141st Year
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Internet Edition
West Volusia's Original Hometown Newspaper
By GUY MYSTERY
Intrepid Reporter

  The DeLand Sun News was first published in 1876. After 115 years of operation, it was bought out by a competing paper in 1991. Publication was halted by 1992.
  This situation persisted until 2007, when the brand was revived online as a monument to this cherished local institution.
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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, June 25, 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 Sunday, June 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)


3 trials, 0 convictions in fatal police shootings
All three cases started with a traffic stop....

Why police shooting trials rarely end in convictions
Police-involved shootings and controversy over use of deadly force against people of color has returned to the spotlight through a new round of trials....

Opinion: 4-year-old gives her mom 'The Talk'
A four-year-old girl was left to protect her mother in the only way she knew how: by telling her mom to be just a little more perfect, a survival tactic many black parents have felt forced to teach their children in an America in which dark skin is still too frequently seen as threatening....

'Don't ... get shooted,' girl begged mom
Sitting in the back of a police car, Diamond Reynold's four-year-old daughter tried to comfort her mother after Philando Castile's shooting....

5 guys, 1 pose, 35 years
Five friends from Santa Barbara High School have been snapping the same photo in the same pose on the same cabin bench every five years for the past 35 years....

 

Burned Quran left outside California mosque
Two Islamic centers in Northern California were the sites of possible hate crimes during the last days of Ramadan, law enforcement officials said....

Meet Martha, the world's ugliest dog
There are countless varieties of frightful floofs out there, and in a legendary battle to find the most unsightly oddball of all, one rose above the rest to be crowned World's Ugliest Dog....

BYU changes policy for handling sex assaults
Brigham Young University is changing school policy so that students who report being victims or witnesses to sexual assault will not be punished for related honor code violations, such as drinking or using drugs....

Air Force 'doomsday' planes damaged in tornado
Ten US Air Force planes, including two E-4B "doomsday" aircraft, were damaged when a tornado hit near Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska last week, the service told CNN on Friday....

US releases dramatic photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept
US European Command released dramatic photos that show the moment a Russian Su-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea -- an encounter US officials assessed to be "unsafe."...

World News
For Sunday, June 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Desperate search is on for survivors of China's landslide
Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 93 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China....

Rainfall may have contributed to the landslide
CNN's Matt Rivers reports on the latest rescue efforts and what could have possibly caused the deadly landslide in China's Sichuan Province....

Bourdain: The last place humans haven't ruined
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Pakistan oil tanker truck explosion kills at least 135
A devastating accident involving an exploding oil tanker has left at least 135 people dead in eastern Pakistan, according to the country's Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority....

Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city's handover to Chinese sovereignty, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua....

 

Trump White House forgoes Ramadan dinner
For the first time in nearly two decades, the White House did not host an iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting....

Saudi student now a US fugitive
A Saudi student accused of killing an Oregon teenager in a traffic accident is on the run after skipping bail paid by a Saudi consulate....

Is Mexico really the 2nd most dangerous country, as Trump says?
President Donald Trump rankled Mexico again, this time calling it the second deadliest country in the world. Mexico quickly countered, saying Trump's claim is wrong. So who's right?...

Turkey to stop teaching evolution in high school
Turkish high school students will no longer be taught the theory of evolution....

Saudis foil attack on Mecca's Grand Mosque
Saudi security forces on Friday prevented an imminent attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the country's Interior Ministry said on state-run TV....

Sports
For Sunday, June 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Indians aim to snap skid as Rangers visit (Jun 26, 2017)
CLEVELAND -- The reeling Cleveland Indians will try to halt a three-game losing streak Monday night when they host the Texas Rangers in the opener of a four-game series.

Felice Herrig earns third straight win with lopsided victory over Justine Kish
Felice Herrig has looked better than ever in her last three fights

Surging D-backs host skidding Phillies in finale (Jun 26, 2017)
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have parlayed a pass-the-baton offensive mindset into a franchise-record start. The Philadelphia Phillies just want to get started. Or maybe start over.

Surging Twins open 4-game series in Boston (Jun 26, 2017)
BOSTON -- The upstart first-place Minnesota Twins, fresh off a three-game road sweep of the Cleveland Indians that included two shutouts, roar into Fenway Park for a four-game series that opens Monday night with a marquee pitching matchup.

Dominick Reyes sends Joachim Christensen airborne with nasty knockout in UFC debut
Dominick Reyes gets his first UFC win and sixth first round finish

 

Lynx-Stars Twi-lights: Minnesota shoots past Stars with big fourth quarter
FOX Sports North rounds up the best of the web from the Minnesota Lynx's 87-78 win over the San Antonio Stars

Adam Schenk wins 4-man playoff on Web.com Tour (Jun 25, 2017)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Adam Schenk won the Web.com Tour's Lincoln Land Charity Championship on Sunday with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Eric Axley, William Kropp and Kyle Thompson.

LEADING OFF: Dodgers try for 11th straight win, Hamels back
A look at what's happening all around the majors Monday:

BJ Penn drops fifth fight in a row with majority decision loss to Dennis Siver
Dennis Siver gets the biggest win of his UFC career

Lynx quartet sets new WNBA record with win over Stars
The Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen now have a WNBA record 122 wins as a quartet

Lifestyle
For Sunday, June 25, 2017 (links are updated continually)


At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans prepare for Eid
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nevien Shehadeh, 19, was one of many Muslim women who chose Le'Jemalik Salon and Boutique in New York's borough of Brooklyn on Friday to prepare for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Paris turns into Olympic park as part of push to host 2024 Games
PARIS (Reuters) - A diver plunged into the Seine while the mayor of Paris took to the river in a kayak, as the French capital transformed itself on Friday into a giant Olympic park as part of its...

Indian toilet charity renames village after Trump
MARORA, India (Reuters) - A toilet charity has renamed an Indian village after U.S. President Donald Trump as part of a promotional push to raise cash and support for better sanitation.

Harry Potter still casts spell for fans 20 years on
LONDON (Reuters) - Dressed in a long black gown and holding a wand, George Massingham is keen for everyone to know he is a Harry Potter super fan.

Jackie Kennedy watch, painting sell for three times estimate in NY
(Reuters) - A Cartier wristwatch given to Jackie Kennedy and a painting she made in 1963 as a thank-you gift to reciprocate sold for $379,500 on Wednesday, more than three times pre-sale estimates,...

 

Israeli court stands up for woman in airline gender seat swap case
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A court has told the Israeli airline El Al that it can no longer ask women passengers to switch seats if ultra-Orthodox Jewish men object to sitting next to them, an Israeli...

EU sure about that hat, your majesty?
LONDON (Reuters) - Coincidence or a subliminal message? Britain's Queen Elizabeth stirred up social media on Wednesday when she opened parliament in a hat looking very much like a European Union flag.

No cold feet, but towels in short supply after winter nude swim
HOBART, Australia (Reuters) - So many people plunged into a frigid river for an annual nude swim on the Australian island of Tasmania on Wednesday that there weren't enough towels to go round.

Angolan capital tops list of most expensive cities for expats
LONDON (Reuters) - The Angolan capital Luanda has knocked Hong Kong off the top spot in an annual survey that ranks the cost of living for expatriate workers in world cities.

U.S. football Hall of Famers meet pope, give him number 1 jersey
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The "Hail Mary Pass" did not come up in the conversation, but Pope Francis clearly had a good catch on Wednesday when he received a helmet and jersey from members of the...


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