139th Year
Wednesday, April 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 Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

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 deliverd to the landfill this morning, according to authorities, who added that they were alerted at 10:33 a.m. ...

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 ...

Nature Scenes: Male Carolina wrens sing beautiful songs very loudly!
Perched on a little knot on an old tree in my yard in July, a Carolina wren repeatedly sang “teakettle, teakettle, teakettle,” which sounded like quick, bell-like music. These wrens typically sing an individual song over and over from five to 250 repetitions, then sing another of the 30 songs in ...

Dogs attack animals at DeLand Middle School FFA compound
A pack of wild dogs, described by witnesses as a golden retriever and at least two Rottweilers, somehow got into an animal pen at DeLand Middle School March 8 and killed a goat and her day-old baby. The dogs also injured a number of other goats — four pregnant ones and two more in another pen, ac ...


House fire in DeLand; possible narcotics explosion in Deltona
UPDATE -- Authorities who responded to a report of a possible explosion, and chemical smell in Deltona were later told by the home's occupants that there was no such incident, according to an incident report from the Volusia County Sheriff''s Office. Fire officials asked the seven occupants of the h ...

Nature Scenes: Little blue herons are all white their first year
The little blue heron is a 24-inch-tall, slender wading bird with a 40-inch wingspan, and weighs only 12 ounces. The perfect blue plumage is anywhere from medium blue to royal blue, depending on the age of the bird. The heron’s chartreuse legs and feet match the waterlilies and grass. His small ye ...

Volusia County teachers take protest to Downtown DeLand corner
A group of Volusia County public-school teachers is planning to take their cause to Downtown DeLand’s most-popular corner for free speech. The teachers invite everyone to join them 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the intersection of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue in the heart of Downtown DeL ...

DeLand police: Suspect escaped custody
The DeLand Police Department is looking for Jaimie Parnell. Authorities said Parnell had been arrested but, on March 6, escaped from DeLand Police Department custody. "At this time, Parnell’s whereabouts are unknown," police said in a message to the news media Saturday morning, March 7. No informa ...

DeLand police arrest man in Friday's TD Bank robbery
Less than 24 hours after a TD Bank on East New York Avenue was robbed, DeLand police tracked down a suspect and got him to confess to the crime, an agency spokesman said. The holdup occurred around 5:30 p.m. March 6, when a man entered the bank at 351 E. New York Ave. and demanded money from a telle ...

US News
For Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Indiana Gov. Pence is first victim
Gov. Mike Pence found himself confronting a new political reality in a country where battles over gay rights now appear to have a clear winner....

Arkansas refuses to sign 'religious freedom' bill until it's changed
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson now has to decide if he wants Mike Pence's headache....

Pence: 'Religious freedom' law not intended to discriminate
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pledges to "fix" Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law to clarify that it does not condone discrimination against gays and lesbians....

Republican 2016 hopefuls back Indiana's 'religious freedom' law

Indiana's religious freedom law: What you need to know


Sen. Robert Menendez to face corruption charges
Federal prosecutors are expected to charge Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday with using his Senate office to push the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts , people briefed on the case say....

Missouri politics roiled by second apparent suicide
A month after Missouri's auditor committed suicide, police say the auditor's spokesman has shot himself in another apparent suicide....

Andrew Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty, dies
Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty, died Tuesday afternoon in his home in Los Angeles, according to a statement from his mother and father....

Family piling into car trunk sparks investigation
A video of a family piling into a car truck has gone viral and sparked an investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families. WFOX reports....

Murderer overpowers guard, drives off in his car
A man recently convicted of murder overpowered an Illinois correctional officer early Wednesday morning, took his keys and uniform, then fled the jail in the officer's vehicle, a local sheriff's office said....

World News
For Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

ISIS' legacy in Tikrit
ISIS is gone but the fear remains....

'Where are our sons?' demand families of soldiers captured by ISIS
It was a desperate and chilling scene in central Baghdad on Saturday, fathers and mothers holding up pictures of their missing sons, demanding answers and searching for their boys....

Volunteer fighters pay heavy price opposing ISIS
CNN's Arwa Damon speaks to the family of a promising student who traded his life at a university for death in battle....

The ISIS terror threat
The aim of the ISIS militant group is to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria....

Police deny claims Germanwings crash caught on video
French magazine and German newspaper say video recovered from phone at wreckage site shows inside of the plane moments before it crashed, killing all 150 people on board....


Germanwings crash witness: I'll never fly again
CNN's Karl Penhaul speaks to an Alpine shepherd who witnessed Germanwings Flight 9525 crash and says he'll never fly again....

