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Sunday, February 1, 2015
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  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 Sunday, February 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Nature Scenes: Golden eagle has a golden nape and crown
The robust, majestic golden eagle is 26-40 inches long, has a 6-foot to 7-foot-8-inch wingspan, and weighs 10 to 14 pounds. The females are larger than the males. This large, dark-chocolate-brown-plumed raptor has a golden nape and crown. The alert eyes are yellow like amber. The wings are broad and ...

One shot at DeLand convenience store
One person was shot this morning, Jan. 20, at the Rightway Food store, 430 E. New York Ave. in DeLand, according to Lt. Bruce Morehouse of the DeLand Police Department. The victim’s condition is currently unknown, he said Just after 11 a.m., the gas station was roped off with police tape, and the ...

Fire levels decorative foliage/moss plant in DeLeon Springs
Fire ravaged through a local decorative foliage and moss plant in DeLeon Springs in an early morning blaze on Jan. 16. Authorities were called to Quality Growers Floral Company, inc., 5220 State Road 11, at 3:45 a.m., to find the business fully-involved in flames, according to Division Chief Paul E ...

DeLand Housing Authority to open waiting list for Section 8 vouchers
For the first time since 2008, the DeLand Housing Authority will open its waiting list for their Housing Choice Voucher program (also known as Section 8), according to Shilretha Dixon, community resource coordinator, for the City of DeLand. “The list was moving slow because of the unavailability o ...

School board to announce Volusia County’s ‘Teacher of the Year” for 2016
Volusia County’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2016 will be announced Friday, Jan. 23. The top teacher will be chosen from a list of 70 teachers who were nominated by other teachers to represent their schools, according to Nancy Wait, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Schools. Wait said the list ha ...


New, returning County Council members sworn in for Volusia County
Three Volusia County Council members reaffirmed their oaths of office, and one new member climbed aboard the dais Thursday, Jan. 8, to begin the first County Council meeting of 2015. Returning to their posts for four more years were at-large representative Joyce Cusack, Pat Patterson, who oversees D ...

Autorities rule Daytona woman’s death was suicide by drowning
The Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of a Daytona Beach woman whose body was found in a submerged car in the St. Johns River was suicide by drowning, a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The body of Kathy Marie Hilbert, 57, was found midday Jan. 7 in her ...

Police: Body found in submerged vehicle near Blue Spring State Park
A submerged vehicle with the body of an adult female inside was found in the St. Johns River near Blue Spring State Park on Jan. 7, according to Andrew Gant, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The victim has been identified as Kathy Hilbert, 57, of Daytona Beach, according to Gan ...

Nature Scenes: Birds migrate for several reasons
The migration of birds is an instinctive phenomenon that is difficult for humans to understand! Nearly every North American bird flies south in the autumn and back in the spring. A few travel only 50 miles -- for instance, from a mountaintop to a lower terrain in the area -- while many species trave ...

Five same-sex couples wed at Volusia County Courthouse before 10 a.m. today in DeLand
UPDATE 4:22 p.m.: A total of 21 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples by the Volusia County clerk's office, between both their DeLand and Daytona annex locations, according to Diane Matousek, County clerk of circuit court, who added that seven same-sex couples had ceremonies perform ...

US News
For Sunday, February 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Jury selection in Boston bombing trial
With the experienced eye of a trained observer and an avid trial-watcher's curious mind, reporter Ann O'Neill is "The 13th Juror" for CNN's audience....

Boston Marathon Terror Attack Fast Facts
Here is a look at the Boston Marathon terror attack. On April 15, 2013, double bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured at least 264....

Question looms: What did Tsarnaev's wife know?
After the Boston Marathon bombings, she slipped from public view, disappearing with her small child into the suburban Rhode Island home of her parents....

Photos: The arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Evidence photos from Boston bombings


Hagel: Gitmo transfers caused some White House friction
White House officials pressured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to increase the pace of detainee transfers from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, the outgoing secretary acknowledged to CNN's Barbara Starr in an interview Friday....

1 killed, 2 hurt on Scorsese set
A structure on the Taiwan set of an upcoming Martin Scorsese movie collapsed this week, killing a studio construction worker and injuring two more, Taipei police said....

Texas declares Chris Kyle Day in honor of sniper
Texas is setting aside a day to honor Chris Kyle, the U.S. Navy SEAL marksman depicted in the film, "American Sniper."...

Adventurer climbs icy Niagara Falls
Most visitors to Niagara Falls consider it a place for romance. Ice climber Will Gadd thinks of the famous falls as a spot for adventure....

Civil War ship being pulled from river
The deepening of the shipping channel in Savannah, Georgia, won't be dredging up just mud and sand....

World News
For Sunday, February 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded
A newly distributed ISIS release appears to show the decapitated body of captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto....

Why ISIS wants Kirkuk
CNN's Fred Pleitgen outlines the strategic importance of Kirkuk, Iraq in the fight against ISIS....

Photos: The ISIS terror threat
ISIS militants have been advancing in Iraq and Syria as they seek to create an Islamic caliphate in the region....

ISIS: Constant airstrikes drove us out of Kobani
Two purported ISIS fighters interviewed for a news agency working in ISIS-held territory have given the same reason for the militants' retreat from the Syrian city of Kobani: the constant pummeling by coalition airstrikes....

