138th Year
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Internet Edition
West Volusia's Original Hometown Newspaper
By GUY MYSTERY
Intrepid Reporter

  The DeLand Sun News was first published in 1876. After 115 years of operation, it was bought out by a competing paper in 1991. Publication was halted by 1992.
  This situation persisted until 2007, when the brand was revived online as a monument to this cherished local institution.
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Spotlight: Historic Athens Theater
The Athens Theatre is one of the few existing examples of a classic American theatre in Central Florida. Once the centerpiece of DeLand, the Athens Theatre is a jewel of Italian Renaissance architecture. This historic theatre was designed in 1921 by prominent Orlando architect Murray S. King and first opened its doors on January 6th, 1922. On January 5th, 1922, the eve of the theater's opening, the DeLand Daily News declared the Athens to be "Florida's Handsomest Theatre" and "a gem of architecture". The theatre's name was derived from the vision of DeLand's founder, Henry DeLand, who sought to create a city that would be the "Athens of Florida". Visit their website.


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DeLand Area News
For Saturday, August 30, 2014 (links are updated continually)


West Volusia Calendar of Events: Sept. 6-13.14
Saturday, Sept. 6 Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. west of the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, three-fourths of a mile west of U.S. Highway 17, on State Road 40, Barberville. Call 386-469-9409. ‘Waterpalooza’ 8 a.m. at Daytona Lagoon, 601 Earl St., Daytona Be ...

Lake Helen city administrator resigns
Lake Helen City Administrator K.C. Cichon has resigned, making him the fifth key city employee to exit within the past year. “He has put us on notice that he has accepted a position elsewhere, and given us about, I think, about six weeks or so to seek a replacement,” Lake Helen Mayor Buddy Snowd ...

DeLand's Mayor Apgar: ‘Bizarre’ election will be his last
DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, re-elected by a landslide Aug. 26, said “the nastiest and most bizarre election” he’s ever been involved in will also be his last. Fresh from a campaign that had the other side continually slinging insults at Apgar and his family members, as well as at city employees, t ...

Election highlights
Election highlights: • Veteran U.S. Rep. John Mica trounced three challengers in the District 7 race, winning 74.97 percent of the vote in Volusia County and a similar percentage districtwide. "I'm just glad it's over," the 11-term congressman said. "Tomorrow we've got a lot of issues facing the c ...

The sting of climate change: Jellyfish invade Florida beaches
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — This Labor Day weekend, thousands of Floridians and visitors may feel more than just the sting of a sunburn. Jellyfish are hanging around beaches, with at least 400 people stung last weekend alone. While the toxin-tentacled animal has long been a part of beach-life, "jellyfish b ...

 

Orange City father, son, charged with possession of child pornography
Two Orange City men, a father and son, are being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bond. Each is charged with possession of child pornography. Daryl Hunter, 52, and his son, Morgan Hunter, 21, of South Sparkman Avenue in Orange City, were the subjects of an Florida Department of Law Enf ...

Duke Energy called to explain billing
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 25, 2014 — Duke Energy Florida will have to explain to state regulators an ongoing change in its billing process that two lawmakers say is spiking costs. Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Monday asked Duke Energy Florida President Alex Glenn to appe ...

Election highlights: All Volusia County precincts counted by 11 p.m.
UPDATE 10:45 P.M.: Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall said Tuesday’s polling generally went smoothly, albeit with some bumps. “We had a 22.98 percent turnout, which is lower than my prediction of 25 percent,” McFall said at the end of a busy day. There were some problems with se ...

Nature Scenes:Grackles aren’t popular with farmers
The pieces of the puzzle fitted together in my mind as I saw a spunky lone female grackle at DeLeon Springs State Park one sunny day in May. She had most likely heard the tale of Juan Ponce de Leon finding the Fountain of Youth at this location. She flew around the swimming area, then strutted on th ...

Museum of Art - DeLand Camp Create artist show their creations
The Museum of Art - DeLand presented its seventh annual “Camp Create Exhibition” Aug. 16, celebrating seven weeks of art-integrated educational classes taken by area children ages 6-12. Camp Create was developed in 2008, and is an extension of continued art programming that was created for child ...

US News
For Saturday, August 30, 2014 (links are updated continually)


The week in 36 photos
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Meet the guardian of the galaxy
When a disaster of a mega-proportion hits a city - from a terror attack to a hurricane - there are procedures in place to deal with the aftermath. Suggest that the source of a serious humanitarian crisis could lie in outer space, however, and many will assume you are talking science fiction....

On the way to Pluto
NASA's New Horizons explorer is hurtling through space on its way to the outermost reaches of the solar system for a rendezvous with the small, icy "dwarf planet" of Pluto and its five moons....

Rosetta orbits comet
After a 10-year chase taking it billions of miles across the solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft made history Wednesday as it became the first probe to rendezvous with a comet on its journey around the sun....

Drugs 'as American as apple pie'
Heroin use has surged in cities across the U.S. CNN joins Detective David Betz as he and a confidential informant work to get illegal drugs off the streets....

 

'It's just a very, very sad place'
How do parents of addicts help their children without enabling them? CNN's Kelly Wallace gets a painfully honest look at what it's like to be in this situation....

Adam's story: 63 pills a day
The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication....

