140th Year
Friday, May 27, 2016
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 Friday, May 27, 2016 (links are updated continually)


Volusia County Sheriff's Office to host gun turn-in program in DeLand
For a sixth year, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office will host a program to take unwanted guns off the county’s streets. The program, dubbed Kicks 4 Guns, allows anyone to turn in an unwanted gun to law enforcement, no questions asked, in exchange for a $50 Publix gift card. The event runs from ...

Volusia County sheriff's deputies, kids share a week of summer fun
More than 70 campers lined up for dinner outside the chuck wagon at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville Thursday, just like any other night. Then, in the distance, sirens. A lot of them. Read the whole story, in the Aug. 17-19, 2015, Midweek edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The ...

Hatters turn attention toward first scrimmage
With 11 of 30 preseason practices in the books, the Stetson Hatters will have a light day today, Friday, Aug. 14, as they look ahead to Saturday’s (Aug. 15) first of three scheduled scrimmages. The scrimmage, which is expected to have between 100-130 plays, will start at 8:30 a.m. on the lower pra ...

Volusia County Sheriff's Office names employees of the quarter
Five Volusia County Sheriff's Office employees have been honored as employees of the quarter, officials announced. Those recipients are Investigator Julian Elmazi, Deputy Miguel Roman, Tara Pronovost, Jennifer Clay and Alan Ponder. Each of the recipients has been awarded for exceptional work in his ...

Video footage: DeLand woman tells authorities she felt unsafe stopping for traffic stop
This unedited video is body camera footage from Officer W. Godwin of the DeLand Police Department, taken just before 9:30 p.m. on 8/5/15 during a traffic stop involving 19-year-old Sextoneriya "Neri" Keith of DeLand. A Volusia County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop Keith for running a red light at B ...

 

DeLand Police Dept. announces registration for Citizens Academy fall semester
Registration is now open for the 15th fall session of the DeLand Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, officials at the DeLand Police Department announced this week. The 11-week academy will begin Sept. 3, according to Officer Rod Hancock. The classes will allow members of the community to ...

DeLand area carjacking victim dragged by his own vehicle, deputies say
A carjacking that began just east of DeLand early Saturday morning resulted in the victim being dragged by his own vehicle, authorities said. Darrion Tompert, 21, of Daytona Beach, faces charges including carjacking, fleeing or attempting to elude a law-enforcement officer, possession of ammunition ...

Nature Scenes: Great white heron larger and taller than great blue heron
The Sibley Guide to Birds is a birder’s bible, and the 2000 edition of the guide identified the bird I photographed for this column as a great blue heron, white morph. For years, many bird experts have quibbled, some of them declaring this long-legged wader to be a great white heron. Hmmm. I had n ...

Gov. Scott announces expansion of DeLand business
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that Frontier Communications Corp.’s inbound-call center in DeLand will expand its operation into another business unit, adding 400 new jobs. “I am excited to announce that 400 jobs will be created in DeLand thanks to Frontier Communications’ newest expansion. ...

Florida Hospital seeking nominations for 2015 community-service award
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is seeking nominations for the Johana Knox Award for Community Service Excellence, according to Lindsay Rew, media contact for the hospital. This is the seventh year in a row that the organization will present the award, according to Rew. Three awards will be presente ...

US News
For Friday, May 27, 2016 (links are updated continually)


Nearly 60,000 U.S. bridges are in desperate need of repair
Nearly 40 million Americans will kick off one of the busiest travel seasons in history this Memorial Day weekend, jarred by potholes on America's roads, crossing her aging bridges, riding her antiquated railways and taking off from airports that draw international scorn.

Take a deeper look at D.C.'s corroding Arlington bridge

Spectacular new bridges around the world
In a world of bamboo skyscrapers and transforming apartments, it's easy to forget about the bridge, the humble structure that makes getting from point A to B all the more simple.

Where almost no one lawyers up

Navy probing 'American Sniper' medal records
The Navy is investigating why documents show a discrepancy between the number of medals awarded to Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and what he wrote about in his best-selling book "American Sniper.

 

Photo reveals Haitian West Point grad's American dream

Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds
The results are in from the one of the largest and broadest surveys of health in the United States. And although many of the findings are encouraging -- more Americans had health insurance and fewer smoked cigarettes in 2015 than in previous years -- the gains were overshadowed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

Woman busted with meth-stuffed burritos

A new future of TSA security lanes?
New experimental TSA passenger screening lines opened for the first time. Are they faster?

