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Tuesday, July 29, 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, July 29, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Statement from Pompano Pat's denies knowledge of George Zimmerman security detail in DeLand
George Zimmerman, the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford in February 2012, was in DeLand over the weekend, providing security for Pompano Pat's on South Woodland Boulevard, the DeLand Police Department said. Pompano Pat's, which sells guns and motorcycles, is owned by DeLand mayoral ...

Determined deputies 'dog' canine case – Red the pit-bull puppy returns home
A pit-bull puppy snatched from his 7-year-old owner as the boy walked the dog has been returned. "It's crazy," Anthony Cavallero Sr. said July 25, of the chain of events. Young Anthony “A.J.” Cavallero had been walking 9-month-old Red in the vicinity of West Taylor Road, on the west side of DeLa ...

Red tide causes large fish kill in northeast Gulf of Mexico
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed a large-scale offshore fish kill in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Citizens have reported observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom-dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish and snapper, ...

Nature Scenes: Birdbath beckons all kinds of visitors
Each morning, the brilliant sun peeks over my roof and smiles at my new birdbath, which is on the west side of my home. Apparently my neighborhood was abuzz about this new feature in my yard. Now that sounds only mildly exciting to a human; however, to the local nonhumans, it was good news. The meow ...

West Volusia Calendar of Events: July 26-Aug. 2, 2014
Saturday, July 26 Farmers Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary. Free admission. Call 407-443-6965. Market in the Park 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Blake Park, 493 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen. Free admission. Call 386-228-9957. Senior Breakfast 8:30-10:30 ...


Baseballers heading to World Series; seeking donations
The West Volusia Youth Baseball 13U All Star Team traveled July 18 to Sebring to play in the Dixie Junior Boys State Tournament. They went undefeated, and won the state championship! They will now go on to the Dixie Junior Boys World Series Friday, Aug. 1, in Bossier City, Louisiana. These 12 boys a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

US News
For Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (links are updated continually)

What a shot! 37 sports photos

The week in 30 photos

Look at me! 18 selfies of the week

The best selfies from space
"Gee whiz! Look at that horizon. It's curved a little bit and the clouds are way down there. I wonder what the picture's going to look like?" recalls famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin....

Do we need to go back to the moon?
"Neil Armstrong is going to walk on the moon on Monday, July 21st."...


Buzz Aldrin: After moon, Mars
Back in July 1969, I stood on the talcum-like lunar dust just a few feet from our home away from home, Eagle, the lunar module that transported Neil Armstrong and me to the bleak, crater-pocked moonscape....

America's body image screwed up
LZ Granderson says the cyber-standing ovation given to Robyn Lawley, an Australian plus-size model who posted unretouched photos, shows how crazy Americans' notions of beauty have become....

What's wrong with 'Black Jesus'?
A Christian group's anger over the trailer for an upcoming TV show seems out of place, says Jay Parini...

The bitter lessons of MH17
During the last four months, the people of Ukraine have been fighting for their freedom, independence and European path in a war started by Russia-backed terrorists and their accomplices....

What Christie can teach Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dug himself a big pothole on his road to the White House in a corruption scandal. He is going to have to address this head on....

World News
For Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (links are updated continually)

What a shot! 37 amazing sports photos

The week in 30 photos

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....

For Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Mind-bending table tennis rally lasts an astonishing 41 shots
Unbelievable table tennis rally lasts 41 shot

Kliff Kingsbury, Big 12 coaches read 'Mean Tweets'
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys read "mean tweets" about their team last month. Now, some of the coaches in the Big 12 are seeing what's being said about them on Twiter. 

Studs 'N' Duds: Who had fun and who wanted to throw bricks at Indy?
Jeff Gordon won Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but several other drivers had good days, as well.

Power Rankings: Angels continue to stay hot on the trail of top-ranked A's
As the A's continue to set the pace, the Angels continue to keep up as the two teams separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

NFL training camp buzz: Can Eli own 70 percent completion rate?
The Giants veteran signal caller has been challenged by his new quarterbacks coach to hit his targets more frequently. 


Micky Arison to Heat fans: 'Our goal remains the same'
Micky Arison appears to finally be ready to move on following the departure of LeBron James.

VIDEO: Peyton Manning shows you how to dance to Rocky Top
Denver Broncos quarterback and former Tennessee Vol Peyton Manning danced to UT's fight song, 'Rocky Top,' at practice recently, and you must watch.

Trading paint: JGR, SHR planes bump into each other on the ground
Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing are used to trading paint on the track ... but the Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport is a different story.

Tickets go quickly for LeBron's Akron homecoming event
Free tickets gone four and a half hours later.

UFC VP: Ronda Rousey 'likely' to be face of UFC's first apparel deal
A UFC uniform has long been rumored and when and if it happens, Ronda Rousey is likely to be the front woman for it, according to a UFC senior vice president.

For Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (links are updated continually)

American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse: poll
(Reuters) - How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Holocaust victim, artist Charlotte Salomon's life premieres as opera
SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) - The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called "Life? or Theatre?" before she was killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at...

Macho sport looks to feminine side in women's World Cup
PARIS (Reuters) - It is seen as the ultimate macho sport, but for the 12 captains in Paris on Tuesday at the official launch of the women's World Cup there is much more to rugby than a chance to...

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars sing to heal wounds of war
GDYNIA Poland (Reuters) - It's a long way from the refugee camps of Africa to Poland's balmy Baltic coast, but for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the message is still the same.

In change of heart Nepal to allow cremation of Tibetan monk
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal will allow a monk prominent in Tibetan Buddhism to be cremated in a monastery in Kathmandu, a minister said on Tuesday, disregarding fears of possible anti-China protests...


Eric Clapton pays musical tribute to long-time friend JJ Cale
LONDON (Reuters) - A year after the death of American cult singer-songwriter JJ Cale, his close friend Eric Clapton has launched a tribute with an album and documentary featuring the likes of Willie...

Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years — and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan.

Table for five: Obama to dine with Kansas City penpals
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Valerie, a single mom from Kansas City, Missouri, who owns a small business, wrote to President Barack Obama last week "in the middle of the night," describing just how hard...

World Chefs: Judy Joo brings Korean flavors to home cooks
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Riding the wave of global popularity of Korean cuisine, chef Judy Joo travels around her parents' homeland and adopts kimchi, pickled cabbage, and other local dishes for home...

World music fest adds the actual taste of what people hear
CHARLTON PARK England (Reuters) - In their native Iran, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are best known for their soaring voices, flawless harmonies and dedication to the art of singing in the face of tough...

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