Grandmother's hooked on heroin
Cynthia Scudo was a mother and a grandmother who worked full-time. But behind her all-American image was a dark secret that could have killed her....

Your brain on heroin
Sanjay Gupta explains what happens to your brain on opiates, the key ingredient in heroin and other powerful narcotics....

How to get help for addiction
Facing the reality that "I need help" and knowing where to actually get it are crucial initial steps for anyone battling prescription drug addiction. The process to recovery can be one ridden with pain, denial and shame....

World News
For Saturday, August 30, 2014 (links are updated continually)


The week in 36 photos
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Look at me! 21 selfies of the week
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Inside 'hermit kingdom' of N. Korea
CNN's Will Ripley goes inside the "Hermit Kingdom" for an international wrestling festival....

What it's like reporting in Gaza
"If you're not scared, there's probably something wrong with you." Producer Jon Jensen reflects on his Gaza assignment....

Boot camp helps kick Net addiction
CNN's David McKenzie visits a school in China devoted to helping children kick their addiction to the Internet....

 

Who's your hero? Nominate them
They're your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues, your parents....

Soccer fans as an army for good
More than any single soccer player, the fans have taken center stage during the World Cup....

Taking autistic kids to ball game
For many families, a night at the ballpark is a treat. But it can be a nightmare for those with autistic children....

A bodybuilder with a big heart
Ned Norton was working as a fitness trainer for Olympic athletes and bodybuilders when a young man with a spinal cord injury asked him for help....

Helping grieving kids heal
At just 7 years old, Kyron Chase is facing the unimaginable: His father was murdered....

Sports
For Saturday, August 30, 2014 (links are updated continually)


Gus Johnson takes Ice Bucket Challenge, calls out Bill Raftery
Gus Johnson answers the Ice Bucket Challenge, and calls out one of his legendary broadcast partners.

Bon Jovi reportedly bounced from Bills bid group
Bon Jovi reportedly bounced from Bills bid group

Dana White: Renan Barao will not get a title shot when he returns
Renan Barao's weight cutting disaster that ended with him passed out in his hotel room will not only cost him his rematch with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 177, but it will cost him the chance to fight for the belt when he does return to action as well. 

Why an 18-game NFL schedule makes perfect sense
It's time the NFL scrapped two preseason games and extended the regular season to 18 games. More bang for everyone's buck, a win for the fans, a big win for the owners, and a smaller win for the players. 

Happy days are here again: Harvick wins his sixth pole of 2014
Kevin Harvick captures the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 4 Chevrolet he drives for Stewart-Haas Racing. It's his sixth pole of the season, equaling the number of poles he earned in his previous 13 seasons.

 

Kliff Kingsbury signs contract extension with Texas Tech through 2020
Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2020 season. It carries a guaranteed total base salary of $24.2 million over the course of the deal, sources tell FOX Sports.

David Beckham fell off his motorcycle, but don't worry he's mostly OK
He hurt his wrist, but luckily it wasn't worse.

Pair of Royals turn to perfume in effort to strike out stinkiness
Sorry, Old Spice, but Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar already have a scent they like to rock on the baseball field -- and you can find it only in the women's section. 

Incredible interview moment is the highlight of the U.S. Open so far
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, back in tennis headlines after 15 years of obscurity, upset No. 2 seed Simona Halep on Friday at the U.S. Open, then delivered a press conference moment that would give anyone chills.

Eli's Reddit AMA: Tom Brady is good lookin' @TheBuzzeronFOX
New York Giants QB Eli Manning did a Reddit AMA on Friday and boy did we learn some interesting things about Peyton’s brother.

Lifestyle
For Saturday, August 30, 2014 (links are updated continually)


Porn film moratorium lifted after HIV result proves false positive
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A moratorium on U.S. adult sex film productions was lifted on Friday after just 24 hours when a performer's initial HIV test result proved to be a false positive, according to...

Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5 million to Buffett son: lawyer
(Reuters) - A foundation controlled by the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett has paid $4.5 million for hundreds of artifacts belonging to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, a lawyer for Parks'...

ALS Association backs down on 'Ice Bucket' trademark attempt
(Reuters) - In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words "ice bucket challenge," the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

Poles recall Nazi seizure of radio station, see parallels with today
GLIWICE Poland (Reuters) - Joachim Fulczyk still remembers the fateful radio broadcast 75 years ago this weekend that provided Adolf Hitler with a pretext to launch his invasion of Poland that...

Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist
(Reuters) - A change in Germany's capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay...

 

In India, rice replaces ice in bucket challenge
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice in a bid to help the country's vast...

Trip Tips: Tour the dark side of Copenhagen's fairy tale
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Danish capital that fostered Hans Christian Andersen, the godfather of fairy tales, and hosts one of Europe's oldest royal lineages is also the setting for grisly murders...

Pittsburgh groom turns canceled wedding into charity benefit
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pittsburgh man whose wedding was called off is making the best of the situation, transforming his reception this weekend into a charity event for an organization that...

Indonesia massacre, Iran sanctions impact infuse Venice film offerings
VENICE (Reuters) - Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and how they affect ordinary people struck sombre notes at the...

Fatal heroin overdoses on the rise in New York City
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of deaths from accidental overdoses of opioid drugs has steadily risen in New York City since 2010, in part because of an apparent resurgence in heroin use, according...


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