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Tuesday, September 2, 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 Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (links are updated continually)

County Council to vote on $628.3 million budget Sept. 4
At a public hearing Thursday, Sept. 4, the Volusia County Council will vote on the county budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins Oct. 1. The operations budget calls for spending $628.3 million. That’s $31.2 million or 5.2 percent higher than the budget adopted for the current fiscal year. Of ...

Nature Scenes: Sandpiper has successful layover in New Smyrna Beach
The ocean breeze on my skin and the comfy sunny warmth were perfect on a recent day in May as I hiked in a daydreamy mood at New Smyrna Beach. New Smyrna Beach was also the destination for a tiny, peppy sandpiper with plumes of tan and taupe. Alone and hungry, he navigated and soared on strong wings ...

West Volusia Calendar of Events: Sept. 6-13.14
Saturday, Sept. 6 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. ‘Waterpalooza’ 8 a.m. at Daytona Lagoon, 601 Earl St., Daytona Be ...

Lake Helen city administrator resigns
Lake Helen City Administrator K.C. Cichon has resigned, making him the fifth key city employee to exit within the past year. “He has put us on notice that he has accepted a position elsewhere, and given us about, I think, about six weeks or so to seek a replacement,” Lake Helen Mayor Buddy Snowd ...

DeLand's Mayor Apgar: ‘Bizarre’ election will be his last
DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, re-elected by a landslide Aug. 26, said “the nastiest and most bizarre election” he’s ever been involved in will also be his last. Fresh from a campaign that had the other side continually slinging insults at Apgar and his family members, as well as at city employees, t ...


Election highlights
Election highlights: • Veteran U.S. Rep. John Mica trounced three challengers in the District 7 race, winning 74.97 percent of the vote in Volusia County and a similar percentage districtwide. "I'm just glad it's over," the 11-term congressman said. "Tomorrow we've got a lot of issues facing the c ...

The sting of climate change: Jellyfish invade Florida beaches
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — This Labor Day weekend, thousands of Floridians and visitors may feel more than just the sting of a sunburn. Jellyfish are hanging around beaches, with at least 400 people stung last weekend alone. While the toxin-tentacled animal has long been a part of beach-life, "jellyfish b ...

Orange City father, son, charged with possession of child pornography
Two Orange City men, a father and son, are being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bond. Each is charged with possession of child pornography. Daryl Hunter, 52, and his son, Morgan Hunter, 21, of South Sparkman Avenue in Orange City, were the subjects of an Florida Department of Law Enf ...

Duke Energy called to explain billing
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 25, 2014 — Duke Energy Florida will have to explain to state regulators an ongoing change in its billing process that two lawmakers say is spiking costs. Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Monday asked Duke Energy Florida President Alex Glenn to appe ...

Election highlights: All Volusia County precincts counted by 11 p.m.
UPDATE 10:45 P.M.: Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall said Tuesday’s polling generally went smoothly, albeit with some bumps. “We had a 22.98 percent turnout, which is lower than my prediction of 25 percent,” McFall said at the end of a busy day. There were some problems with se ...

US News
For Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (links are updated continually)

What a shot!

The week in 36 photos

Losing weight: What they don't say
At 27 years old, I weighed 486 pounds and decided to have gastric bypass surgery. I know what you might be thinking: "Oh, you took the easy way out."...

Change of plans for Mars rover

This is the fountain of youth?
For centuries, man has been on a quest to find the elixir to eternal life. Alchemists struggled fruitlessly to create the legendary philosopher's stone, a mythical substance capable of turning base metals into precious gold and said to hold the key to immortality....


Solar system in huge bubble
Ever feel like you live in a bubble?...

When food kills: Peanut butter case
It was in a bland, windowless third-floor courtroom here that Jeff Almer first locked eyes with the man he holds responsible for his mother's death....

4 ways to beat 'The Man'
Nan Grogan Orrock defied her family's wishes by sneaking away to join the 1963 March on Washington. But don't ask her about Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. She doesn't remember it....

Boy finds hope amid slaughter
Azwan Elias arrived in America this summer filled with excitement and eagerness to learn. Everyone who knows him says he is wise beyond his 17 years, that he is destined to lead others in his restive homeland of Iraq....

