141st Year
Friday, November 17, 2017
Internet Edition
West Volusia's Original Hometown Newspaper
By GUY MYSTERY
Intrepid Reporter

  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, November 17, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Volusia County Sheriff's Office to host gun turn-in program in DeLand
For a sixth year, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office will host a program to take unwanted guns off the county’s streets. The program, dubbed Kicks 4 Guns, allows anyone to turn in an unwanted gun to law enforcement, no questions asked, in exchange for a $50 Publix gift card. The event runs from ...

Volusia County sheriff's deputies, kids share a week of summer fun
More than 70 campers lined up for dinner outside the chuck wagon at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville Thursday, just like any other night. Then, in the distance, sirens. A lot of them. Read the whole story, in the Aug. 17-19, 2015, Midweek edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The ...

Hatters turn attention toward first scrimmage
With 11 of 30 preseason practices in the books, the Stetson Hatters will have a light day today, Friday, Aug. 14, as they look ahead to Saturday’s (Aug. 15) first of three scheduled scrimmages. The scrimmage, which is expected to have between 100-130 plays, will start at 8:30 a.m. on the lower pra ...

Volusia County Sheriff's Office names employees of the quarter
Five Volusia County Sheriff's Office employees have been honored as employees of the quarter, officials announced. Those recipients are Investigator Julian Elmazi, Deputy Miguel Roman, Tara Pronovost, Jennifer Clay and Alan Ponder. Each of the recipients has been awarded for exceptional work in his ...

Video footage: DeLand woman tells authorities she felt unsafe stopping for traffic stop
This unedited video is body camera footage from Officer W. Godwin of the DeLand Police Department, taken just before 9:30 p.m. on 8/5/15 during a traffic stop involving 19-year-old Sextoneriya "Neri" Keith of DeLand. A Volusia County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop Keith for running a red light at B ...

 

DeLand Police Dept. announces registration for Citizens Academy fall semester
Registration is now open for the 15th fall session of the DeLand Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, officials at the DeLand Police Department announced this week. The 11-week academy will begin Sept. 3, according to Officer Rod Hancock. The classes will allow members of the community to ...

DeLand area carjacking victim dragged by his own vehicle, deputies say
A carjacking that began just east of DeLand early Saturday morning resulted in the victim being dragged by his own vehicle, authorities said. Darrion Tompert, 21, of Daytona Beach, faces charges including carjacking, fleeing or attempting to elude a law-enforcement officer, possession of ammunition ...

Nature Scenes: Great white heron larger and taller than great blue heron
The Sibley Guide to Birds is a birder’s bible, and the 2000 edition of the guide identified the bird I photographed for this column as a great blue heron, white morph. For years, many bird experts have quibbled, some of them declaring this long-legged wader to be a great white heron. Hmmm. I had n ...

Gov. Scott announces expansion of DeLand business
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that Frontier Communications Corp.’s inbound-call center in DeLand will expand its operation into another business unit, adding 400 new jobs. “I am excited to announce that 400 jobs will be created in DeLand thanks to Frontier Communications’ newest expansion. ...

Florida Hospital seeking nominations for 2015 community-service award
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is seeking nominations for the Johana Knox Award for Community Service Excellence, according to Lindsay Rew, media contact for the hospital. This is the seventh year in a row that the organization will present the award, according to Rew. Three awards will be presente ...

US News
For Friday, November 17, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Boy orphaned by California shooting knew and feared gunman
Seven-year-old Gage did what the teachers said. He knew the drill....

Gunman was deranged and paranoid, police say
The gunman who went on a rampage in Northern California was a "deranged and paranoid killer" who was out on bail after assaulting two neighbors this year, authorities say....

Man to gunman: Shoot at me, not kids
Jessie Sanders ran toward the gunman who killed four people in a remote Northern California community, yelling at the gunman to shoot him instead of the children. Sanders said a bullet grazed his right forearm....

Before rampage, gunman killed wife and hid body under floor
Officials say Kevin Neal shot his wife and hid her body under the floor of their home before going on a shooting rampage through a northern California community....

Senate's $1.5T tax reform bill advances out of committee
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Alabama Senate poll: Jones leads Moore
Democrat Doug Jones has opened up an eight-point lead in the US Senate race in Alabama amid multiple sexual abuse allegations against Republican Roy Moore, according to a new Fox News poll released Thursday....

Rep. Dingell says she was groped by 'prominent historical person' in the '80s
Rep. Debbie Dingell recounted on Friday decades-old instances when a "prominent historical person" groped her and that a former senator acted inappropriately toward her....

Senators get into shouting match over tax plan
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) got into a shouting match over the GOP tax bill during a committee meeting....

DHS' head of community outreach resigns over past remarks on black community, Islam
Rev. Jamie Johnson resigned Thursday as the head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security after a CNN KFile report revealed inflammatory past comments he made about the black community and Islam....

Millennials are shaking up these 7 industries
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World News
For Friday, November 17, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has turned up to a university graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare, in his first public appearance since the military staged an apparent coup two days ago....