Shipwreck found at Boston work site

World News
For Friday, May 27, 2016 (links are updated continually)


Iraqi troops retake key town from ISIS
Iraqi security forces and supporting militias have retaken the key town of Karma from ISIS, the government's first significant victory in its push to recapture Falluja, a spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operations Command said Thursday.

ISIS lets Raqqa residents flee city

Did ISIS take out Russian copters?
Russia is denying reports that ISIS struck and destroyed a significant amount of its military equipment in Syria.

Obama at Hiroshima: What to watch for

88 migrants rescued as 2nd boat capsizes
A dramatic rescue operation is underway off the coast of Libya on Thursday, a day after another ship capsized in the region, costing five lives.

 

Foes in 'Brexit' campaign trade accusations on race

Downed WWII bomber found in Pacific
As World War II raged in 1944, an American bomber took off on a mission with three crew members on board.

Rafael Nadal records landmark win at French Open

Court upholds Julian Assange warrant
A Swedish court on Wednesday upheld the arrest warrant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with a Swedish prosecutor saying there's still probable cause to prosecute him on a rape allegation and that "the risk of him evading justice is still large."

'Tomato crisis' spreads panic in Nigeria

Sports
For Friday, May 27, 2016 (links are updated continually)


The Draymond Green kicking controversy continued through Game 5
You couldn't actually think this was over ... right?

Watch this Miami Hurricanes player take bat-flipping to an epic level
Watch this Miami Hurricanes player take bat-flipping to an epic level

Westbrook, Durant throw shade at Stephen Curry's defensive reputation
How do you really feel?

The Warriors can thank Russell Westbrook for keeping their Finals hopes alive
An epic comeback is still on the table -- theoretically.

Steph Curry to Oracle Arena crowd: 'We're not going home'
And he was right.

 

Did the spelling bee co-champion throw shade at his competitor?
Did the spelling bee co-champion throw shade at his competitor?

Warriors stave off elimination, force Game 6 against Thunder
Warriors stave off elimination, force Game 6 against Thunder

Penguins top Lightning to advance to Stanley Cup Final
Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009

Steph Curry reference, Dez Bryant shout-out highlight dramatic Spelling Bee final
This Spelling Bee attracted everything you could want in a final: Drama, intrigue and A-list sports talent.

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hit streak comes to an end in Red Sox loss
Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hit streak comes to an end in Red Sox loss

Lifestyle
For Friday, May 27, 2016 (links are updated continually)


Spellers from Texas, N.Y. state battle to tie in U.S. Spelling Bee
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Nihar Janga, a fifth-grader from Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, a seventh-grader from Painted Post, New York, were named co-champions of the U.S. Scripps National...

Turning 90, Winnie-the-Pooh meets Britain's queen in new story
LONDON (Reuters) - Winnie-the-Pooh turns 90 this year and the much-loved children's character returns for a new adventure in which he meets someone else celebrating the same significant birthday --...

For world records, Indian man removes teeth and gets over 500 tattoos
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian man obsessed with setting Guinness world records got 366 flags tattooed on his body and had all his teeth removed so he could put nearly 500 drinking straws and more...

Who will pick the carrots if Brexit stops migration?
KELLINGTON, England (Reuters) - As farmer Guy Poskitt looks across a field of pumpkin seedlings, he worries how he will get them planted and picked in future if Britain votes next month to leave the...

Turkish writer quits UNESCO to protest damage to heritage, rights abuse
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's goodwill ambassador to the UN cultural agency UNESCO resigned on Thursday, accusing it of hypocrisy in ignoring the destruction of large parts of a heritage site during...

 

Chaotic urbanization puts cities in harm's way: UN
ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The risk of man-made and natural disasters hitting fast-growing cities is rising, and national governments must do more to help municipal authorities protect...

Tunnel of lights, animal lanterns illuminate Sydney festival
SYDNEY, May 25 (Reuters) - - An arched tunnel made of tens of thousands of LED light globes and animal-shaped lanterns are among creative displays at this year's Vivid Sydney festival, an annual...

Paying the ultimate price on Mount Everest
KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - On his way down from the top of Mount Everest, Indian mountaineer Nava Kumar Phukon saw the woman sway from side to side - a classic sign of severe mountain sickness -...

France helps Syrian archaeologists fill in the cracks
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Young Syrians tasked with restoring their country's world famous archaeological heritage, ravaged by five years of war, are getting a helping hand from French experts.

Word nerds appeal for mercy, breathe deep before U.S. Spelling Bee finals
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Young finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee turned to occasional deep breathing, writing on their hands and appeals for mercy on Thursday as they competed to...


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