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Friday, May 29, 2015
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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 Friday, May 29, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Blue jays aggressively mob predators, travel in packs
Mr. Blue Jay is 11 inches long with a 16-inch wingspan, and has a reputation for being a bully. He has even been described as cruel, murderous and villainous. A dark stripe like a necklace encircles his handsome head that has a crest of blue feathers for a crown. This jay’s topside plumage is main ...

Authorities: Deltona man beats ex-girlfriend, sets bedroom on fire
A 28-year-old Deltona woman was allegedly beaten and strangled by her ex-boyfriend who then set fire to her bedroom following an argument early Tuesday morning, according to authorities at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded to a home on Providence Boulevard at 12:40 a.m. to fin ...

New Smyrna Beach art teacher selected as 2015 DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts' featured artist
New Smyrna Beach resident Steve Hardock has been selected as DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts' 2015 Festival Poster Artist. Hardock, an elementary school art teacher and artist across many mediums, will have his featured work, slated to grace the 2015 FFOA Poster, unveiled on Sept. 3 at the Athens ...

Two DeLand leaders to be highlighted at this year's West Volusia NAACP banquet
First-year Principal of Edith L. Starke Elementary School Dwayne Copeland will be honored at the NAACP's upcoming 25th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, according to a press release announcing the event. DeLand city commissioner Jessica Davis is scheduled to serve as the event's guest speaker, the rele ...

Authorities: One teen dead, two others injured in early morning vehicle rollover in Deltona
A 17-year-old Deltona driver was killed in an early morning single-vehicle rollover crash in Deltona on Sunday, according to officials at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Two other 14-year-old passengers were also injured in the accident, which occurred around 3:40 a.m., Andrew Gant, a VCSO ...


DeLand man involved in what deputies are calling a road rage shooting
A DeLand man was involved in two separate road rage incidents Wednesday night, firing a gun at one point -- and even mistakenly pointing a gun at someone, according to the officials at Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Chance Everett, 22, is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on four cou ...

Bear spotted in Orange City
Orange City resident Peggy Hrabal said she was surprised to find what appeared to be a Black bear in her backyard this morning. “I got woke up this morning to the police saying, ‘there’s a bear in your backyard,” said Hrabal, who lives on C Street, near the corner of Ohio Avenue and S. Volus ...

Disease continues 'devastating' effects on Florida's citrus crop
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam pointed this week to a need to continue fighting against the costly disease citrus greening, as federal officials lowered a forecast of Florida's orange crop. The forecast, released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, estimated 96.4 million boxes of or ...

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in Glenwood area north of DeLand
Update 6:08 p.m.The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported early this evening that Iva Warman has died. Iva Warman was one of two victims in an apparent murder-suicide in the Glenwood area. Update 3:29 p.m. The elderly couple involved in the DeLeon Springs alleged attempted murder-suicide have b ...

UCF Business Incubator to hold free seminars on social media, marketing
Entrepreneurs looking to improve their business marketing skills are in luck—upcoming are two free seminars to do just that. The two sessions will cover sales and social media, and are open to the public. The sessions will take place at 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23 at the UCF business i ...

US News
For Friday, May 29, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Man says he knows where Natalee Holloway is
Jurriën de Jong says he kept silent for years because of his own crimes -- and out of fear. FULL STORY...

Holloway's father still has hope

Former investigator: Aruban government hindered case
Ashleigh Banfield talks to law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes, formerly an FBI investigator on the Natalee Holloway case, about a potential new lead....

Photos: The Holloway case
Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a high school graduation trip in Aruba in 2005....

ACLU: Pregnant woman's arrest is 'horrifying'
An officer's body cam video shows what the ACLU alleges was a wrongful arrest and the wrestling to the ground of an eight months pregnant black woman after she got into an argument with a white woman outside a school in Barstow, California....


Police: Drunk pilot crashed before takeoff
Police say that a drunk pilot in Florida crashed his twin-engine plane into a shed before takeoff with his son on board. CNN's Rene Marsh reports....

$50K reward for missing boy
Oregon boy Kyron Horman vanished nearly five years ago, and local authorities are not giving up on him....

More rain expected for flood-hit Texas, Oklahoma
With heavy rain in the middle of the night, Billy Mack Williams saw water coming over the front sidewalk. It moved so quickly that by the time he could wake his wife, the door burst open and 3 feet of water came flooding in....

Key witness scrutinized in mansion killings case
Police could be close to a major break-thru in the brutal murder of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper. CNN's Pamela Brown reports....

Pearl Harbor memorial closed after accident
The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, will be closed to visitors until at least June 4 after a dock to the memorial that sits atop the sunken battleship was damaged in an accident Wednesday, the National Park Service says....

World News
For Friday, May 29, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Surge in female recruits to terror group reported
Schoolgirl, doctor, blogger: The women of #ISIS aren't all stereotypical 'jihadi brides.'...

Photos: Behind the burqa
Dozens of women have left their homes in the West to join ISIS. So what do their social media posts reveal about who they are and why they made the move?...

ISIS twins: From schoolgirls to jihadi widows
Twins Salma and Zahra Halane were popular, high-achieving teens, but they ran away from home to join ISIS in Syria. Atika Shubert has the story....

