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Thursday, February 26, 2015
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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, February 26, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Nature Scenes: Male hooded merganser can voluntarily raise and lower his head crest
The handsome male hooded merganser is 18 inches long, has a 24-inch wingspan, and weighs just over 1 pound. The male has black-and-white plumage with chestnut flanks and a beautiful fan-shaped white head crest bordered in black. He can raise and lower that crest at will. The female, who also is very ...

DeLand police: Drunk driver takes out hydrant in DeLand
City utility workers have been working since early this morning to repair a damage to a fire hydrant caused by an allegedly drunk driver who struck it and a nearby utility pole, according to DeLand police.. The accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m., Thursday morning at the corner of North Amelia ...

Controlled burn being conducted in West Volusia
Authorities will be conducting a controlled burn of 77 acres at the Crescent Lake Conservation Area in Volusia County on Thursday in an effort to reduce the chances of wildfires. "Prescribed fire is the use of carefully-planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control fire's effe ...

Deputies honored for saving lives
Three Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies were honored Feb. 10 with medals of merit for saving a pair of lives in two separate incidents in December and January, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. “We’re real proud of you,” Sheriff Johnson told the trio. “You’ve made the Volusia County S ...

School board employees to march in protest over stalled contracts, little say, in DeLand
In an effort to voice their frustrations over stalled contract negotiations and not having more of a say in school-district decisions, hundreds of Volusia County School Board employees will take to the streets of DeLand later today. “We want to make our voices heard, and we want to make sure that ...


DeLand police arrest Barberville man in Rightway Food shooting
A Barberville man has been arrested, accused of being the shooter who gunned down a man at an East New York Avenue convenience store shortly after 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20, DeLand police said. Jeremy Thomas, 31, was arrested at his probation officer's office Feb. 4, DeLand Police Department spokesman Lt. B ...

Nature Scenes: Great blue heron is mainly gray
On a beautiful November afternoon on the Blue Heron River Tour in DeLand, the tourists saw an unusually posed great blue heron. This tall, slender bird usually looks majestic in size, stance and stature. But look at the photo accompanying this column! Was the great blue heron trying to look like a b ...

Nature Scenes: Golden eagle has a golden nape and crown
The robust, majestic golden eagle is 26-40 inches long, has a 6-foot to 7-foot-8-inch wingspan, and weighs 10 to 14 pounds. The females are larger than the males. This large, dark-chocolate-brown-plumed raptor has a golden nape and crown. The alert eyes are yellow like amber. The wings are broad and ...

One shot at DeLand convenience store
One person was shot this morning, Jan. 20, at the Rightway Food store, 430 E. New York Ave. in DeLand, according to Lt. Bruce Morehouse of the DeLand Police Department. The victim’s condition is currently unknown, he said Just after 11 a.m., the gas station was roped off with police tape, and the ...

Fire levels decorative foliage/moss plant in DeLeon Springs
Fire ravaged through a local decorative foliage and moss plant in DeLeon Springs in an early morning blaze on Jan. 16. Authorities were called to Quality Growers Floral Company, inc., 5220 State Road 11, at 3:45 a.m., to find the business fully-involved in flames, according to Division Chief Paul E ...

US News
For Thursday, February 26, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Plots include assassinating President and hijacking jet
Their arrests took place in New York and Florida....

Opinion: What terrorists are really angry about
Boiling outrage at American foreign policy drives jihadists seek to revenge on the west...

What is ISIS' appeal for young people?
The case of three teenage British girls, who are believed to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS, has refocused attention on the Islamic extremist group's appeal to young people....

The names: This is who ISIS has recruited from the West
More than 20,000 foreigners have flocked to fight for ISIS, the radical Sunni group that controls portions of Iraq and Syria....

Police fired 17 times at Mexican worker
Seventeen times. That's how many shots police in Pasco, Washington, fired at Antonio Zambrano-Montes when they killed him after he allegedly hurled rocks at them. Of those, five or six rounds struck the former orchard worker, according to the investigative team looking into the incident....


Cops caught slapping, dragging suspects
Two South Florida law enforcement officers are under fire after witnesses used their cell phones to capture footage of them possibly mistreating people they were arresting....

Yoga guru accused of sex assault, rape
To his legions of fans, Bikram Choudhury has an almost other-world quality. The yoga guru inspires as he promises to heal body and mind....

Baby's body found in Northern California
Hours after a mother turned up without her baby, an infant's body found amid "rough terrain" in Northern California, authorities say....

Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 pearl Oscars dress stolen
The pearls?! The swine!...

Man survives terrifying bridge crash
A Boston driver was lucky to survive a horrifying crash off the upper deck of Interstate 93. CNN affiliate WCVB has the details....

World News
For Thursday, February 26, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Reuters: A Kuwaiti-born Londoner is ISIS executioner
A man with a British accent seen in ISIS beheading videos is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, Reuters reports, citing The Washington Post and BBC....

