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Saturday, April 18, 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 Saturday, April 18, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Contract negotiations break down between teachers and School Board once again
Continuing their stalemate, the Volusia Teachers Organization and the Volusia County School Board failed to come to a contract agreement April 16. “We’re about $800,000 apart,” said Andrew Spar, president of the VTO, which represents instructional staff in Volusia County. “We are very disapp ...

DeLeon Springs art festival a hit
Art Among the Trees had a successful third incarnation April 11, bringing members of the DeLeon Springs community together through art and music. The event, put on by the DeLeon Springs Community Association, was attended by approximately 2,000 people who enjoyed an afternoon of fine arts and crafts ...

Passenger pigeon has been extinct for 101 years
The passenger pigeon has been extinct since 1914 when the last one died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Since literally billions used to live mainly in the eastern half of North America, it really seemed unlikely that they could vanish forever, as these were probably the most numerous birds on the planet! Th ...

Orange City man charged after crated dog abandoned in woods
When a Port Orange couple in late March found a crated dog that had been dumped in a remote wooded area of Orange City, they called police, triggering a two-week investigation that resulted in the arrest of an Orange City man on animal-cruelty charges Nineteen-year-old Travis Nin was booked into th ...

DeBary man arrested for threatening ex-wife, firing shot into home, authorities said


Vietnam War peace activist to speak at Stetson Monday
Kathy Bracewell, a peace activist currently living in Port Orange, was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the Vietnam War, and took part in the anti-war effort while her brother fought in Vietnam. Bracewell is coming to DeLand to speak about her experiences Monday, April 6, duri ...

Man found dead at Volusia County landfill died of blunt force trauma, authorities said
The man found dead at a Volusia County landfill Wednesday morning died of blunt force trauma, according to officials as the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The man, identified as Ronald Lantery of Key West, was uncovered at the Tomoka Farms Road Landfill in a load of trash, according to authoritie ...

Police: Body found at Volusia County landfill
A man's body was unearthed at the Tomoka Farms Road Landfill in east Volusia County, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The body was uncovered in a load of trash, which was delivered to the landfill Wednesday morning, according to authorities, who added that they were alerted at 10:3 ...

Police: Tot found unresponsive in Pierson pool dies
A 2-year-old boy died March 28, three days after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool on West Washington Avenue in Pierson, authorities said. The toddler died at Florida Hospital South in Orlando, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gary Davidson. Sebastian Jones had been pulled from the water ...

Police: 2-year-old boy found unresponsive in pool in Pierson
A two-year-old boy was found unresponsive in a swimming pool in Pierson on Wednesday evening, according to authorities at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The child was found at the bottom of a swimming pool by his grandfather at a residence on West Washington Avenue just before 7:40 p.m., a ...

US News
For Saturday, April 18, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Jury weighs fate of accused killer of Etan Patz
When Etan Patz went missing in New York City at age 6, hardly anyone in America could help but see his face at their breakfast table....

Missing Children Fast Facts
Here is some background information about missing children in the United States. There are several different types of missing children: runaways, family abductions, lost or "thrown away" and non-family abductions. Recent advances in technology, communications through public alerts and greater cooperation from law enforcement have helped solve many cases quickly....

Atomic blast guinea pig on ocean floor
A former U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that survived a Japanese torpedo strike and was a massive guinea pig for two atomic bomb blasts looks remarkably intact at the bottom of the Pacific, according to federal researchers who surveyed the wreck last month with an underwater drone....

Cop, case worker help homeless man find $
No identification, no social security card and only a box to live in. John Helinski was homeless and nameless for three years. Then, with some help, he found his old bank account....

Ferguson protesters were deemed 'enemy forces'
As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN....


U.S. Coast Guard touts record-setting drug busts
The offloading of tons of cocaine was used as a backdrop to announce record-setting drug busts in the eastern Pacific Ocean....

Cops: Parent choked teacher in class
Police say a parent walked into a middle school and choked a teacher until she was unconscious. CNN affiliate WCBS reports....

Prosecutors: New York cardiologist targeted doctor
A suburban New York cardiologist has been charged in connection with a failed scheme to have another physician hurt or killed, according to prosecutors....

Samaritan pulls man from truck hanging over cliff
With a truck dangling over the edge of an Idaho canyon, Jason Warnock sprang into action this week, climbing up a cliff face to pull the driver out....

Lady Antebellum tour bus catches fire
Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott's tour bus caught fire on a Texas freeway Thursday morning, but everyone on board was safely evacuated....

World News
For Saturday, April 18, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Shops set ablaze, looted in South Africa
South African police fired rubber bullets Friday to disperse crowds setting immigrant businesses ablaze as attacks against foreigners spread to Johannesburg....

Thousands flee after South Africa mobs attack immigrants
More than 2,000 people fled to South African police stations Thursday after mobs with machetes attacked immigrants in Durban, leaving at least five people dead, an aid group said....

