design like our top pick, the Kamik Nation Plus (men’s sizes), that has a snow collar, which lines the opening of the boot. Also make

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