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Sunday, April 20, 2014
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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 Sunday, April 20, 2014 (links are updated continually)

West Volusia Calendar of Events: April 19-26, 2014
Saturday, April 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 Nor ...

Laralee Spear killing unsolved for 20 years
If Laralee Spear were alive today, she might be a pediatrician or a veterinarian, because she loved children and animals. She might have a couple of children of her own. But none of that happened, because Laralee Spear was shot to death 20 years ago, on April 25, 1994, less than a mile from her home ...

Easter Egg Hunt, today, Thursday, April 17
The DeLand Parks and Recreation Department, Duane’s Sunshine Cleaning, and DeLand Elks Lodge 1463 are hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt Thursday, April 17, at Bill Dreggors Park, 230 N. Stone St. in DeLand. The event is for children age 12 and younger. An egg crawl in the Lemon Room at the park for t ...

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DeLand-based photographer documents disappearing Florida lifestyles
On front porches, in gardens and barns, Floridians told their stories to Eric Dusenbery. It is not clichéd to say these folks are the salt of the earth and the sea. Dusenbery has a love affair with Florida, and that shines through as you read the stories in his book Florida Soup: Putting History on ...


Downtown DeLand Children’s Museum relocates
Just about four months after it opened, a Downtown DeLand children’s museum is closing its doors at 100 E. New York Ave. However, owner Linsey Fasold said Lighthouse Children’s Museum will soon reopen in a new location not far away, in the 100 block of North Florida Avenue. On April 11, the toys ...

West Volusia Calendar April 15-19, 2014
Tuesday, April 15 Camp Create Registration Opens Beginning today, parents or guardians may register their children for this summer’s Camp Create at the Museum of Art - DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd. The camp will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 8 (excluding June 30-July 4), for 6- to ...

Nature Scenes: Anhingas are sometimes called snakebirds
Often looking like posed statues, anhingas perch on branches or near water waiting for the breeze and sun to dry their water-soaked bodies after swimming and diving. These graceful water birds are among the few species in the world that do not have any oil in their feathers and therefore are barely ...

Volusia County gets ready to ride the rails; free SunRail service starts May 1
Delays are nothing new in government or construction, and the start of free SunRail service is no exception. The free rides, originally scheduled for the last couple of weeks in April, have been postponed. Free service will be available Thursday, May 1, through Friday, May 16, instead, giving prospe ...

Downtown DeLand Children’s Museum closes
Just about four months after it opened, a Downtown DeLand children’s museum is closing its doors at 100 E. New York Ave. However, owner Linsey Fasold hopes The Light House Children’s Museum can soon reopen in a new location. For right now, the toys are packed and the museum is homeless, after Fa ...

US News
For Sunday, April 20, 2014 (links are updated continually)

The week in 33 photos

What a shot! 27 sports photos

National parks free this weekend
Looking for something free to do this weekend? Check out a national park....

Loving Chicago, despite it all
Despite its long list of wrongs, Chicago's residents say there's still a lot that's right with the city....

Americans wary of futuristic tech
Americans are generally excited about the new technology they expect to see in their lifetimes. But when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous....


'Modest hope' to slow warming
Keeping global warming down to a level people can live with means cutting carbon emissions to "near zero" by the end of the century, even in an increasingly industrialized world, the top U.N. experts on the issue reported Sunday....

Asian pollution could impact weather
A study finds that air pollution from Asia directly affects the storm pattern over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers further speculate that this could be driving freak winter weather in North America....

'Common sense' vs. the NRA
Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts say almost all Americans are ready for sensible gun laws, but politicians are cowed by the NRA. Everytown for Gun Safety will challenge the gun lobby and prove the politicians wrong....

Thousands 'age out' of foster care
Rita Soronen: About 24,000 children each year turn 18 and are "aged out" of foster care; most of them put out alone into the world without a lifeline....

Google Glass: A wearable revolution
Google Glass is crazy fun, but don't worry if you missed your chance to buy a pair on Tuesday, when it went on sale to the public for $1,500....