The names: This is who ISIS has recruited from the West
More than 20,000 foreigners have flocked to fight for ISIS, the radical Sunni group that controls portions of Iraq and Syria....

ISIS holds 262 Christians hostages in Syria
ISIS has seized even more Assyrian Christian hostages after taking over nearly a dozen Assyrian villages in northeastern Syria in the past few days, an activist said Thursday....

Militants destroy antiquities with sledgehammer
A video released by ISIS shows militants destroying troves of cultural artifacts at museum in Mosul, Iraq. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports....

Boko Haram + ISIS = Terror twins
For sheer cruelty, they are well matched. They also share an apocalyptic "end-of-days" vision. Now there are signs that Boko Haram -- the most feared group in West Africa -- may be edging toward a formal pledge of allegiance to ISIS....


What is ISIS' appeal for young people?
The case of three teenage British girls, who are believed to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS, has refocused attention on the Islamic extremist group's appeal to young people....

Turkey blames UK for missing girls
A top Turkish official is blaming British authorities for the disappearance of three teenage British girls suspected of traveling from London to Turkey with the goal of joining ISIS in neighboring Syria....

5 terror groups making vicious headlines
The United States has a list of 59 designated terror groups, but here are the five that have been making news this month. FULL STORY...

ISIS capital in Syria is 'like a big prison'
It's not hard to get into Raqqa. The problem, one prominent activist tells CNN, is getting out....

Argentine prosecutor's case against President dismissed
An Argentine judge has dismissed a criminal complaint accusing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and other top leaders of covering up Iran's involvement in a 1994 terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires....

For Thursday, February 26, 2015 (links are updated continually)

3 things you need to know for UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano
Andy Nesbitt breaks down the 3 things you need to know for UFC 184.

Report: Rajon Rondo 'extremely unlikely' to re-sign with Mavericks
Report: Rajon Rondo 'extremely unlikely' to re-sign with Mavericks

Jimmie Johnson voted most likely to win 2015 Sprint Cup championship
Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson beats Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano in poll.

'He's a great teammate': Angels express concern, offer support for Josh Hamilton
As the Angels await word from the MLB on the fate of Josh Hamilton, teammates expressed concern and offered support to the Halos' slugger.

Rob Gronkowski says he is not dating model Marisa Hunter
Gronk takes to Twitter to clarify his relationship status


Ben Bishop honors Tampa and Lightning with glow-in-dark mask
Ben Bishop honors Tampa and Lightning with a glow-in-the-dark mask designed by artist David Gunnarsson.

College hoops Power Rankings: Terps making presence known
College hoops Power Rankings: Terps making presence known

PHOTO: SMU reveals new helmet that just screams 'AMERICA'
PHOTO: SMU reveals new helmet that just screams 'AMERICA'

Stolen Corvette found after 42 years, but could go away again
A Georgia resident recently got a call from the cops to tell her that her missing Chevrolet Corvette had been found about 178 miles away, but the car might end up heading to auction first.

Ineligible former homeless Baylor RB admits 'misleading' compliance
Baylor running back Silas Nacita 'clarified' earlier statements about his eligibility on Thursday, admitting he had been 'misleading' and disregarded advice from BU compliance. 

For Thursday, February 26, 2015 (links are updated continually)

Rules to control crowds of swimmers, manatees in Florida springs
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Tourists may keep swimming this winter with endangered Florida manatees in cramped Three Sisters Springs under new rules announced by federal wildlife managers on Thursday to...

French bulldog joins ranks of most popular U.S. dogs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bat-eared, flat-faced French bulldog has earned a spot among the 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States for the first time in a century, the American Kennel Club...

Britain's Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations in mini-video
LONDON (Reuters) - The eminent but anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his banksy.co.uk site showing squalid conditions in Gaza six months after the end...

Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis tells president: Let me die
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A 14-year old Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis has asked to be allowed to die in a film she made pleading with President Michelle Bachelet to authorize her euthanasia.

German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Jewish community leader has advised Jews not to wear skullcaps in areas with a large Muslim population, a warning that underscores fears about growing anti-Semitism in...


Warnings about hospital sex crimes of UK star Savile ignored: official reports
LONDON (Reuters) - Warnings about Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV presenter revealed two years ago to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, who preyed on victims at hospitals where he...

Australian mining magnate's daughter wins $20 million from will
PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - An Australian court has awarded a A$25 million ($20 million) lump sum to Olivia Mead, the daughter of late mining billionaire Michael Wright, after she brought a case...

Shares of South Korean contraceptive makers surge after court scraps adultery ban
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's highest court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a decades-old law banning adultery, triggering a surge in shares of condom makers and morning-after...

North Carolina Senate passes opt-out measure for officials opposed to gay marriage
RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - The North Carolina state Senate voted on Wednesday to allow government officials to refuse to marry same-sex couples without fear of being fired, adding a new twist to the...

Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's once decimated gray wolf population has rebounded to at least 77 animals, and the wolves are now pairing off and breeding across a wide region, state officials...

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