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Wednesday, August 5, 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 Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (links are updated continually)

$100,000 worth of stolen property recovered in recent string of DeLand thefts, police say
DeLand police officers say they have caught the man they say is responsible for a string of thefts going back to January. On July 30, they arrested James Weaver, 50, of DeLand, on charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft. Weaver is accused of stealing household appliances, pat ...

Raccoon 101
The rascally raccoon is a rather handsome mammal easily recognized by the black mask across its dark eyes and a long, bushy ringed tail that is about 1 foot long and has five to eight rings around it. Male raccoons are a little larger than females. The animal’s length can be from 16 to 30 inches, ...

FDOT: Stretch of New York Avenue in Downtown DeLand to be closed this weekend
A portion of New York Avenue in Downtown DeLand will be closed this weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. Both the eastbound and westbound lanes will be closed, FDOT officials stated. The westbound lane will be closed between North Amelia and North Clara avenues, wi ...

Sheriff's Office announces four-digit non-emergency number
In Volusia County, public-safety services are now just four digits away for non-emergencies, officials announced Aug. 3. Callers can now dial #8276 to get in contact with the dispatch for all local police, fire, and emergency medical services in the event of non-emergencies, according to Gary Davids ...

DeLand water main struck, vehicle occupants blame each other, police say
Police were unable to determine which of two individuals crashed a car into a DeLand water main early Aug. 1, sending water cascading into a parking lot, and causing $5,000 in damages, according to the DeLand Police Department. The vehicle, a 1996 4-door Honda Accord, was traveling south on North Wo ...


Backyard-chicken-raising classes offered in Deltona
For those of us who have always wished we lived on a farm, the chance has come to raise farm animals, in particular, chickens, in our own backyards. A free program at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., will teach you how to raise chickens in your own bac ...

Deltona pedestrian hit by truck, dies
A 60-year-old Deltona man died after being struck by a truck when crossing a street, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Robert Boles was crossing Lake Helen-Osteen Road around 9:30 p.m. July 30, according to Sheriff’s Office officials. A truck with two passengers was traveling sou ...

Sheriff's Office: Car thief, female passenger dead in DeLand crash; suspect and victim identified
UPDATE 07/31/15: The man who stole a car from the DeBary Car Wash on July 30 and eventually crashed in DeLand has been identified by the DeLand Police Department. DeLand resident Charles T. Boyd, 44, was the driver who died in the crash, according to officials. His passenger, DeLand resident Lucy A ...

DeLand man, 74, accused of battering his 100-year-old mother, Sheriff’s Office says
A 74-year-old DeLand man is in jail after the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said he hit his 100-year-old mother in the head with a broom on Tuesday night. According to the Sheriff’s Office report, sometime on Tuesday night, Ellen Corning walked into her son David Corning’s room in their shar ...

West Nile Virus confirmed in Volusia County resident, officials say
A human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed for a Volusia County resident, according to local Health Department officials. The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County on Wednesday issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory warning residents of the heightened concern. “It was a gentl ...

US News
For Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (links are updated continually)

USS John Warner joins fleet

U.S. Navy's submarine fleet
The Navy has 12 Virginia-class subs in service. Click through the gallery to learn more about the Navy's submarine fleet....

First squadron of F-35s cleared for combat
After nearly 15 years of development and a half-dozen years of testing, the first squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters is officially operational....

'If my home goes, it's not end of the world'

Anti-gay attacker meets match with ex-West Pointers
New York police are searching for a man who randomly attacked the first male same-sex couple to be married at the United States Military Academy at West Point, authorities said Tuesday....


Man pleads guilty in blast outside NAACP office
A Colorado man has pleaded guilty in a January explosion outside of an NAACP chapter in Colorado Springs....

Milwaukee archdiocese settles abuse claims for $21M
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has agreed to pay $21 million to hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by priests, the church announced Tuesday....

A special delivery at World Trade Center
When Brian McGraw responded to a call of a woman possibly going into labor at the World Trade Center train concourse in Manhattan, two fellow New York Port Authority police officers with him immediately turned to the former EMT....

2 killed, dozens hospitalized in circus tent collapse
The circus had just entered its second act when the downpour started. The performers stopped their show and gave an ominous command -- "Run!"...

ADHD kids handcuffed
A Kentucky sheriff's deputy now faces a federal lawsuit for handcuffing elementary school children who were acting out as a result of their disabilities, the American Civil Liberties Union said....

World News
For Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Locust swarms plague southern Russia
Millions of locusts have descended on farmlands in southern Russia, devouring entire fields of crops and causing officials to declare a state of emergency in the region....

Worst infestation in 30 years
Russian officials say the current locust plague is the most massive they've seen in more than 30 years. It's taking a major toll on the country's agricultural south. CNN's Matthew Chance reports....

Insect swarms, birds seen on weather radar
A locust swarm was recently detected on the Doppler radar in Texas. CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray explains what else the radar can detect....

