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Monday, December 11, 2017
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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 Monday, December 11, 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 Monday, December 11, 2017 (links are updated continually)

Attempted NYC terrorist attack: 3 hurt, 1 in custody

Mayor: Explosion was attempted terror atttack
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the explosion in the New York Port Authority bus terminal was a terror-related attack....

Witness: Dozens of ambulances in the area
CNN's David Foote describes the scene following an explosion at the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City....

Explosion near Port Authority bus terminal
Police are responding to an explosion at the New York Port Authority bus terminal....

How to watch the Alabama special election results
The hotly contested race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones will come to a close Tuesday when Alabama voters go to the polls for the special Senate election....


Alabama Senate readers' guide: What to watch for and when

Democratic congresswomen call for Trump investigation
A group of Democratic congresswomen is calling Monday on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, adding to a growing drumbeat of voices drawing fresh attention to accusations leveled against the President by numerous women....

Sen. Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that President Trump should resign amid numerous 'heart-breaking' sexual harassment allegations....

Trump to send astronauts back to the moon -- and eventually Mars
President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts where no man has gone before....

Sony unleashes the cuteness with new robot dog

World News
For Monday, December 11, 2017 (links are updated continually)

Putin orders partial troop withdrawal from Syria

US concerned Russian aircraft could spark clash over Syria

Iraq is 'fully liberated' from ISIS, its military says

Pentagon: US committed to Syria until ISIS areas stabilized

Russia's power play in North Korea aimed at China and US


The world's greenest cruise ship will have sails

Volkswagen used to love diesel. Not anymore

Bitcoin jumps after futures trading begins

Global arms sales rise for first time in 5 years

Black market in China is killing off rare porpoise

For Monday, December 11, 2017 (links are updated continually)

Colts are thawing out after another close loss
The Indianapolis Colts are trying to turn the page on another befuddling loss.

Halak, Islanders end skid with win over Caps
NEW YORK (AP) Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves after getting a vote of confidence from his coach, and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Monday night to snap a three-game winless streak.

Perreault scores 2, Jets end skid with 5-1 win over Canucks (Dec 11, 2017)
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Mathieu Perreault scored two goals and added an assist to help the Winnipeg Jets halt a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

Dragic scores 19 as Heat rout Grizzlies 107-82 (Dec 11, 2017)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Goran Dragic scored 19 points, and the Miami Heat pulled away from the lowly Memphis Grizzlies for a 107-82 victory on Monday night.

DePaul takes care of business against Alabama A&M 83-60
Max Strus leads DePaul with 14 points as they beat Alabama A&M 83-60.


Erik Spoelstra happy with how Heat defended in 2nd half
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra breaks down Monday's road victory over the Grizzlies, saying the team's improvement on defense in the second is something they have been looking for.

Hornets LIVE To GO: Hornets get second road win with win over Thunder
Hornets 116 Thunder 103

Vincent Trocheck liked how Panthers stepped up in 2nd, 3rd periods
Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck says the team was a little soft in the first period Monday night but showed a good intensity in the second and third periods in the OT win over the Red Wings.

Ken Hitchcock on special teams, Stars OT win over Rangers
Ken Hitchcock discusses the impact that special teams had in the Dallas Stars overtime victory in New York.

Jason Spezza on confidence in OT win over New York
Jason Spezza talks about the Dallas Stars confidence as they pull away with the overtime win on the road in New York.

For Monday, December 11, 2017 (links are updated continually)

UK Princes William and Harry announce sculptor for new Diana statue
LONDON (Reuters) - A sculptor who produced the image of Queen Elizabeth used on Britain's coins has been chosen to create a new statue of Princess Diana, the office of Princes William and Harry said...

Egypt reveals artifacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor
LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artifacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in...

Russia's delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin's tolerance for what...

High prices for haute cuisine in France this Christmas
RUNGIS, France (Reuters) - If you're holidaying in France this festive season, you'll have to pay more for delicacies like foie gras and snails after a turbulent year for agricultural production that...

Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New-York based Christie's auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a...


Breast milk and soot mark Turkey's fading beauty
KIZILTEPPE, Turkey (Reuters) - When Ayse Yusufoglu was a girl, she and her friends in southeast Turkey tried to win the hearts of young men in their village using breast milk and soot.

Bosnian museum of wartime childhood aims to go global, wins top prize
SARAJEVO (Reuters) - In just a year, a small Bosnian museum dedicated to the experience of growing up during the Balkan wars has opened its doors, won a best European museum prize and decided to go...

Louvre Abu Dhabi to display Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi'
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The new branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi will exhibit Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, 'Salvator Mundi', which at $450.3 million became the most expensive painting ever...

'SUPERPUTIN' exhibition gives Russian leader a pop-art make over
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus - it's not his latest series of publicity photos, but...

Pope wants better translation of phrase on temptation in 'Our Father' prayer
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase "lead us not into temptation" in the "Our Father", the best known prayer in...

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