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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 Thursday, November 27, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Damaged Pac-Man public art sculpture in DeLand slated to be repaired
The artist who created the stone Pac-Man sculpture found damaged on Nov. 17 is planning to visit DeLand to repair the public art display in coming weeks, Key West stone carver Craig Gray, is normally bolted to the back of a piece of the rock sculpture. Police currently have no ...

Historic Downtown DeLand Christmas Parade returns
The annual Jaycees Christmas Parade and all the excitement it brings will return to Downtown DeLand Saturday, Dec. 6. The parade, which was begun in 1948 by the DeLand Chamber of Commerce, has become a grand tradition; it is both the largest and longest-running Christmas parade in Volusia County, wi ...

Man shot by friend at DeLeon Springs convenience store dies
A man shot by a friend at a DeLeon Spring convenience store — apparently accidentally — has died, leading to charges being upgraded on the man who fired the fatal bullet, a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The victim, 23-year-old Nicholas Alligood of DeLeon Springs, had been sho ...

Police: DeLeon Springs convenience store employee accidentally shoots friend
Authorities surrounded Joy Grocery Stop in DeLeon Springs this morning after police say a 20-year-old store employee accidentally shot his friend in the shoulder. Police were called to the convenience store, located at 5045 U.S. Highway 17, by the employee just before 10:15 a.m. to say t ...

Tricolored herons are slate blue, white and rusty-red
Pretty as a picture was the tricolored heron I saw in October at Painter’s Pond Park in DeLand. Tricolored herons are slender, beautiful water-lovers that are about 22 inches tall with a 3-foot wingspan. Their three colors are slate blue, white and rusty-red. Long legs enable them to easily wade i ...


State Road 472 overpass south of DeLand overpass closed after fatal crash
Witnesses have reported to The Beacon that the State Road 472 overpass, which runs over South Woodland Boulevard just south of DeLand, is closed, as emergency workers tend to a motor-vehicle accident that killed one person. Media website News 1150 WNBD reported that one person was killed in a head-o ...

Toy soldiers return to downtown DeLand for the holiday season
Ushering in the start of the holiday season, City workers this morning dusted off the popular toy soldiers and returned them to their seasonal posts in downtown DeLand. The nine-foot-tall fiberglass toy soldiers will be perched along Woodland Blvd., at the intersections of Howry Ave., New Y ...

Volusia County Historic Courthouse celebrates 85th anniversary, has a little work done
Coinciding with the 85th anniversary of its opening, workers scaled the roof of the ...

DeLand Police issue all-clear: Mystery package was harmless black bag
If you're missing a red fire extinguisher, a blue shirt, a car radio and a black shopping bag advertising a local eye clinic, the DeLand Police Department might want to talk with you. A robot and a bomb-sniffing canine officer from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office dissected that collection, left ...

DeLand Police: Girl shoots brother in head in accidental shooting
An 8-year-old boy was shot in the head by his 9-year-old sister with their parent’s handgun in an apparent accidental shooting in DeLand on Wednesday evening, according to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, officials added. The incident is currently under investigation. The victim and ...

US News
For Thursday, November 27, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Look at me! 21 selfies of the week

The week in 34 photos

Smoking gave me nightmares
I'm a quitter and proud of it....

Soldier broken by war silenced
Paralyzed by a sniper's bullets, Tomas Young became an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War. A year ago, he outlined his plan to end his life. He died this month....

Want to help veterans?
What does Veterans Day mean to the 19.6 million veterans it's meant to honor? CNN asked a few of them....


Philae gets another chance?
It flew for 10 years, crossed millions of miles of space, bounced over the surface of a comet and returned heaps of data ... and then quietly faded away....

Humans on Mars by 2035?
We've just landed a washing machine-sized robot on a comet and NASA's chief scientist has no idea....

Comet lander conks out
After an improbable 10-year, 310-million-mile journey to become the first ever space vehicle to make a soft landing on a comet, the Philae probe may have ended its mission prematurely....

Giffords completes 11-mile bike ride
Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords completed an 11-mile cycling event Saturday, marking another milestone in her recovery from a 2011 mass shooting....

One of the last 9/11 search dogs
Search and rescue dogs that responded to the 9/11 attacks are dwindling. Bretagne is one of them. And she trained at a place called Disaster City....

World News
For Thursday, November 27, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Look at me! 21 selfies of the week

Soap opera helping Rwandans heal
Romance. Suspense. Good versus evil. On the surface, Rwandan radio soap opera "Musekeweya," or "New Dawn," feels familiar. Like a Rwandan "Romeo and Juliet," it tells the story of lovers from two different villages at odds with each other....

The week in 34 photos

CNN reporter hit with tear gas
CNN's Rafael Romo struggles to report on a violent protest in Mexico as police release tear gas....