Once detained reporter now tourism poster child
Jim Wyss is not exactly a poster child of Venezuela's openness to foreigners -- but for while, he was one....


Arrests in Mexico hospital blast that killed 3
A maternity hospital south of Mexico City is on the verge of collapsing after a natural gas delivery truck hit a building and exploded, emergency officials say....

Photos: Explosion aftermath
A natural gas explosion rocked a maternity hospital on the outskirts of Mexico City on Thursday, January 29....

Kim Jong Un ramping up nukes?
CNN's Brian Todd investigates reports that North Korea is restarting its nuclear bomb program and Kim Jong Un is potentially visiting Russia....

ISIS acting 'suspiciously'?
Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss speaks to CNN Today about recent developments in the hostage negotiations with ISIS and why they aren't providing proof of life....

Cuba to build first new Catholic church since revolution
A neglected, weed-strewn field in a small Cuban town where there are more horses than cars seems an unlikely setting for a major shift in government policy....

For Sunday, February 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Most dangerous team you're not aware of: Northern Iowa Panthers
After No. 18 Northern Iowa ended 12th-ranked Wichita State's 30-game winning streak against Missouri Valley opponents with a resounding 70-54 victory on Saturday, perhaps it's time to learn a little bit more about this team that'll be making plenty of noise come March.

From booing Love to oohing Wigs, Wolves fans get A+ show
It started with an expectedly vitriolic reception for Kevin Love and ended with LeBron James taking over the game. But in between, Minnesota Timberwolves fans got a chance to see Andrew Wiggins put on a 'popcorn' performance.

Tom Brady Sr. worries about son's future: 'There are no sacred cows in the NFL'
Tom Brady might not be concerned about his future, but the man closest to him is.

Harrell, No. 10 Louisville earn signature ACC win vs. No. 13 UNC
Louisville certainly has nothing to prove when it comes to its stature as a basketball program on the national stage, but it has no standing on Tobacco Road.

Deflategate: Damon, Affleck defend Patriots on Kimmel: 'I am the locker-room guy'
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Krasinski, Chris Evans, Steven Tyler and Bill Simmons, among others, came together on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Thursday to take the fall for the entire DeflateGate ordeal, insisting their beloved New England Patriots quarterback had nothing to do with the under-inflated footballs.


5 burning questions to be answered in Super Bowl XLIX
Nearly every player, coach and executive was featured. Nearly every facet of the game was analyzed and every ancillary angle covered. That doesn't mean all the questions were answered, however. Aside from the outcome, here are five more burning questions awaiting response.

'Key & Peele' strike again as Sherman & Lynch, as Marshawn finally opens up
'Key & Peele' have struck again, and thank goodness they won't get fined.

Francesco Molinari makes it rain beer with ace on Phoenix Open 16th
Francesco Molinari makes it rain beer with ace on Phoenix Open 16th hole.

Magical night: NASCAR Hall always offers one of year's best
FOXSports.com columnist Tom Jensen offers the opinion that the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony is the best night NASCAR has to offer away from the track each and every year. And this year did not disappoint.

Woods' former coach Haney: No quick fix for Tiger's chip yips
Count golf instructor Hank Haney among the legions who think Tiger Woods is suffering from the chip yips, and he says there's no quick fix.

For Sunday, February 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

International campaigners urge UK to allow 'three-parent' IVF babies
LONDON, (Reuters) - Campaigners urged British lawmakers on Sunday to seize a chance to become the first in the world to allow three-way fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on...

Gas-filled balloon completes record-breaking Pacific flight
(Reuters) - A gas-filled balloon co-piloted by an American and a Russian touched down safely in the waters off Mexico on Saturday, completing a week-long trans-Pacific flight that unofficially broke...

Thousands of stateless in Dominican Republic risk deportation: rights group
BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of Dominican-born people of Haitian descent are stateless and at risk of being deported if they fail to meet a Sunday deadline to register for...

Chile's Bachelet takes on conservatives with plan to ease abortion ban
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, unveiled plans on Saturday to ease a complete ban on abortions in the socially conservative South American country.

Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged: TRFN
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Kate Bornstein, the American author and pioneer gender activist, this is a pivotal time in history for transgender people as the rigid concept of two sexes...


Gas-filled balloon completes record-breaking Pacific flight
(Reuters) - A gas-filled balloon co-piloted by an American and a Russian touched down safely in the waters off Mexico on Saturday, completing a week-long trans-Pacific flight that unofficially broke...

Ode to the range: Cowboys take to prose to celebrate U.S. West
ELKO, Nev. (Reuters) - When long-time bronc rider Paul Zarzyski needed to rest his aching bones after an adrenaline-charged stint on torquing horseflesh, he often turned to the last thing most people...

Britain marks 50 years since wartime leader Churchill's funeral
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain marked 50 years on Friday since the state funeral of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with the boat which carried his coffin under the dipping dockside cranes in...

Balloonists surpass a record for time aloft in transpacific journey
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A pair of balloonists trying to fly to North America from Japan passed a major milestone on Friday that could soon be declared a world record for the length of time...

Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Kate Bornstein, the American author and pioneer gender activist, this is a pivotal time in history for transgender people as the rigid concept of two sexes...

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