138th Year
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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 Thursday, July 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)


Sid Vihlen to fill empty seat on DeBary City Council
DeBary City Council members struggled to choose a replacement member for a City Council vacancy, finally deciding on a 3-1 vote July 16 to appoint Sid Vihlen. The motion by Council Member Dan Hunt was carried by Council Member Lita Handy-Peters and Mayor Chris Carson, with Council Member Rick Dwyer ...

Enterprise changes location for Thursday's candidate forum
Enterprise's first-ever candidate forum, sponsored by the Enterprise Preservation Society, has been moved to a new location: All Saints Episcopal Church at 155 Clark Street in Enterprise 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24. "All candidates running for office" for Volusia County Council District 5 in Sout ...

Deltona will help Latino event — Spirited debate over waiving festival fees
An infusion of tax dollars ensures a long-running event honoring Hispanic culture will go forward in Deltona, but the decision to support the Latin Arts and Music Festival followed a spirited debate over helping one group while denying another. "For 19 years, this huge festival has been in place in ...

Nature Scenes: Llamas are sure-footed pack animals who are of great use to South American Indians
Llamas are interesting animals that are members of the camel family, yet never are found in the wild. Most herds of llamas are maintained by the Indians of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina to transport goods on the Andean plateaus and mountains. Long ago, the Inca civilization bred guanac ...

West Volusia Calendar of Events: July 19-26, 2014
Saturday, July 19 Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. west of the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, three-fourths of a mile west of U.S. Highway 17, on State Road 40, Barberville. Call 386-469-9409. Farmers Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 Nort ...

 

Do you know this man? Sheriff's Office seeks help in skimming case
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office wants help identifying a man who may have skimmed a DeBary woman's bank card and used its number to make purchases, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson said. The 51-year-old DeBary woman reported that someone was using her bank-card number, even though she st ...

Florida judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban
.Mirroring court rulings in other states, a Monroe County judge on Thursday struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the voter-approved prohibition violates due process and U.S. constitutional protections against discrimination. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately noti ...

No Martin resignation in DeLand; no special election planned
UPDATE, JULY 16: DeLand City Commissioner Phil Martin did not turn in his official resignation July 16, City Clerk Julie Hennessy confirmed this morning. There will be no election to replace him, and instead a new commissioner will be appointed to his seat if and when he resigns. City Manager Michae ...

Seville man dies beneath riding mower
A 68-year-old Seville man, Michael Giles, died beneath a riding lawn mower that apparently fell on him as he tried to secure it, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the intersection of Brownlee and Raulerson roads, the FHP reported. A passerby fou ...

Nature Scenes: Green heron is a ‘tool-using species’
A juvenile green heron silently walked on the ground a few yards from alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm during my recent visit there. This lone bird didn’t have any green feathers yet and looked about 8 inches tall. His plumage was brown, with streaks and spots. None of his relatives ...

US News
For Thursday, July 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)


Look at me! 18 selfies of the week
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What a shot! 31 sports photos
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The week in 32 photos
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13,000-year-old teen was American
A teenage girl may have gotten lost in a cave looking for water, nearly 13,000 years ago. Naia, as she's known today, likely fell to her death in a deep, dark pit....

Want the moon? Apollo auction open
If you have some disposable income and want to own a piece of aviation or space-exploration history, now's your chance....

 

Will Elon Musk fund Tesla museum?
Inventor Nikola Tesla may have died alone and broke, but he has powerful friends who want to preserve his legacy....

Can Kerry end Gaza bloodshed?
Aaron Miller says Kerry needs the cooperation of Hamas, Israel, Egypt and others if he is to succeed in his peacemaking efforts...

Until drug war ends, expect refugees
Jeronimo Saldana and Malik Burnett say Gov. Perry's plan to send National Guard to the border won't solve the escalating immigration problem. At its core is the longstanding drug war the U.S. in Central and South America....

GOP's slam of Obama over MH17
LZ Granderson says Ronald Reagan went horseback riding and took a vacation after the Korean Air Crash of 1983. So why does the GOP keep airbrushing history to bash Obama?...