Meet 'Dead Man Walking' nun
Sister Helen Prejean blasts the air-conditioner in her champagne-colored Toyota Corolla, the back bumper held up with duct tape. It's clear why friends insist on driving when they are with her. She could rival NASCAR's Danica Patrick on the gas pedal. Age -- she turned 75 this year -- hasn't slowed her down....

World News
For Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (links are updated continually)

What a shot!

The week in 36 photos

CNN mourns loss of photojournalist
CNN lost a much loved and respected colleague Monday with the sudden passing of photojournalist Sarmad Qaseera. A longtime member of CNN's Baghdad bureau, Sarmad had to flee his country in 2006 after death threats, eventually settling in the United States and continuing his work for CNN based out of Atlanta. He was 42....

Inside the 'hermit kingdom'
CNN's Will Ripley goes inside the "Hermit Kingdom" for an international wrestling festival....

The challenges of covering Ebola
CNN's Nima Elbagir shares the hardships of reporting on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia....


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....

For Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Wes Welker suspended four games for use of amphetamines
The Broncos wide receiver will miss the first month of the season, according to an Internet report.

As Packers return to Seattle, team says it is past infamous 'Fail Mary'
Fans might still think about one of the most infamous ending in NFL history, but the Green Bay Packers say they got over the ''Fail Mary'' play quickly.

Report: Cowboys intend to sign Michael Sam to practice squad
The Cowboys plan to bring free agent defensive end Michael Sam in for a physical Wednesday with the intention of signing him to the practice squad according to a report.

Race for the ages? 103-year-old sprinter wants to run against Bolt
Here's a run for the ages: The world's fastest centenarian, 103-year-old Hidekichi Miyazaki, wants to challenge the world's fastest man Usain Bolt to a footrace. 

Tom Brady: 'When I suck, I'll retire'
Tom Brady: 'When I suck, I'll retire'


Kevin Sumlin tells Kenny Hill to lay low with the photos
Texas A&M coach doesn't want another Johnny Football.

Craziest moments in NFL history: Wyche's 'You don't live in Cleveland' speech
You live in Cincinnati!

Colorado State head coach chides Denver mayor for botching his name
Colorado State head coach chides Denver mayor for butchering his name 

Big Buzz: Azarenka bombs 'Happy Birthday' song; Kayla Marie is Fox-y
Big Buzz: Azarenka bombs 'Happy Birthday' song; Kayla Marie is Fox-y

Gone forever? In search of baseball's lost treasures
There are many baseball artifacts that have been lost to time, to the incomplete trivia books that dot our shelves.

For Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Ukraine steelmen hold their ground as frontline marches towards port
MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) - The war is being fought just over the hills. Civilians have started to flee the city. But the men of the vast Ilyich iron and steel works in the Ukrainain port of...

Venezuelan Socialist Party swaps God for Chavez in new prayer
CARACAS (Reuters) - A member of Venezuela's Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the classic Christian "Lord's Prayer" to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the...

World Chefs: Jamie Bissonnette shares tips on making cured meats
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Making sausages, pates and cured meats at home can be tricky, but American chef Jamie Bissonnette in his debut book, "The New Charcuterie Cookbook," shows their flavors are worth...

Last call at Atlantic City's Revel: a few bettors, $5 bottles, state cops
ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - Shortly before sunrise on Tuesday, Morgan Capezzera reclined on the roulette table at the Revel Casino in her bikini and snapped a selfie before the Atlantic City...

Victims of Nazi 'euthanasia' killings commemorated in Berlin
BERLIN (Reuters) - Some 300,000 people with physical or mental disabilities who were killed under Nazi Germany's "euthanasia" program because their lives were deemed unworthy were commemorated on...


Triathlons test the mettle of the middle-aged athlete
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes, according to U.S. fitness experts.

Child abuse revelations divide 'most shameful town in Britain'
ROTHERHAM England (Reuters) - Swapping cigarettes and chewing gum, the teenage girls outside Rotherham's Centenary Indoor Market are not engrossed in the conversations students should be having on...

Tycoon buys Austria's Essl modern art collection
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian tycoon Hans Peter Haselsteiner has come to the rescue of home-improvements millionaire Karlheinz Essl by buying a modern art collection that Essl had tried in vain to sell...

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island's racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages...

Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine - soccer great Diego...

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