World News
For Sunday, April 20, 2014 (links are updated continually)

The week in 33 photos

What a shot! 27 sports photos

The dangers of testing Ebola
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the dangers of testing Ebola, which has already claimed the lives of 14 healthcare workers....

Putting planes back together
CNN's Stephanie Elam visits USC's Aviation Accident Lab for a look at how investigators learn to solve aviation mysteries....

Isolated tribe believes in simple life
Women from Tanzania's Hadza tribe describe their simple lifestyle which is free from first world problems....


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

Anderson Cooper: Here's how
Anderson Cooper shows you how to nominate an "everyday person changing the world" as a 2014 CNN Hero. It's easy!...

At fire scene, she rescues the pet
Hazel Donnelly was taking her husband to the doctor when they got a call that their apartment building was on fire....

Hunger in the land of plenty
In "the nation's salad bowl," as California's Central Valley is often called, fresh produce grows in abundance....

Helping women escape 'the life'
As darkness falls, Joy Friedman hits the streets -- the same ones she used to troll for customers while working as a prostitute....

For Sunday, April 20, 2014 (links are updated continually)

John Wall, Wizards steal Game 1 at Chicago
Washington continues the trend of tough road wins, and next up, Portland tries to take Game 1 at Houston. Follow all the action here.

Formula 1 flag man accidentally ends race one lap too early
Lewis Hamilton had yet another dominant performance in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, but an odd turn of events at the end of the race had the Mercedes driver questioning himself.

'Johnny Jet Ski' shows off his hands while riding the waves
The incoming NFL rookie is busy showing off his special skills while on vacation. You've got to check this out.

Gomez ejected after bench-clearing brawl in Pirates-Brewers game
The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates get into it during a bench-clearing brawl following Carlos Gomez' third-inning triple off Gerritt Cole.    

Squirrel takes the field in the Phillies-Rockies game
The Phillies gained a furry teammate during their game against the Rockies. He hung around the game for the third and fourth innings.


It's true: 10 reasons why your team should draft Johnny Manziel
Love him or hate him, the quarterback has an undeniable amount of talent. Here is why you should be rooting for his name to be called on draft day.

Mic'd-up Pierce taunts Toronto crowd after nailing game-icing 3
Pierce taunts Toronto crowd after nailing game-icing 3

Jim Kelly's Easter message to fans: 'I will be back!'
Jim Kelly's Easter message to fans: 'I will be back!'

Injured in bombings, a spectator turns runner in 2014 Boston Marathon
Kellie Marshall was injured while watching the Boston Marathon during last year's bombings. Marshall has recuperated and the 21-year-old is preparing to return to Boylston Street as one of the runners in the 2014 race.

NBA playoffs Day 1: Rough start for home teams
Indiana continues to look like the team that was sliding to end the season. Meanwhile, the Thunder are only ones to take advantage of homecourt.

For Sunday, April 20, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state
(Reuters) - Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the...

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, U.S. boxer famous in folk song, dies at 76
TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair...

Ohio couple married for 70 years dies hours apart
(Reuters) - An Ohio couple who met as teenagers and were married for 70 years, almost never sleeping apart, died from natural causes within a span of 15 hours, according to their daughter.

Lottery winners top up Scottish independence coffers with 3 million pound donation
LONDON (Reuters) - A Scottish couple who won the lottery have donated at least 3 million pounds ($5 million) of their winnings to the campaign for an independent Scotland, making them Britain's...

On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts...


South Africa's 'spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in
SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - In this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, the biggest building used to be the Catholic church. Now it's been overshadowed by a shopping center and...

Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives.

Greek Christians mark rare Good Friday in Turkish north Cyprus
FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Hundreds of Greek Orthodox pilgrims, some coming home after 40 years of forced exile, commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus in a rare Good Friday service in northern...

Death toll climbs to at least 13 in worst tragedy on Everest
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide on Saturday after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the...

Mourning and memories in Garcia Marquez's languid hometown
ARACATACA, Colombia (Reuters) - The sleepy Colombian town that was Gabriel Garcia Marquez's birthplace and inspired him to write "One Hundred Years of Solitude" mourned its Nobel Prize-winning author...

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