The argument for eating dog
The idea is difficult to stomach, but John Sutter writes that eating dog is morally equivalent to eating pig, another intelligent animal. If Americans oppose it, they should question their own eating habits as well....

World News
For Thursday, July 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)


Look at me! 18 selfies of the week
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What a shot! 31 sports photos
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Inside rebel tunnels in Homs
A network of tunnels and sophisticated bomb making factories found in Homs. Fred Pleitgen reports....

Voices from Ukraine
As militant forces take over government buildings in eastern Ukraine, Pro-Russian and Pro-Ukrainian protesters are on conflicting sides....

Water dries up ahead of World Cup
Could drought bring water and power rationing during Brazil World Cup? Shasta Darlington reports....

 

Who's your hero? Nominate them
They're your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues, your parents....

Soccer fans as an army for good
More than any single soccer player, the fans have taken center stage during the World Cup....

Taking autistic kids to ball game
For many families, a night at the ballpark is a treat. But it can be a nightmare for those with autistic children....

A bodybuilder with a big heart
Ned Norton was working as a fitness trainer for Olympic athletes and bodybuilders when a young man with a spinal cord injury asked him for help....

Helping grieving kids heal
At just 7 years old, Kyron Chase is facing the unimaginable: His father was murdered....

Sports
For Thursday, July 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)


Audubon Society, Vikings at odds over new stadium's windows
According to a conservation and education society, the Vikings' new stadium's glass structure presents a "death trap" for birds.

Love hurts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives dating advice on Twitter
If you're a NASCAR fan and you need dating advice, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is here to help.

LeBron's friends talk homecoming, legacy and being left in the dark
Longtime friends of LeBron James share insight on the four-time NBA MVP's decision to return home, his legacy and future.

Awkward: Ronaldo visits Japanese TV show, hilarity ensues
Awkward: Ronaldo visits Japanese TV show, hilarity ensues

Vitor Belfort licensed in Nevada, will meet Chris Weidman in December
UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort was unanimously cleared to fight in Nevada on Wednesday and will challenge champion Chris Weidman on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

 

Winslow rattles Florida A&M in hopes of building bright future for athletics
Kellen Winslow accepted the position of Athletic Director at Florida A&M knowing there was work to be done ... a lot of it. The Pro Football Hall of Famer has hit Tallahassee the way he played ... with force and purpose.

DW on dirt: Remembering Waltrip's wild ride with Tony Stewart
NASCAR on FOX's Darrell Waltrip is a living legend who's seen it all. But in 2012, DW got in the passenger seat of Tony Stewart's Modified dirt late model at Eldora Speedway for the ride of his life.

RichRod: Oregon switches out athletic facilities 'like porta-potties'
Through his epic YouTube recruiting videos, we've gotten to know Rich Rodriguez as someone willing to use a colorful approach to make a point. The Arizona coach lived up to this rep at Pac-12 Media Days.

Mailbag: Big 12 sleeper pick, UGA's suspensions & new Coastal colossus
Besides Oklahoma and Baylor, which under-the-radar program has a chance to grab the Big 12 crown this season? Stewart Mandel answers that question and a variety of others in his weekly mailbag.

Catcher uses chest-beating money chant from 'Wolf of Wall Street' as walk-up song
Catcher uses chest-beating chant from 'Wolf of Wall Street' as walk-up

Lifestyle
For Thursday, July 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)


Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members
SPENCER Mass. (Reuters) - Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can...

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds
LONDON (Reuters) - Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a...

U.S. judge strikes down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling
DENVER (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court.

Venezuela's world-famous 'vertical slum' may be demolished
CARACAS (Reuters) - An abandoned Caracas skyscraper dubbed the world's tallest shanty-town after a squatters' takeover could be demolished once its inhabitants are out, Venezuela's leader said on...

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy: U.S. study
(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.

 

U.S. judge knocks down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling
DENVER (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but temporarily stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court.

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds
LONDON (Reuters) - Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a...

New York state increases fines for pet thieves
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stealing someone else's pet in New York state became five times more expensive on Wednesday after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law increasing the fine to $1,000.

Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Want a giant historic order of fries with that?

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies to hometown
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy in the small town where he has a home, sent sweet apologies to...


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