Writer: Violence the 'unofficial language' in South Africa
Eusebius McKaiser, a South African writer and radio talk show host, speaks with Fred Pleitgen about the flaring xenophobic violence in his country....

Hussein deputy al-Douri killed, Iraqi state TV reports
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top adviser to Saddam Hussein and the highest-ranking member of the Iraqi leader's regime to evade capture, has been killed in an Iraqi security operation, Iraqi state-run television reported Friday....

After hours at sea, chaos and desperation at Yemeni city
We were six nautical miles out from Yemen, but even from out here we could hear the Saudi airstrikes, make out their lights as they fell through the sky....


Syria death toll doubles
Would more people care about a perpetual massacre in someone else's country, if the death toll just about doubled in a year's time? Take Syria....

U.S.: Fall of Ramadi wouldn't doom campaign to push out ISIS
With the Iraqi city of Ramadi under relentless assault from ISIS, the top U.S. military official said the fall of the city would not mark a turning point in the ongoing military campaign against the terror group....

Video of woman standing up to anti-Muslim bully goes viral
An Australian woman is being praised for defending a Muslim couple who were being verbally harassed. CNN's Rosemary Church reports....

Australian model killed fighting for ISIS
A former model and DJ from Melbourne, described by his former agency as having a promising future, is the latest Australian believed to have been killed fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria....

Ukrainian Holocaust survivors forced to flee again
One war was enough for Gregory Margolin....

For Saturday, April 18, 2015 (links are updated continually)

UFC fighters get into graphic Twitter fight
Lisa Ellis, Angela Magana, and Rowdy Bec Rawlings are known for being intense. But man, this Twitter argument escalated pretty quickly.

Kobe Bryant, out since January, finished third on Lakers in shots attempted
Kobe Bryant played in just 35 games this season but still managed to finish third on the Los Angeles Lakers in shots attempted.

Sheriff: 'Sociopathic' Hernandez told jail guards jury got it wrong
Aaron Hernandez is maintaining his innocence after the guilty verdict.

Nick Swisher joins Jason Kipnis in talk-show parody sequel
Indians release Episode 2 of the 'Jerry Kipnis Show'.

Cuban: Harden is MVP because Rockets are 'not a very good team'
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is the latest person to express their opinion on the ongoing debate regarding who should win the hotly-contested NBA MVP race.


Jim Harbaugh shows up at Michigan Ultimate Frisbee practice
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been all over campus since taking over the reins of his alma mater's football program. Last night, he made an appearance at a practice session for the university'€™s Ultimate Frisbee team.

NBA playoffs bandwagon flow chart; Yankees learn Yogi-isms
Who to root for in NBA postseason; Yankees get a history lesson; more.

Mississippi State, Adidas apologize for baseball team's vulgar jerseys
Mississippi State's athletic director and Adidas have apologized for an obscene phrase on one of the baseball team's practice jerseys.

Woman sprayed with champagne doesn't think F1 star was being sexist
The woman whom Lewis Hamilton sprayed in the face with champagne during his victory celebration Sunday at the Chinese Grand Prix, creating quite a  controversy, is speaking out in support of the Formula 1 champion.

Kentucky QB sucker-punched by EKU player after bar fight
Drew Barker and Patrick Graffree used to be teammates, but it's unlikely they'll be getting together to relive those days anytime soon. 

For Saturday, April 18, 2015 (links are updated continually)

My, my! Many Britons ignorant about Battle of Waterloo
LONDON (Reuters) - As Britain prepares to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a survey shows that many Britons know little about the fight and associate the name with an ABBA...

Paris commemorates Edith Piaf's centenary with exhibition
PARIS (Reuters) - An exhibition dedicated to French singer Edith Piaf, whose ballads of love and sorrow made her an international star, has opened in Paris to mark 100 years since her birth.

Denver teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online
DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said on Friday the assignment had...

Youth e-cigarette data prompts new calls to speed regulation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Public health advocates are stepping up pressure on the U.S. government to quickly regulate and restrict access to e-cigarettes after new data showed use of the products...

Scientists create self-powering camera
New York, NEW YORK - Scientists at Columbia University in New York have successfully built a camera that is capable of producing images using power harvested from the surrounding incident...


'The Wannabe' searches for identity in mobster world
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the waning days of the New York Mafia in the 1990s, a young man ill-suited for a life of crime decides he wants to be a gangster, a real-life quest that inspired the film "The...

Few gains in LGBT roles in Hollywood films: report
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More Hollywood movies in 2014 featured one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters than in the previous year, but those roles were mostly minor...

Amazonian tribe study shows how human bodily bacteria is changing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Everyone's body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and...

U.S. must return rare double eagle gold coins to family
(Reuters) - The U.S. government must return 10 exceptionally rare gold coins worth millions of dollars each to a Pennsylvania family from which the purloined coins were seized a decade ago, a federal...

Oklahoma City bombing's 'miracle babies' ready to move on
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Joseph Webb retains a long, thin scar on his face. PJ Allen remembers nothing of the fateful Oklahoma City day but still has breathing problems after the bombing 20 years...

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