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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, June 8, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Florida mom charged for child abuse, torture, month after telling deputies her boyfriend abused her son
Nearly a month after reporting that her boyfriend was abusing her son, a woman is now facing dozens of charges for brutally abusing and torturing her son, deputies said. 

Construction starts on new SunRail station
Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on a new SunRail train station in DeLand. That station is expected to be completed in 2024.

Multi-vehicle crash in DeLand closes I-4
Westbound lanes of Interstate 4 reopened late Thursday night after being closed for several hours due to six different crashes involving 15 vehicles. In total, five people were transported to area hospitals. Witnesses told troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol that it was raining during the time of the crashes. The sequence of events that led to these crashes is still under investigation, troopers said.

Florida man arrested for beating girlfriend's son with mop, fracturing his skull: Deputies
A DeLand man is facing several charges after his girlfriend saw him abusing her son on a camera in the house shortly after she left for a doctor's appointment, deputies said. 

John Brown in Your Town: DeLand growth
DeLand is a Central Florida community that is having great success in attracting young residents


Florida residents see some progress on giant hole in backyard, still seek answers
People in a Deland community are starting to see some results after FOX 35's story on a massive hole in their backyards creeping closer to their homes. But they say they still want more answers.

Neighbors frustrated with massive hole alleged to be caused by poorly built drainage system
Residents in a DeLand, Florida neighborhood are desperate for answers as a massive, erosion-caused hole slowly creeps toward their homes. The washout is the result of a poorly built drainage system.

Volusia County considering options for implementing 'Stupid Motorist Law'
Volusia County Council members voted Tuesday to direct staff to go back to the drawing board as talks continue about possibly implementing a law that would target drivers who require rescue after going around barricades and into floodwater.

DeLand neighborhood watches large washout expand, creeping closer to homes
People in a Deland neighborhood are watching the land behind their homes get washed away.

DeLand woman arrested for setting her own house on fire
A DeLand woman was arrested for intentionally setting her own house on fire.

US News
For Thursday, June 8, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Hazardous air quality from Canadian wildfires affecting millions of Americans
Parts of the Northeast, including New York City, were engulfed in an orange haze Wednesday due to wildfires burning in Canada. Health officials have advised people to wear masks to protect themselves from the blanket of harmful smoke. Lilia Luciano reports.

Trump informed he's target of criminal probe by prosecutors investigating classified documents case
Former President Trump's legal team has been informed he is a target of the federal investigation into possible mishandling of classified information, a step prosecutors would take before handing down an indictment. A Trump aide testified before a grand jury in Miami on Wednesday, indicating possible criminal charges could be filed in Florida. CBS News' senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

Florida woman accused of fatally shooting neighbor through front door to appear in court
Susan Lorincz is expected to have her first court hearing Thursday. She is facing manslaughter charges for allegedly shooting her neighbor Ajike "AJ" Owens through her front door in Ocala, Florida. Mark Strassmann reports.

Pence enters 2024 presidential race in Iowa, taking aim at Trump
Former Vice President Mike Pence announced his 2024 campaign in Iowa, hoping to win over the state's evangelical conservative voters. He wasted no time taking aim at his former boss, Republican frontrunner and former President Donald Trump. CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa reports from Des Moines, Iowa.

Pat Robertson, broadcaster who helped make religion central to GOP politics, dies
Pat Robertson turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network.


Haze could hang around Northeast and beyond for days, experts warn
One cardiovascular specialist cautions that breathing the air laden with smoke from the Quebec and Nova Scotia wildfires is "probably worse than smoking a cigarette" in some places.

Former Trump attorney thinks Trump could be indicted in Florida
Parlatore thinks a charging decision could come within weeks, and he says Trump's legal team has a plan to respond.

Man dubbed "Zombie Hunter" sentenced to death for 1990s murders
Angela Brosso and Melanie Bernas both disappeared while riding their bicycles along the Arizona Canal, according to authorities.

Biden administration announces new LGBTQ protections
The Biden administration announced several new protections for LGBTQ families and transgender children ahead of White House Pride event.

World News
For Thursday, June 8, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Pope working from hospital as he recovers from successful surgery
The surgeon who operated on Francis to treat a painful abdominal hernia said the 86-year-old pope was likely to remain hospitalized for at least five days.

5 reportedly dead as Ukraine dam attack continues flooding region
Ukraine's president has called for an international rescue operation amid concern for civilians in flooded Russian-occupied parts of Kherson.

Children wounded in stabbing attack in French Alps town
A senior government official said the suspect was in custody after the mass-stabbing incident in the French Alps town of Annecy.

Pope Francis to undergo intestinal surgery
Pope Francis is expected to undergo intestinal surgery. The 86-year-old will recover at Rome's Gemelli Hospital for several days. CBS News foreign correspondent Chris Livesay has more from Rome.

Pope Francis hospitalized for intestinal surgery
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis is being hospitalized for the second time this year. This time, it's for intestinal surgery. The 86-year-old pontiff was expected to be put under general anesthesia and remain in the hospital for several days. Chris Livesay reports.


Thousands displaced after dam is destroyed in Ukraine
Thousands have been displaced because of flooding caused by the destruction of a dam in Ukraine. Both Russian and Ukrainian officials are blaming the other side. Debora Patta has more.

Pope Francis undergoes second intestinal surgery in two years
The Vatican said the 86-year-old pontiff was in surgery for about three hours Wednesday and there were no complications.

Pope Francis recovering from hernia operation
Pope Francis is recovering after undergoing surgery for a hernia. The 86-year-old was in surgery for about three hours Wednesday.

