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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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For Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Stetson University student dies after being found unresponsive on campus, police say
Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of 21-year-old Kaleb Walker.

Skydiver injured after 'hard landing' in DeLand, police said
A 24-year-old skydiver experienced a “hard landing” on Monday morning and was transported to the hospital, according to the DeLand Police Department.

Central Florida man, 19, arrested on 30 counts of child porn possession, deputies say
Wesley Faircloth, 19 of DeLand, was arrested Friday and booked into jail on 30 counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child, according to the Volusia Sheriff's Office.

WWII tugboat arrival in Central Florida delayed
A historic World War ll tugboat's arrival back home to Volusia County has been delayed.

DeLand man convicted after setting woman on fire, killing her at her home
A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison after he poured gasoline on a woman's car causing her to catch on fire, killing her back in 2017


Florida man who suffered heart attack at Walmart thanks DeLand first responders for saving his life
A Florida man stopped by the DeLand Fire Department Tuesday to meet and personally thank the first responders who saved his life, officials said.

DeLand’s historic Putnam Hotel faces demolition after being deemed 'unsalvageable'
Built a century ago in 1923, The Putnam Hotel was the original first purchase by Henry A. DeLand. Now in 2023, a year that would have been a monumental one for the century-old building, its era may be coming to an end.

Florida community comes together to bring home historic World War II tugboat
A World War II tugboat will soon be on display in Volusia County following a massive effort to get it home.

'I want your money:' Robbery suspect posed as power worker before Florida home invasion
A home invasion suspect posed as a Florida power worker before robbing an 87-year-old man at his home. Deputies are searching for the suspect.

‘Turn yourself in:’ Mom of 25-year-old Florida man killed in wrong-way crash wants justice
The mom of one of the victims of a triple deadly crash in Volusia County said her son was loved by everyone he met. 

US News
For Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Iowa amusement park permanently closes ride boy died on
Michael Jaramillo drowned on the Raging River ride at the Des Moines-area Adventureland Resort when the raft carrying his family flipped over.

Mass shooting suspect killed by police after stealing woman's car during chase
Detectives had hoped to bring Alex Greene in on an outstanding burglary warrant to talk to him about last month's shooting that hurt 11 people, a Florida police chief said.

How to watch Biden's 2023 State of the Union address
CBS News will air the State of the Union as a special report at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, anchored by "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell.

California's reparations task force close to finishing final proposal
Dawn Basciano's ancestors arrived five generations ago in the California Gold Rush town of Coloma as enslaved people. Basciano shares their story of gaining freedom and going on to purchase more than 400 acres of land in Coloma, and how the state of California seized all of it under eminent domain to build the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.

Judge allows admission of financial evidence in Murdaugh murder trial
The judge in Alex Murdaugh's double murder trial ruled to allow the state to present evidence of the now disbarred South Carolina attorney's alleged financial crimes. The decision came after days of testimony from witnesses who were heard without the jury present as Judge Clifton Newman weighed the evidence, for which Murdaugh faces 99 charges separate from the murder case. Nikki Battiste reports.


Milwaukee cop fatally shot in struggle with robbery suspect, police say
The 37-year-old officer was struck by gunfire while pursuing the suspect early on Tuesday morning.

Some of the notable guests coming to Biden's State of the Union address
The White House announced Tuesday who will be joining first lady Dr. Jill Biden in her viewing box.

Authorities successfully release toxic chemicals from derailed train in Ohio
Authorities in East Palestine, Ohio, successfully conducted a controlled release of toxic chemicals in several derailed train cars. Roxanna Saberi reports.

FBI arrests 2 in plot to attack Baltimore power grid
Authorities arrested two suspects in connection with an alleged plot to attack Baltimore's power grid, officials said Monday. Catherine Herridge reports.

World News
For Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Turkey-Syria earthquakes death toll passes 5,000
Tens of thousands more were injured, and rescuers were still racing to find survivors under the rubble of thousands of collapsed buildings.

Christian Atsu rescued from rubble after Turkey earthquakes
The 31-year-old winger, who was "successfully rescued" on Tuesday, is receiving treatment.

Newborn saved after mother gives birth and dies under earthquake rubble
Syria, which has endured 12 years of brutal civil war, is facing particular difficulty after Monday's devastating earthquake.

Mother vanishes "into thin air" after dropping daughters off at school
Family and friends of Nicola Bulley, 45, have questioned the police theory that she fell into the river in a tragic accident.

Earthquake kills thousands in Turkey and Syria
A powerful earthquake killed thousands in Turkey and Syria and the death toll is expected to rise. Rescue workers are digging through the rubble in search of survivors amid the risk of more buildings collapsing. Chris Livesay has the latest.


Navy and Coast Guard recover China spy balloon debris
The Biden administration is defending its decision to wait to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon after facing criticism from Republicans and China. The balloon flew over or near four military sites before it was shot down. The U.S. military is now recovering debris from the incident. Weijia Jiang reports.

Wagner Group mercenary details Russian war tactics
Russia has been relying on mercenary soldiers from the notorious Wagner Group to help fight the war in Ukraine. Debora Patta spoke with a captured Wagner mercenary about the group's tactics.

SpaceX launches Spanish communications station
The satellite will serve the Americas, Greenland and Atlantic Ocean air and sea lanes.

Thousands killed as huge earthquake and aftershocks hit Turkey and Syria
Frantic search efforts were still underway in both countries, with an untold number of people still trapped in rubble.

U.S. military seeks to recover debris from Chinese spy balloon
The Pentagon assesses that the balloon was up to 200 feet tall and generated a sizable debris field after its destruction.

For Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (links are updated continually)


For Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (links are updated continually)

#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

Breuninger launches an Online Shop for the Czech Republic
International Expansion of the Online Business STUTTGART, September, 29, 2022 - Breuninger is expanding its online segment internationally and tapping into a new market with the launch of Breuninger.com today in the Czech Republic. The fashion and lifestyle company Breuninger is introducing a new online shop for the Czech market. After launching in Poland one year ago, Breuninger has since expanded its online business to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and Italy. "As a leading... Source: RealWire

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