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Friday, October 24, 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 Friday, October 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)

West Volusia-area Calendar of Events: Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2014
Saturday, Oct. 25 Early Voting Begins 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at two locations in West Volusia: Volusia County Department of Elections, in the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave., DeLand; and Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Early voting continues at these locations through Sa ...

Autumn in the Oaks returns to DeLeon Springs Saturday, Oct. 25
The DeLeon Springs Community Association will host the annual Autumn in the Oaks old-time festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, on the grounds of the historic Porter House at 5030 North U.S. Highway 17. The festival features crafts and music — especially bluegrass. A wide variety of art and ha ...

Meet the characters of DeLand’s past on Cemetery Walk Oct. 24-25
Once again, mist curls around the headstones as the daylight fades. Spirits take shape and speak to the hardy souls who wander among the graves. The ghosts of DeLand past have stories to tell, and they are eager for an audience. Be part of that audience 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, dur ...

Get a start on Halloween this weekend
Saturday, Oct. 25, will be filled with frights, parties, events, and other haunted fun, all around Volusia County. Some of the activities continue through Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31. The little monsters can choose from a variety of fun spooks Saturday evening. The Equestrian Center in Lake Helen i ...

Stetson University to Host Forum on Amendment 1
Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, also known as Amendment 1, will be the focus of a community forum at Stetson University 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. The forum is open to the public, and will feature presentations by Florida state Sen. David Simmons, Volusia County Council Member Pat Northey an ...


Westbound I-4 to close next week near Daytona Beach
Headed to Daytona Beach for dinner and a movie, or some other nighttime activity? Be prepared for detours if you take Interstate 4 on the way home Monday, Oct. 27, Tuesday, Oct. 28, or Wednesday Oct. 29, as construction workers place large bridge beams over I-4. The work will cause overnight detours ...

Nature Scenes: The tale of Abby the cat
In scenic Vermont, 2-year-old Abby has only pretend cats for feline company, but two real boys for playmates, which makes her happy. Full of mischief and energy, she prowls in her home for excitement. She often tries in vain to catch bugs that are just on the other side of a screen. Playing with toy ...

West Volusia Calendar of Events: Oct. 18-25, 2014
Saturday, Oct. 18 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. Keeping the Fight Breast-Cancer Walk 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk ...

Port Orange man shoots his three children, himself, after domestic quarrel, Sheriff's Office says
Shockwaves from a fatal shooting in Port Orange are reverberating throughout Volusia County today. Two children and their father are dead. A third child is in the hospital. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened after a domestic quarrel early this morning, Oct. 17, ...

‘Thin Man’ Watts Jazz Fest in DeLand Saturday, Oct. 18
DeLand is gearing up for the 'Thin Man' Watts Jazz Fest, an all-day event Saturday, Oct. 18, that will fill this vibrant, historic Central Florida town with a wide variety of jazz, blues and gospel acts. The Jazz Fest is named in memory of renowned jazz saxophonist and DeLand native Dr. Noble “Thi ...

US News
For Friday, October 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)

The week in 37 photos

Look at me! 17 selfies of the week

Moon bites sun: Your photos
If there's one thing we've learned about the CNN iReport community, it's that you all love to capture celestial events....

Obese dummies prevent road deaths?
Car safety testing has come a long way since the days of dropping cadavers down unused elevator shafts in the 1930s....

Jack-o'-Lantern sun
It wasn't a trick. But for space geeks, it sure was a treat....


Mars travel possible with hibernation
Six astronauts lie motionless in a row of compartments with medical monitoring cables connected to their bodies, as their space ship cuts through the silent blackness that separates Earth from Mars....

How much sex counts as exercise?
When I think of the ultimate sex workout, I picture the scene from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie throw each other around their kitchen for an hour. Unfortunately, not every sexual experience is quite that... well, high-intensity. But how many calories do we really burn in the act?...

Students took fake 'paper classes'
For 18 years, thousands of students at the University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, an independent report finds....

DNA tests solve Oklahoma cold cases
A decades-old mystery that captivated Oklahoma has been solved after officials confirmed the identities of two groups of people -- some of them teens -- who went missing in 1969 and 1970....

Romance ends in chimney
The perils of online dating are well-documented. But the mantle of absurdity in dating folklore might now belong to a Los Angeles-area man, and it's for where his online flame turned up -- behind his mantel....