Health impacts of exercising in bad air quality
As cities in the Northeast U.S. reach and even surpass "unhealthy" levels of air pollution, officials are urging people to avoid outside activities. Here's what to know about exercising when air quality is bad.

What's behind the Canadian wildfires blanketing the East Coast in smoke?
Canada is on track to have its most destructive wildfire season in history — and climate change has set the stage.

For Thursday, June 8, 2023 (links are updated continually)


For Thursday, June 8, 2023 (links are updated continually)

H&H Group delivers revenue growth across all three business segments for 2022 and expects positive outlook for 2023
• Reported revenue growth of 10.6% with revenue of RMB12,775.9 million and adjusted EBITDA growth of 6.5% despite significant headwinds • Baby Nutrition and Care segment returned to growth (+1.1% on a like-for-like basis), turnaround of the probiotics business and stabilising the infant milk formula (IMF) business in mainland China • Adult Nutrition and Care segment achieved robust growth of 12.5%, with Swisse continuing to be the no.1 player in mainland China’s online VHMS market... Source: RealWire

#Thankyou: NPO One Life launches the first Vienna International Pride Awards
Austrian NPO One Life launches the Vienna International Pride Awards It is the first global event and campaign to recognize LGBTIQ+ equality change makers #ThankYou campaign leading to the Awards kicks off on International Thank You Day It's time to say “Thank You”: on International Thank You Day - January 11, 2023, Vienna-based NPO, One Life, announces the launch of the Vienna International Pride Awards, a new annual campaign and event to thank and recognize... Source: RealWire

Allianz publishes manual to encourage more inclusive film productions
Munich, December 2nd, 2022 Ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, Allianz has published a manual to help organizations understand how to create inclusive productions and drive accessibility in the media space. The manual contains learnings from the ‘Day 1 Done #MoveNow’ project and also includes behind the scenes documentation of their MoveNow Training Series. Having partnered with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since 2006, the introduction of the MoveNow... Source: RealWire

Inflation hits Cyber Weekend 2022 as the average selling price of North American goods rises 8.5% causing unit sales to slip -9.3% year-over-year
Despite a dip in unit sales, NA retailers’ overall dollar sales rose 14.7% (vs global sales +8.9%) and average order value 10.6% (vs global AOV 6.2%), leading to a healthy weekend performance, despite consumer spending constraints amid high inflation New York, December 1, 2022—Nosto, the leading Commerce Experience Platform (CXP), has released its annual Black Friday Cyber Monday (BFCM) 2022 data. Analyzing more than 107 million website visits to 1,269 online stores during the BFCM... Source: RealWire

H&H Group achieves 13.4% total revenue increase on a reported basis for the nine months to 30 September 2022, boosted by a strong third quarter
Baby Nutrition & Care business saw strong recovery in the third quarter and the Group saw positive growth in mainland China, Australia & New Zealand and North America markets Wednesday, 16 November 2022. Leading global health and wellness company H&H Group has announced its unaudited operational statistics for the nine months ending 30 September 2022. The Group reported a positive overall result with its total revenue increasing by 13.4% year-on-year on a reported basis (7.8%... Source: RealWire


Allianz creates inclusive Training Series for young people with disabilities
Together with the International Paralympic Committee, the Training Series aims to encourage young people with disabilities to get involved in sports Inclusive training videos and workout plans by and with Paralympians offer a new accessible opportunity The Training Series is the latest of 24 initiatives from the insurer’s MoveNow program looking to move people of the next generation Munich, November 15th 2022. Together with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Allianz has developed an inclusive training... Source: RealWire

Climate Action Awareness Report 2022: Consumers are ready to take climate action and seek more transparency from company initiatives
Report unveils climate action readiness of almost 10,000 consumers in 10 countries Majority expect companies to take responsibility for the climate and are also willing to change their consumption habits Climate-friendly labels are key decision aids for consumption Munich, 18 October 2022. Climate action continues to be very important to consumers, despite current economic and political uncertainties. For 75%, climate change is still a high or top priority. Around 60% want to make their purchases... Source: RealWire

Tapestry's Strategy to Increase Equity and Diversity at All Employee Levels
By BOF STUDIO Originally Published by Business of Fashion The parent company of Coach, Kate Spade New York and Stuart Weitzman seeks to expand diversity within its leadership teams and tackle gender and racial inequality in the workplace within its 2025 goals. BoF finds out more. Increased awareness around discrimination and bias in fashion in recent years has revealed a critical need for sustained diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work in businesses, from both a... Source: RealWire

Ralph Lauren's Pink Pony Initiative Marks 22 Years in the Fight Against Cancer
“When someone we love has cancer, we are all affected—husbands, wives, mothers and fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. This is our effort in the fight against cancer.” — Ralph Lauren NEW YORK – For more than two decades, Ralph Lauren has been a leader in the fight against cancer. The Pink Pony Initiative, the Company’s global philanthropic program dedicated to cancer care and prevention, supports programs for research, screenings, early diagnosis, treatment, education and patient... Source: RealWire

New Research: 61% of Fashion Shoppers Put Price Above Sustainability as Living Costs Rise
Consumers want online fashion retailers to address sustainability by offering slower deliveries, enabling apparel repairs and reducing product returns NEW YORK and LONDON (October 4, 2022) - New research suggests that 57%[1] of consumers want fashion to be more sustainable. But with living costs rising, 61% will prioritize price over sustainability when shopping for fashion. 55% agree that sustainable fashion is often too expensive. The findings come from a survey of just over 2,000 US... Source: RealWire

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