Picasso worth $27 million seized by customs officials

Report slams killings by police in Rio de Janeiro


Super Typhoon Soudelor is strongest storm of the year
Super Typhoon Soudelor is taking aim at Taiwan and China, threatening damaging winds, destructive storm surge and flooding rains....

'Don't call me Toby:' The story of the slave who fought back

Five U.S.-trained Syrian rebels captured
The U.S. now believes five of the 60 Syrian rebels it trained and equipped have been captured by al Nusra in recent days and one rebel was killed, according to a senior defense official....

Swiss seize 8 suitcases of ivory bound for China
Swiss customs officials have seized around 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of elephant ivory destined for China in a random check on three Chinese passengers at Zurich Airport....

MH370: Searches for debris on Reunion Island and beyond
The shoreline of Reunion Island in the western Indian Ocean is being scoured for more debris that could be linked to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370....

For Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Rice speaks, wants back in NFL ... but will he get a chance?
After sitting out all of last season and now free to sign with any team in the NFL, former Ravens running back Ray Rice said in a televised interview Tuesday that he considers himself a rehabilitated man and that he hopes to resume his career, while acknowledging that is no small task.

GM Baalke: 49ers would like to keep Aldon Smith beyond year
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke says the 49ers have had preliminary discussions with linebacker Aldon Smith and his agent to let them know the team would like to keep him beyond this season.

Tiger talks about end of the road -- for this season and beyond
Tiger Woods took a pass on playing in this week's Barracuda Championship, an opposite-field event in Reno, Nev., meaning his season could end next week at the PGA Championship.

Cruz homers in 5th straight game, Mariners beat Rockies 10-4
Nelson Cruz homered for the fifth consecutive game, and the Seattle Mariners spoiled Jon Gray's major-league debut with a 10-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

JABO Podcast: Can Mets & Blue Jays make it to October?
In episode 29, we discuss trade deadline surprises and disappointments, including the dealings of the Mets and Blue Jays and how both have become the teams to watch down the stretch. We also acknowledge Mike Hessman's great achievement in the minor leagues.


Jessica Eye set to meet Julianna Pena at UFC 192
Top women's bantamweights Jessica Eye and Julianna Pena at set to meet at UFC 192 in Houston Oct. 3. 

A week after surgery, Auburn OL coach refuses to miss practice
A week removed from surgery, Auburn coach refuses to miss practice

Klatt on Harbaugh: 'He's going to get Michigan right back to that elite level'
Joel Klatt looks ahead to Michigan's season-opener against Utah. Plus, hear his thoughts on new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Inspired by Will Ferrell, summer-league player mans all nine positions in same game
With a playoff berth already locked up in the Coastal Plain League, the Gastonia Grizzlies decided to have some fun and put one of their players to the test.

Jose Aldo on McGregor: 'My ribs are great ... I will beat him'
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo says he's healed up and back in training, waiting for the fight with Conor McGregor to be made.

For Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Consumers choose marketplace over retail websites: survey
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Digital shoppers are increasingly starting their product searches on retail marketplace platforms, which allow third-party merchants to sell goods, before looking on an individual...

Photos of Mormon Church founder's 'seer stone' seen for first time
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The Mormon Church released photographs on Tuesday of a so-called "seer stone" that members believe was used by the Utah-based faith's founder, Joseph Smith, to write the...

U.S. restaurants betting on 'Breakfastarians' for growth
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Call it the rise of the "Breakfastarians" - the dining tribe that craves breakfast food morning, noon and night.

Bobbi Kristina Brown buried alongside mom, Whitney Houston
WESTFIELD, N.J. (Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown was buried alongside her mother, Whitney Houston, on Monday, bringing to a close the brief and tragic life of the only child of the singing...

Bobbi Kristina Brown buried alongside mom, Whitney Houston
WESTFIELD, N.J. (Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown was buried alongside her mother, Whitney Houston, on Monday, bringing to a close the brief and tragic life of the only child of the singing legend.


Americans' taste for cold brew transforms summertime coffee market
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For U.S. coffee shops, business usually cools down as the weather heats up.

Madagascar mess-ups keep tourist 'paradise' marooned
ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Perched on the muddy bank of a river meandering through rolling green hills, the Lemurs' Park near Madagascar's capital is rated one of the city's top attractions, but you...

BMW CEO hints there is space for more electric models
VIENNA (Reuters) - The chief executive of BMW hinted in a German paper that there was potential for another of its "i" electric car models.

London borough seeks crackdown on noisy supercars
LONDON(Reuters) - On one of London's most exclusive streets, the drivers of some expensive cars are getting ready to leave their parking spots.

Chimps in New York animal rights lawsuit to be retired from lab
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The chimpanzees at the center of a New York State Supreme Court case over the legal rights of animals will no longer be used for research, officials at the State University of...

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