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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 Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (links are updated continually)

DeLand resident shoots 2 of 4 men charged in armed home invasion: police
Four men have been charged with armed home invasion robbery following a Wednesday afternoon incident that resulted in two of the suspects being shot by their intended target, investigators said.

Woman arrested on animal cruelty charges after neglected animals rescued in DeLand, deputies say
A Florida woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities said they rescued neglected animals from her residence in DeLand.

Pilot, 75, injured after small plane crash in DeLand: officials
A small plane crashed in a field in DeLand on Thursday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

1 person killed in DeLand house fire, officials say
One person died after a fire ripped through a DeLand home Friday night, officials said.

Quest for answers continues 30 years after Laralee Spear's death
The quest for answers in the tragic death of Laralee Spear, a Central Florida teenager, remains as urgent today as it was three decades ago.


Volusia County woman charged for shooting death of her child's father in the middle of street: Deputies
A DeLand woman is accused of shooting and killing the father of her child in the middle of the street back in December 2022, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Florida bus driver's alleged pepper spray revenge plot causes hotel evacuation, arrest
A Florida bus driver found himself behind bars after he allegedly sprayed pepper spray all over a hotel hallway in hopes of irritating the guest above him who he said was making too much noise.

Brazilian skydiver killed after midair collision in Florida, officials say
One skydiver was killed and another hurt after colliding with each other Monday afternoon in Florida, officials said.

Florida K-9 named ‘Midnight’ helps find missing toddler in DeLand woods
The DeLand Police Department used the help of a K-9 named Midnight to find a three-year-old who went missing on Friday.

Man arrested accused of firing shot into downtown DeLand business
A man from Miami was arrested Friday for allegedly shooting into a downtown DeLand business, according to police.

US News
For Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (links are updated continually)

Willie Mays, one of baseball's all-time greats, dies at age 93
Mays was a 24-time All-Star and his iconic over-the-shoulder catch is still considered one of the greatest in the history of the game.

Bob Menendez buoyed by testimony of prosecutor, former adviser in bribery trial
Prosecutors tried to link the alleged bribes to the appointment of Philip Sellinger, New Jersey's U.S. attorney.

Biden unveils new program offering legal status to 500,000 immigrants
The program will offer legal status and a streamlined path to U.S. residency and citizenship to roughly half a million unauthorized immigrants who are married to American citizens.

"Lawful, but awful": Harassment of local officials on the rise
Beth Smith was surprised by the vitriol and toxicity she's faced since she joined the Washoe County School Board.

Biden announces executive action protecting undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens
President Biden on Tuesday issued an executive action that will offer a pathway to citizenship to roughly 500,000 undocumented immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens and have been in the country for at least 10 years. Under the program, their undocumented children will also be eligible for legal status. Lilia Luciano has more.


Boeing CEO testifies on Capitol Hill
Boeing CEO David Calhoun testified before a Senate committee Tuesday, where he faced scathing criticism from lawmakers over the company's safety record. Calhoun started his remarks by facing and apologizing to the families of victims who died in the two 737 Max crashes. Calhoun's testimony came hours after a new whistleblower complaint emerged. Kris Van Cleave has details.

Fast-spreading wildfires force evacuation of New Mexico town
Two wildfires that have scorched about 19,000 acres in less than 24 hours forced the evacuation of the New Mexico mountain town of Ruidoso. The urgent evacuation led to a traffic jam as people fled on the main road out. So far, an estimated 500 structures have been damaged in the wildfires. Omar Villafranca has the latest.

Temperatures soar across Northeast
As a heat dome brings dangerous temperatures to the Northeast, 911 switchboards across Massachusetts were temporarily disrupted by a statewide outage Tuesday, while New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a heat emergency, activating the National Guard in at least two cities to assist. Nikki Battiste reports.

At least 10 injured in Syracuse house collapse
Firefighters arrived on scene to find "power lines down and the dangerous odor of gas," the local fire chief said.

World News
For Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (links are updated continually)

Putin visits North Korea, and other top headlines
Here are some of the top headlines of Tuesday, including Russian President Vladimir Putin's first visit to North Korea in almost a quarter-century, Israel pledges "tactical pauses" in parts of Gaza to allow more humanitarian aid to get in, and Justin Timberlake's arrest on drunken driving charges in Long Island. Elizabeth Palmer, Chris Livesay and Jenna DeAngelis report.

More than 300 Egyptian pilgrims die during Hajj from heat, diplomats say
At least 323 Egyptian and 60 Jordanian pilgrims died during the Hajj pilgrimage​ in western Saudi Arabia, most of them succumbing to heat-related illnesses, diplomats told AFP on Tuesday.

U.S. halts avocado inspections in Mexican state after USDA workers attacked
The workers with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service were attacked while carrying out their work inspecting avocados, the U.S. ambassador said.

New Zealand rugby star Connor Garden-Bachop dies at 25
Connor Garden-Bachop played representative rugby for the Maori All Blacks and comes from a family of New Zealand internationals.

What to know about the deadly bacterial infection spreading in Japan
A potentially deadly bacterial infection called streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, or STSS, is spreading in Japan, prompting questions about what causes it and how to prevent it.


Ralph Lauren unveils Team USA uniforms for 2024 Paris Olympics
For the last 16 years, Ralph Lauren has been the official outfitter of Team USA for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Here's what they came up with for 2024.

French soccer star Kylian Mbappé breaks nose in UEFA championship match
Doctors say France's Kylian Mbappé won't need surgery on his broken nose right away, but if he returns to play in the tournament, it will be in a mask.

Russian President Vladimir Putin set to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un
For the first time in 24 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit North Korea. He's set to meet with Kim Jong Un on the two-day trip. Putin is also expected to meet with North Korea's ministers of foreign affairs, defense, transport and the head of the space agency.

16 fallen U.S. soldiers from World War II, Korean War accounted for
A number of the soldiers died as prisoners of war. Others were reported missing and their remains deemed unrecoverable until now.

American tourist among the missing in Greece amid dangerous heat wave
Albert Calibet, a former Los Angeles sheriff's deputy, disappeared a week ago while on a hike in Greece. He's one of several tourists who have vanished or died on Greek Islands during dangerous heat. Greece has been experiencing intense temperatures, reaching more than 104 degrees earlier this month.

For Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (links are updated continually)

For Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (links are updated continually)

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