Sesay driven to tell girls' story
Isha Sesay explains why the Nigerian girls, once seemingly so close to release, still haven't come home....


Reporters' photos on the scene

Aleppo's children need protection
Children living in the Syrian city of Aleppo watch the sky. Not for signs of winter's approach, although the cold winds are already blowing, but for the barrel bombs, mortars and shellfire they know will not distinguish between military targets and their families' homes....

How to respond to assertive Russia
Last week, the news broke that Russian aircraft will commence patrolling the skies over the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Washington reacted mildly to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu's announcement. The U.S. State Department questioned Moscow's rationale for operating off North American coastlines while insisting that such flights "must be consistent with international law and conducted with due regard for the rights of other nations and the safety of other aircraft and of vessels."...

The man of the millennium?
Let's hear it for "the man of the moment, the man of the millennium."...

Jailed for 'Hunger Games' salute
What would Katniss do?...

For Thursday, November 27, 2014 (links are updated continually)

He's the king: Megatron breaks Thanksgiving touchdown record
Calvin Johnson has done considerable damage on Turkey Day over the years and now he's officially on top of the world.

Corey Fuller, Kyle Fuller have moment during Bears-Lions game
The two brother are playing for opposing teams on Thanksgiving and they came together for one funny incident.

Jim Harbaugh's family probably won't have turkey this Thanksgiving
A somewhat disturbing TV clip turned the 49ers coach and his family off chowing down on a delicious bird this year.

RG3: Demotion 'was Coach's decision. I'm here to help this team win'
RG3: Demotion 'was Coach's decision. I'm here to help this team win'

Courtney Force, Graham Rahal announce engagement
NHRA driver Courtney Force announced her engagement to IndyCar driver Graham Rahal on Twitter with a photo of the couple and her ring. The two were engaged Thursday in Venice, Italy, according to Force's post.


Coaches having fun with upcoming Rodgers-Brady showdown
Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady obviously have more in common than their jersey number and the state in which they were born. They both figure to put overall excellence on display on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Seahawks' Sherman brings his unique way with words to iPhone app
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is known for his way with words, and now he's bringing it to a new iPhone word game app.

CFB on FOX Sports 1: TCU teetering on playoff brink with Texas waiting
CFB on FOX Sports 1: TCU teetering on playoff brink with Texas waiting

Glazer: Will Marc Trestman be back in Chicago next season?
Jay Glazer joins MIke Francesa to talk about the Chicago Bears.

Chris Paul's tribute to brave mom is more than an initial offering
Chris Paul has bonded with 13-year-old fan Jack Gallagher, whose mother recently died of brain cancer. The Gallagher family of Erie, Pa., will be Chris Paul's guests at Clippers' game at Detroit on Wednesday.

For Thursday, November 27, 2014 (links are updated continually)

Pulitzer winner Lahiri in shortlist for S.Asia fiction prize
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri is one of five frontrunners for next year's DSC Prize, one of South Asia's biggest literary awards, according to the shortlist...

Thankful to arrive on snowy U.S. holiday with power out, travel delays
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of Americans were thankful just to arrive at their Thanksgiving feasts on Thursday after a snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow on Eastern states, causing flight...

Swiss museum publishes list of Nazi loot art trove
ZURICH (Reuters) - A Swiss museum published a list on Thursday of all the art found in the possession of Cornelius Gurlitt, a German recluse whose secret collection included masterpieces looted from...

Hedge fund couple agree Britain's most expensive divorce
LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire hedge fund manager Chris Hohn has been ordered to pay his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn 337 million pounds ($530 million) in the largest divorce settlement in...

'Hugo Chavez studies': Venezuela's latest academic trend
CARACAS (Reuters) - Students rise to their feet as a uniformed Venezuelan brigadier-general enters a large classroom at a Caracas military institute and proclaims: "Chavez lives!"


British crime writer P.D. James dies at age 94
LONDON (Reuters) - British crime writer P.D. James, creator of poetry-writing detective Adam Dalgliesh, has died at the age of 94, her publishers said on Thursday.

White vans and pickups: sending signals from behind the wheel
LONDON/SYDNEY/CAIRO (Reuters) - Automobiles are supposed to get you from Point A to Point B. They can also get you into trouble, even if you aren’t driving or riding in one, because they possess...

Prince William to make first UK royal visit to China in 30 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William will go to China early next year in the first visit to the mainland by a member of the British royal family in almost three decades, Buckingham Palace announced on...

Fifty is the new 20 for South Korean workers, data shows
SEOUL (Reuters) - Workers in their fifties outnumbered those in their twenties last year in South Korea, home to the world's fastest-ageing population, data showed on Thursday.

Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama's Thanksgiving turkey pardon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country's Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main...

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