141st Year
Thursday, September 21, 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 Thursday, September 21, 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 Thursday, September 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


The US mainland is not out of the woods yet
As Hurricane Maria lashed the Dominican Republic after a destructive rampage in Puerto Rico and Dominica, the US mainland should not breathe a sigh of relief....

Deadly storm leaves Puerto Rico without electricity, possibly for months, governor says
Hurricane Maria regained strength Thursday morning as it continued to ravage the Caribbean, with the Turks and Caicos islands next in its cross-hairs....

In pictures: Hurricane Maria pummels Puerto Rico
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The drive that shows how badly Puerto Rico was hit
Fallen power lines, flooding, debris ... obstacles litter roads in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island....

Track the storm: Follow Maria's path
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Navy worker flips off newborn
Two employees at Naval Hospital Jacksonville have been removed from patient care duties after images of them mistreating babies went viral....

The 1 big reason health care bill could pass
When it comes to the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, there is one thing Republicans agree on right now: It's their last shot to repeal and replace Obamacare....

Ninth death confirmed after Florida nursing home left without A/C
A ninth victim has died after a Florida nursing home failed to evacuate its residents, who suffered for days in oppressive heat with no air conditioning, after Hurricane Irma, according to the Hollywood Police Department....

The most common pre-existing medical conditions
By the numbers, it looks like Americans are one unhealthy nation and could therefore have a lot to lose, depending on how the health care debate concludes....

How not to run for president (while probably running for president)
Although Donald Trump has already launched is re-election campaign, only one Democrat so far -- Maryland Rep. John Delaney -- has thrown his hat in the 2020 ring. The vast majority of presidential prospects have remained coy about their plans -- but few have explicitly ruled out a White House bid....

World News
For Thursday, September 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


In a collapsed Mexico school, a community digs for signs of life
When the Enrique Rebsamen School fell, it did not do so lightly. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted the region on Tuesday caused part of the building to fold in on itself, sandwiching and collapsing, classroom onto classroom....

2 quakes in a month: How did it happen?
For the second time in two weeks, a powerful earthquake struck Mexico, toppling buildings, cracking highways and killing hundreds of people....

Photos show quake's destruction in Mexico
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Thousands flee as buildings sway
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla leveling buildings as far away as the capital, about 75 miles away. CNN's Brian Todd reports....

Opinion: Why Mexico City is so vulnerable to quakes
Another deadly earthquake struck deep under Mexico....

 

US to provide $32M in aid to Rohingya fleeing Myanmar
The US will provide a humanitarian aid package worth nearly $32 million to Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakine State in recent weeks, the State Department announced Wednesday during the United Nations General Assembly in New York....

In a rare moment, Macron talks about his marriage
French President Emmanuel Macron rejected any military solution to the North Korean crisis Tuesday in an exclusive interview Tuesday with CNN. But he also talked about love....

Catalan President blasts Madrid for 'illegal' referendum raids
The Catalan President has accused the Spanish government of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" after national police arrested several senior regional officials in an effort to halt a disputed independence referendum....

Kenya Supreme Court: 'No choice but to accept' opposition hacking claims
Kenya's highest court laid out its reasons for annulling last month's presidential election on Wednesday, condemning the country's voting authority for failing to give the court full access to its computer servers....

'Rapid intensification' fuels major Atlantic hurricanes
It usually takes several days to a week for a tropical storm to grow into a hurricane. But if conditions are just right, a powerful major hurricane can develop in just hours....

Sports
For Thursday, September 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Is Dak Prescott really just a game manager? Nick thinks otherwise
Nick Wright explains why he thinks Dak Prescott is more than a game manager.

Nick points out why Zeke gave up on the play: He's not used to losing
Nick Wright talks about the amount of success Ezekiel Elliott has had in his career and how it affects his attitude in the NFL.

Nick is still picking KD to win season MVP this year, despite all of the off-court antics
Nick Wright talks about Kevin Durant's off-court antics and why they won't be enough to knock the Warriors out of title contention.

Strycova advances to quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) Barbora Strycova advanced to the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating fourth-seeded Jo Konta 7-5, 7-6 (5) Thursday.

'Dries Armando Mertens': Napoli goal recalls Maradona feat
ROME (AP) It was a goal that brought back memories of Diego Armando Maradona.

 

Cris Carter explains why Tom Brady is right to be concerned about facing the Texans
Tom Brady recently said the Texans have more than enough talent to make him concerned, but is he really telling the truth? Cris Carter explains to Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe why he may have been right.

West Indies wins toss, bowls 1st in 2nd ODI against England
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first in the second one-day international against England at Trent Bridge.

French challenger Lappartient takes over as UCI president
BERGEN, Norway (AP) French official David Lappartient has beaten British incumbent Brian Cookson in a vote to become president of the International Cycling Union.

NEXT ONE? Hoops phenom at 13 has college offer, NBA height
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Emoni Bates walks out a front door of Clague Middle School with just inches to spare.

Hoffenheim forward Uth puts himself in World Cup contention
BERLIN (AP) The way he has been playing so far, Hoffenheim forward Mark Uth could end up at the World Cup for Germany.

Lifestyle
For Thursday, September 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Yoko Ono won't let it be, forces 'John Lemon' drink to re-brand
LONDON (Reuters) - It wasn't exactly instant karma when Beatle John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, heard about a Polish beverage company's new drink called "John Lemon".

Nigerian fashion magazine stirs debate about men in skirts
LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerians who say a new online fashion magazine promotes homosexuality by featuring men wearing makeup or clad only in miniskirts have misunderstood its agenda, according to its...

Tommy Hilfiger closes out London Fashion Week with 'rock circus' show
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. designer Tommy Hilfiger closed out London Fashion Week with a rock-themed show held at a venue famous for classic rock concerts, featuring model and social media star Gigi...

Fashion doesn't need to kill animals: British designer MacDonald
LONDON (Reuters) - British fashion designer Julien MacDonald has apologized for using fur in his past collections - raising a hot topic that returned to rock London Fashion Week.

Diverse shapes, sizes, colors dominate Emmys red carpet
(Reuters) - The Emmy awards red carpet challenged the traditional ideals of Hollywood beauty on Sunday with diversity in race, body shape and sexual identity reinventing television's biggest runway.

 

Brexit looms over London catwalk as overseas brands take spotlight
LONDON (Reuters) - London kicked off fashion week on Friday to pleas from the local fashion industry to protect the city's international outlook as uncertainty about Britain's impending departure...

Japan restaurant highlights dementia awareness
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) - Diners have no complaints about the service at a pop-up restaurant in central Tokyo, where the 17 waiters and waitresses all suffer from dementia.

Koala survives 16 km drive trapped under 4WD
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A koala survived a 16-kilometre (10-mile) road trip in Australia clinging to the axle of a four wheel drive vehicle, before the driver stopped and heard the cries of the...

Somali book fair offers respite from bombs
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Long associated with pirates, famine and bombs, Somalia showed a different face to the world this week as it welcomed foreign writers for the first time to its annual book fair.

Young Muscovite group risks life and limb to scale tall buildings
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A handful of young Muscovites spend their spare time braving the risk of arrest, injury and even death to scale tall buildings. Their motivation is simple: to feel more alive.


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