World News
For Friday, October 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)

The week in 37 photos

Look at me! 17 selfies of the week

Kobani: Before and after views
CNN's Michael Holmes shows us dramatic before and after satellite views of Kobani....

Ebola battle through nurse's eyes
CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on the desperate effort to save Ebola patients from the viewpoint of those taking care of them....

Reporters' photos on the scene


How to vote for Hero of the Year
CNN's Anderson Cooper explains the voting process for CNN Hero of the Year....

From near death to Nobel Prize
On Friday, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. But just a day earlier, she passed the two-year anniversary of the gruesome event that flung her and her cause onto the world stage -- the attempt on her life....

China's military in Hong Kong
Just yards from where thousands of pro-democracy supporters have been "occupying" the heart of Hong Kong's financial district, stands an imposing gray building surrounded on all sides by a high wall -- this is the Hong Kong garrison of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), China's armed forces....

Who is 'Umbrella Man'?
Demonstrators wheeled out the looming figure under cover of darkness....

Watch landmark Cold War series
The struggle between communism and capitalism defined the second half of the 20th Century. The Cold War pitted east against west, pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war....

For Friday, October 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Flop the insanity! Ref calls match when five guys fake it at same time
A soccer match in Peru was abandoned after 5 players faked injury at the same time. Here's Nicole Dabeau with more:

Good luck charm? Scrivens dons mask for charity, gets Oilers' first W
The art of goalie-mask design has become increasingly that in recent years — art. But art, as they say, is subjective. And like in other forms, goalie-mask art can also carry a purpose. Just ask Ben Scrivens. The Edmonton Oilers goalie on Monday announced he would lend his support to the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta with a new program he calls "Ben's Netminders" — a program in which Edmonton-area artists diagnosed with the illness will design a goalie mask for Scrivens.

Oh boy ... what is Michelle Wie putting in her mouth this time?
Oh boy ... what is Michelle Wie putting in her mouth this time?

Too much lunch? Watch Steelers' Timmons lose his on the field
Football can be rough on the body ... and apparently on the stomach. Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons let loose with some vomit during the game on Monday night.

Bochy recognizes Buster Posey's great talent
Giants manager Bruce Bochy talks about what makes Buster Posey so special.


Watch Kyle Orton and Uncle Rico throw game-winning TD pass for Bills
Thank you for this, technology. 

Anderson Silva would be honored to walk to the Octagon with DMX
Anderson Silva talks about the possibility of adding DMX to his walkout entourage for UFC 183 where the rapper could perform his favorite track, 'No Sunshine'. 

UFC's Joe Riggs on scary gun accident: 'I shouldn't have lived'
Joe Riggs shot himself in the hand and thigh accidentally in August, just hours after signing a UFC contract. Somehow, he'll be able to compete in December at UFC Fight Night on FOX.

Seattle TV station hilariously mixes up Gary Payton and Peyton Manning
Graphic showed former Sonics guard setting NFL passing record.

Who lost the weekend?
Oakland Raiders fans got trolled pretty hard by Darnell Dockett during Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. But they weren’t the only ones in sports who had a tough weekend.

For Friday, October 24, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction
PARIS (Reuters) - Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat.

Designer Oscar de la Renta's funeral to be private New York affair
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar de la Renta, the renowned fashion designer who died on Monday at the age of 82, will be buried at a private funeral in New York early next month.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.

With U.S. Ebola fear running high, African immigrants face ostracism
(Note: Please be advised that the second paragraph contains language that may be offensive to some readers.)

Vienna inaugurates monument to World War Two deserters
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria inaugurated a monument on Friday to thousands of its nationals who deserted Hitler's army during World War Two, marking a new step in efforts to acknowledge the nation's...


Nero's buried golden palace to open to the public - in hard hats
ROME (Reuters) - The golden palace that the Emperor Nero built as a monument to himself after half of ancient Rome was consumed by fire is reopening to the public even though its renovation isn't...

Trip Tips: New York City for music lovers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There are 8 million rhythms in the naked city.

Italy court clears designers Dolce and Gabbana in tax evasion case
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top court cleared fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Friday over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.

Japan's party animals closer to dancing the night away
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's cabinet approved changes on Friday to a 66-year-old law that bans late-night dancing in clubs, a decision that will help businesses cash in on an expected influx of tourists...

Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of...

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