Iran nuclear deadline passes
The bad news? The deadline to agree on what will be the parameters for an end-game pact on Iran's nuclear program has come and gone with no deal....

Nigeria's first democratic transition of power
For the first time in Nigeria's history, the opposition has defeated the ruling party in democratic elections....

Super Typhoon barrels toward the Philippines
A massive, menacing storm system dubbed Super Typhoon Maysak churned in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, days away from a possible direct hit on the Philippines....

Yoga icon reacts to sex assault allegations
In a CNN exclusive, Bikram yoga creator Bikram Choudhury reacts for the first time to allegations of rape or sexual assault by six of his former students....

For Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Young sportswriter behind Cam Newton column speaks out
It didn’t take long for the world to discover the identity of the elementary school-aged budding sportswriter behind a column featuring a delightful hot take on Cam Newton that quickly took the Internet by storm.

Ali makes pick for Mayweather-Pacquiao, but he won't be in Vegas
Muhammad Ali picks Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather in Fight of the Century, according to daughter Rasheda in an interview with TMZ.

Canseco's teenage daughter rants on Twitter after reported arrest
Jose Canseco's 18-year-old daughter Josie Canseco reportedly arrested, charged with DUI in Hollywood; police suspect she was driving under influence of drugs.

Marcus Mariota, like Jameis Winston, unlikely to attend NFL Draft, sources say
The NFL may not have two of its top prospects in attendance for the NFL draft this year.  

Report: Jason, Amanda Dufner agree to divorce settlement
The marriage of Jason and Amanda Dufner is over after less than three years.


Exclusive: Kershaw talks overcoming playoff disappointment in '15
Clayton Kershaw talks about his goals, adversity and chemistry in the locker room as the Dodgers get ready for the 2015 season.

Watch Rob Gronkowski spike various objects, including Lionel Richie
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spikes everything from a watermelon to a toaster to Lionel Richie (outrageous!) for charity.

Watch J.J. Watt sing about hot dogs on 'New Girl'
J.J. Watt tries his hand at sitcoms when he appears on Fox's 'New Girl'.

Kid sports reporter destroys Cam Newton, says Panthers need better QB
'There is a spot for him on the team,' the second-grader writes. 'That is at running back.'

Tributes paid to California college soccer player killed on freeway
Tributes have been paid to a Calfornian college soccer player who was killed running across a Los Angeles freeway. 

For Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Gaza man feels duped after selling Banksy mural for $175
GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian man was lamenting his misfortune on Wednesday after selling his bombed-out doorway to a local artist without realizing that the image painted on it was by Banksy and...

How humble first jobs motivated these inspirational speakers
It's a simple question that is not always easy to answer. That's why there are professional speakers who fill stadiums - and get paid tens of thousands of dollars - to light a fire in you.

Indian firms mock gender diversity as boardroom deadline passes: analysts
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Corporate India has made a mockery of an order to appoint women directors by recruiting wives, daughters and even stepmothers, analysts said on Wednesday as...

The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa, dies at age 117: media
TOKYO (Reuters) - Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman recognized as the world's oldest person who credited her longevity to "eating delicious things" and getting plenty of rest, died at the age of 117 on...

Clean-up crew on hand to spruce up Japan's 'lonely death' apartments
TOKYO (Reuters) - In March, the body of an elderly man was found on the floor of his apartment in downtown Tokyo. He had been dead for a month.


Macau drafts new building safety rules after casino-linked accidents
MACAU (Reuters) - Macau is drafting new construction safety rules, officials said, after several workers died this month at casino sites amid a building boom in the world's largest gambling hub.

Designers elevate Chinese culture at Beijing Fashion Week
BEIJING (Reuters) - China Fashion Week wrapped up seven days of catwalk shows on Tuesday, showcasing an array of cool and colorful as well as slightly odd creations by designers seeking to make a...

Turkish exhibit shows World War One propaganda was part of the everyday
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Beer mugs and embroidered handkerchiefs are among the everyday items repurposed for World War One propaganda and now on display in Istanbul, showing how the conflict 100 years...

South African organization wins top children's book prize
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A South African organization promoting reading among children and young people has won the world's biggest prize for children's literature, the jury for the Astrid Lindgren...

If you're going to San Francisco, Zillow CEO has some tips
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For Zillow Group Inc CEO Spencer Rascoff, San Francisco used to be home. These days, he frequents the city by the bay as a business traveler from the Seattle headquarters of...

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