Schoolgirl's tweet offers clue about life with ISIS
How were three British schoolgirls lured to Syria by ISIS? CNN's Atika Shubert takes a look at what made the terror group so appealing....

ISIS mom would face 'full severity' of Australian law
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the wife of an Australian ISIS fighter who posted a photo of their son holding a severed head would face the "full severity" of the law if she dared to return home....


4 dead in explosion outside mosque in Saudi Arabia
An explosion outside a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia on Friday killed at least four people, the Arab nation's official Saudi Press Agency reports....

Video of mob burning teen alive spurs outrage
A video of a 16-year-old being beaten and burned to death in the Guatemalan village of Rio Bravo goes viral online and spurs debate over vigilante justice. CNN's Jessica King reports....

Residents flee as volcano erupts
Residents of the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu have been urged to evacuate to get out of the path of an erupting volcano....

Putin makes peacetime military deaths a state secret
For years, the tally of Russian troops who died at war has been a state secret. Now, President Vladimir Putin says his government won't reveal the number of military deaths during peacetime either....

Shelling, bullets and explosions: This is Ukraine's ceasefire
When is a ceasefire not a ceasefire? That remains the question Ukraine has been asking itself since February, when an agreement calling for a truce was signed by Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russian separatists, France and Germany in Minsk, Belarus. That seemed to calm tensions but it certainly did not stop violence along Ukraine's front lines with the breakaway separatists in the east....

For Friday, May 29, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Urban Meyer: Braxton Miller will play at Ohio State in 2015
Urban Meyer: Braxton Miller will play at Ohio State in 2015

Four NFL quarterbacks set to take a step back in 2015
You will find a combination of Hall of Fame-caliber players and unproven youngsters.

DeMaurice Smith says NFL teams are blackballing Ray Rice
Can a running back who is 28 years old, missed an entire season of football and has a history with domestic violence be "blackballed" by NFL teams?

Manes untamed: A gallery of NASCAR's most unforgettable hairdos
From Kasey Kahne to Danica Patrick to the late Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR drivers have sported some memorable hairdos through the years. Take a look.

He's upset: Adrian Peterson goes off about NFL contracts on Twitter
The Minnesota Vikings running back sent out a series of tweets on Thursday and it appears he's not happy with the NFL.


Chris Weidman reveals dirty secret: He nearly soiled himself at UFC 187
Chris Weidman has a crappy problem that almost cost him at UFC 187.

Shaquille O'Neal: 'Probably still be a Laker to this day' had Karl Malone not been injured
Shaquille O'Neal: 'Probably still a Laker to this day' without Karl Malone injury

Nine times LeBron James had 'no regard for human life'
Nine times LeBron James had 'no regard for human life'

Watch: Indians fan makes bare-handed, home run grab without dropping his hot dog
Not only did this Tribe fan catch a home run ball, but he made the grab barehanded -- while holding a hot dog in the other hand.

Chipper Jones bickers with man over autograph snub from childhood
'You were my favorite player until you ruined it by not signing a ball when I was 8.'

For Friday, May 29, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Malian quartet Songhoy Blues sing lovesongs to their homeland in exile
LONDON (Reuters) - Three years ago, the singer of Malian quartet Songhoy Blues was fleeing Islamist militants who had banned all music. This Thursday, his group electrified the crowd with its...

Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch on the market for $100 million
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The sprawling Neverland ranch in California once owned by the late pop star Michael Jackson is for sale for $100 million, Sotheby's International Realty said on Friday.

Old African-American celebration given second life in New York
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An African-American celebration called Pinkster dating back to the 17th century is enjoying a quiet revival in New York, giving the city a fresh glimpse at the largely ignored...

Croatia festival to stage Houellebecq play despite security concerns
ZAGREB (Reuters) - The Dubrovnik Summer Festival will go ahead and stage a play by French author Michel Houellebecq, reversing a decision to cancel it after police voiced concerns for security...

Trip Tips: Music, beaches and 'fromagers' in Senegal's Casamance
ZIGUNICHOR, Senegal (Reuters) - A mix of locals and music fans were watching silently or dancing, framed by the branches of the giant "fromager" tree that marks the center of the Senegalese village...


Missouri, Kansas students co-winners of National Spelling Bee
OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - Eighth-graders Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Missouri, and Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, were co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Youthful contestants at U.S. Bee not just whizzes at spelling
OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - The youthful contestants at the U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee boast a lot of interests in their lives besides spelling, with athletes, musicians, actors and writers...

Former Massachusetts governor urges Harvard grads to be 'uneasy' about social ills
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Two-time Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick encouraged Harvard University graduates on Thursday to be "uneasy" enough about social ills that they are compelled to find...

Temperature's rising: expert says dinosaurs were warm-blooded
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dinosaurs, those bygone masters of the planet, were warm-blooded just like today's mammals, according to a scientist who judged their metabolism using body mass and growth...

Science journal retracts gay-marriage study after evidence of fraud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amid evidence of fraud in a high-profile study on how canvassers can convince people to back same-sex marriage, the journal Science, which published the study, retracted it on...

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