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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 Sunday, September 24, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Central Florida teen becomes No. 1 beginner horse rider in the country: 'I’m excited to just keep excelling'
A 13-year-old girl from Central Florida is number one in the country for horse riding.

DeLand police captain fired after allegedly using racial, homophobic slurs on the job
A captain with the DeLand Police Department has been fired after he was accused of making racist, sexist, and homophobic comments to other officers. The city released a report on Tuesday that details those allegations.

DeLand Middle School student arrested after gun found inside backpack, police say
A Florida middle school student has been arrested after officials said the student brought a gun onto campus.

Man shot, killed by law enforcement in DeLand had lengthy criminal record, sheriff says
A man was shot and killed by law enforcement officers during an altercation in DeLand on Friday afternoon.

Detectives investigating pair of DeLand shootings on same street after teen injured
Volusia County detectives said two shootings happened on the same street in DeLand just days a part. One left a teen injured and the other left a home and car riddled with bullets.


Florida veteran who had to leave apartment due to rent hike trying to avoid homelessness
A U.S. Air Force veteran is on the verge of homelessness after the rent at his longtime Central Florida apartment was raised higher than his price range.

Florida man arrested for animal cruelty after dead puppy, 5 malnourished dogs found at home: police
A Florida man was arrested after a 9-month-old puppy was found dead in a home with five other malnourished dogs, police said.

DeLand shooting: Teen arrested for shooting man in head inside vehicle, police say
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to a shooting Monday night in DeLand after he allegedly fired gunshots into a vehicle, shooting a man in the head.

Resident, DeLand police officer hospitalized after house fire
A police officer responding to an overnight house fire in DeLand was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation, according to police. He has since been treated and released.

DeLand residents still waiting for answers after massive, giant hole opens behind their homes
People in a Deland community are still waiting for answers after a giant hole opened up behind their homes.

US News
For Sunday, September 24, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Woman's body found in jaws of Florida alligator
The 13-foot alligator was "humanely killed," and the victim's remains were recovered by a dive team from a canal, authorities said.

Nick Cave speaks candidly about how his art helped him through grief
In his book, “Faith, Hope and Carnage,” singer-songwriter Nick Cave speaks candidly about dealing with his grief after his son died suddenly in 2015. He tells Anthony Mason how his album, “Ghosteen,” was inspired by his son’s spirit and how an unexpected connection with his fans saved his life.

DeSantis pre-debate memo criticizes Trump, is dismissive of other rivals
The memo, first obtained by CBS News, argues the "fundamentals" of the race haven't changed.

Rep. Andy Kim to challenge Robert Menendez for Senate seat
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife were indicted Friday, accused of accepting lavish bribes in exchange for official acts.

Author Ken Follett discusses final book in "Kingsbridge" series
Ken Follett's "Kingsbridge" series started with "Pillars of Earth" and is now coming to an end. The author has sold over 170 million books worldwide and is known for his detailed, well-researched historical fiction. Jeff Glor reports in the first-ever broadcast interview from inside Follett's home.


Tickets from the show Abraham Lincoln was watching when shot are being auctioned
Ticket prices are rising everywhere, but the two tickets being auctioned off this afternoon will likely dwarf them all. The tickets are for the performance that Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth in 1865 in Washington, D.C., and bids are already in the five figures. Scott MacFarlane has more.

Local Florida artists paint murals remembering Hurricane Ian victims
Two Florida women — including one who had to be airlifted from Sanibel Island — are commemorating Hurricane Ian with murals remembering the victims and offering hope for the future. Manuel Bojorquez, who reported on the area after the storm hit, has more.

Family of Black student suspended for hairstyle sues Texas officials
The family of Darryl George filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Saturday against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton over his ongoing suspension by his school district for his hairstyle.

Federal government braces for looming shutdown
The federal government is preparing for a shutdown spurred by Republican hardliners in Congress. On Friday, President Biden criticized members of Congress for going home for the weekend. Christina Ruffini is at the White House with more.

World News
For Sunday, September 24, 2023 (links are updated continually)

Apple workers go on strike in France right as the iPhone 15 hits stores
Some 200 workers from Apple stores across France joined picket lines, vying for sidewalk space with customers eager to get the new iPhone 15.

Ukrainian forces launch second missile strike on Crimea's Sevastopol
Sevastopol serves as the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

Blinken: U.S. expects "accountability" from India amid tensions with Canada
The tension between both countries has been escalating since Trudeau accused​ the Indian government of being involved in the shooting death of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Car bombing at Somali checkpoint kills at least 15, officials say
An explosives-laden vehicle has detonated at a security checkpoint in the central Somalia city of Beledweyne.

Taiwan factory fire kills at least 5 and injures 100 others
Three firefighters were among the dead, authorities said, after the blaze and explosions that began on Friday at a golf ball factory in Pingtung county in southern Taiwan.


Samples from the Bennu asteroid set to land in Utah Sunday
A capsule carrying rock and dust samples collected from the asteroid Bennu is scheduled to land in the Utah desert Sunday morning. The samples are being deposited by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which after releasing the capsule will depart for a trip to the asteroid Apophis, which it is expected to reach in 2029.

iPhone 15 demand beats expectations, as fans worldwide line up to buy
Consumers are snatching up the iPhone 15 as they look to swap their old devices for something newer and more powerful, analysts said.

"60 Minutes" visits Ukraine to track weapons and financial aid the U.S. provided
In a "60 Minutes" preview, Holly Williams visits Ukraine to track the weapons and financial aid the U.S. has provided the country.

$41 million worth of cocaine found on "suspicious" boat in Colombia
The boat was manned by three people and had over one ton of cocaine on board.

Nearly 400 primate skulls headed for U.S. seized in France: "Staggering"
More than 392 packages filled with primate skulls and other remains were found over the course of several months at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

For Sunday, September 24, 2023 (links are updated continually)

For Sunday, September 24, 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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