Analysis: The 'tyrant' who could be Zimbabwe's next president
The elevation of Emmerson Mnangagwa to the presidency of Zimbabwe would amount to an act of political survival matched only by the man he'd replace, Robert Mugabe....

Zimbabwe in political limbo
Longtime leader Robert Mugabe's regime may be crumbling after Zimbabwe's military leaders seized control of the impoverished southern African nation. CNN's David McKenzie reports....

Tesla reveals semi-truck and new sports car
You'll often hear automakers brag of a sports car's zero-to-60 performance but less often for a big-rig truck. On Thursday night, Tesla boasted of both....

Moody's loves Modi's plans for India
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Where you pay $900K just to view apartments
At one Hong Kong apartment complex, it will cost you close to $1 million to just get your foot in the door....

This $1 trillion pension fund wants out of oil
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How North Korea is hacking companies and governments
The U.S. government has revealed new details about two viruses it says North Korea is using to attack companies and governments....

Who inspires you the most?
Their missions vary greatly: To provide loving homes for orphaned children, feed those in crisis or mend war's psychological wounds....

Childhood cancer doesn't always mean isolation
Leslie Morissette's son, Graham, was 6 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia....

Sports
For Friday, November 17, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Surging Sixers take aim at defending champs (Nov 18, 2017)
The Golden State Warriors will be coming off a rare loss when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Week 11 NFL pick 'em
Pick 'em for week 11 of the NFL season

No. 19 Northwestern searching for defense vs. LaSalle (Nov 18, 2017)
UNCASSVILLE, Conn. -- No. 19 Northwestern's sole focus heading into Saturday's matchup with LaSalle is improving its defense, which has been uncharacteristically lackluster through its first three games of the season.

Bartley, Washington lead Louisiana past Savannah St. 115-82 (Nov 17, 2017)
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Frank Bartley scored 21 points, Bryce Washington had 21 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career, and 15 rebounds and Louisiana cruised to a 115-82 victory over Savannah State on Friday.

Wilder scored 31, W. Michigan defeats Appalachian St. 86-67 (Nov 17, 2017)
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Thomas Wilder scored 31 points, 24 in the second half when Western Michigan took control to defeat Appalachian State 86-67 on Friday night in the consolation bracket of the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

 

Hali among four Chiefs players ruled out for Sunday's game
Four Chiefs players have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Nets' D'Angelo Russell has arthroscopic surgery on left knee
NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday.

Purdue hosts Fairfield in final tune-up before Battle 4 Atlantis
Fairfield Stags-Purdue Boilermakers preview

Bettman: Montreal lacked venue for outdoor anniversary game
MONTREAL (AP) The NHL wanted to hold an outdoor game in Montreal to mark its 100th anniversary, but couldn't find a suitable venue, commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

Herbert could be back for Ducks against Arizona
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Quarterback Justin Herbert appears poised to return from a broken collarbone but so far there's no definitive word from Oregon.

Lifestyle
For Friday, November 17, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Steep alcohol taxes drive Turkey's drinkers to home-brew
ANKARA (Reuters) - Carefully testing the temperature of a bucket of fermenting beer, Onder Ceyhan pushes back the foam to add a touch of yeast to his latest batch of home-brewed drink.

Macron is popular - at least when he's imprisoned in a snow globe
PARIS (Reuters) - His ratings may be down, but snow globes containing pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron are flying off the shelves in Paris - bought both by fans and by those who want to...

Bones of contention: Australia returns ancient Aboriginal remains for outback burial
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 40,000-year-old remains of an Aboriginal man that prompted a drastic rewrite of Australian history were returned to his ancestral homeland on Friday after four decades of...

Sante! France welcomes start of Beaujolais Nouveau wine season
PARIS (Reuters) - Early-morning parties, parades and lots of raised glasses marked the release of the 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau wine across France on Thursday.

Washington's new Museum of the Bible aims to inform, not preach
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ancient scripts and rocker Elvis Presley's Bible will be on display at the $500 million Museum of the Bible, which opens this weekend in Washington after questions about the...

 

Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 million in New York
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi", sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's, more than double the old price for any work of art...

Pakistan unveils 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha, evoking diverse heritage
HARIPUR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha image on Wednesday, part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a...

Pope gets white-and-yellow Lamborghini to auction for charity
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis received some hot new wheels on Wednesday in the form of a white-and-yellow Lamborghini but he won't be using it on the tree-shaded roads of the Vatican gardens.

No flicking allowed, Subbuteo turned into an art form
(Reuters) - Hidden away down a drab side street in Milan's gray suburbs, the little figures lined up in the dusty window of a local ceramic workshop add a welcome dash of a color on a chilly autumn...

Necklace with largest flawless white diamond sold for record $34 million at auction
GENEVA (Reuters) - An emerald and diamond necklace set with the largest flawless white diamond ever to come to auction has sold for a world record 33.5 million Swiss francs ($34 million), the star...


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