141st Year
Saturday, October 21, 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 Saturday, October 21, 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 Saturday, October 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Inside a month of the Hurricane Maria nightmare
The lives of 3.4 million people have been upended...

Workers dangle from helicopters to fix power lines
Power workers with no fear of heights are being hoisted up by helicopter in the mountains of Puerto Rico to repair the island's devastated transmission lines....

3 million Americans are without power
After Hurricane Maria toppled the bridge that connects him to the rest of civilization and ripped the roof and walls off his house here in the central mountains of Puerto Rico, Ramón Sostre raised a weathered American flag above the wreckage....

Puerto Rico a month later is 'post-apocalyptic'
CNN's Leyla Santiago looks at how Puerto Rico is recovering a month after being devastated by Hurricane Maria....

Expert: Water from a polluted site 'safe to drink'
Water from three wells at a hazardous-waste site in Dorado, Puerto Rico, is safe for human consumption, according to tests conducted for CNN by a university lab....

 

Her startup is changing people's fitness routines
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A dating app that's more than just dating
Dating app Bumble has launched its networking vertical Bumble Bizz....

His 21st birthday launched a startup
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Mom accused of hitting teacher in face with brick
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Human-like figures mystify, excite residents
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World News
For Saturday, October 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


9 million deaths worldwide linked to pollution
The fatal effects of pollution are seen across our planet....

Air pollution affects babies even in the womb
Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found....

A firework ban won't help Delhi's pollution
October 19 marks the beginning of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights which across India is marked by colorful but polluting pyrotechnics....

This lab is turning pollution into paint
Air Ink, a brand new concept by India-based Graviky Labs, uses polluted air to create paint and ink. The company's first line of Air Ink products includes pens, oil-based paints and spray paints. Each product contains pigments made from carbon soot....

Japan's economy faces huge challenges
Is Japan's problem-plagued economy finally turning a corner?...

 

Goldman Sachs CEO is trolling Britain over Brexit
Lloyd Blankfein doesn't think Brexit is going very well....

'Psychopathic' hedge fund bosses make less $
Google, a company that's built everything from a search engine to a self-driving car, will now try its hand at a city neighborhood....

These airline stocks doubled, rivals flopped
It's either feast or famine for European airlines....

Nissan halts production of cars sold in Japan
Nissan has suspended production of cars for its home market over safety concerns....

How a month of hurricane nightmares changed Puerto Rico -- and me
I am writing this in the dark. The hotel doesn't have power, and one of the generators failed. I had to walk up 10 flights of stairs to get to my hotel room because the elevators don't work. The lights have been flickering all night....

Sports
For Saturday, October 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Wallabies beat All Blacks 23-18 in 3rd Bledisloe Cup test
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Australia ended a two-year losing streak against New Zealand, beating the world champions 23-18 Saturday in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Suncorp Stadium.

Argentina to open Russia's World Cup final venue in friendly
MOSCOW (AP) Argentina will travel to Russia to play the first game at Moscow's newly renovated stadium for the 2018 World Cup final.

Venus ready for return WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) Venus Williams returns to the year-end WTA Finals for the first time since reaching the 2009 final, and the fifth time overall, starting on Sunday in Singapore.

Ji fires 69 for 6-stroke lead at Taiwan Championship
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Eun-Hee Ji carded a 3-under 69 to open up a six-stroke lead after the third round of the Taiwan Championship on Saturday.

Homecoming Queen Kicks Game-Winning Field Goal | The Scoop
Homecoming Queen Kicks Game-Winning Field Goal | The Scoop

 

Thomas fires 70 to share lead after 3rd round of CJ Cup
JEJU, South Korea (AP) Justin Thomas fired a 2-under 70 in windy conditions to share the lead with fellow American Scott Brown after the third round of the CJ Cup on Saturday.

Ji fires 69 for 6-stroke lead at Taiwan Championship
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Eun-Hee Ji carded a 3-under 69 to open up a six-stroke lead after the third round of the Taiwan Championship on Saturday.

West Indies bats in opening test vs. Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) West Indies won the toss and will bat in the first of two tests against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club on Saturday.

Venus ready for return WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) Venus Williams returns to the year-end WTA Finals for the first time since reaching the 2009 final, and the fifth time overall, starting on Sunday in Singapore.

Grizzlies run into Warriors in second home game (Oct 21, 2017)
The Memphis Grizzlies will test their new up-tempo style against the best defense the NBA had to offer last season when they attempt to open 2-0 at home at the expense of the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Lifestyle
For Saturday, October 21, 2017 (links are updated continually)


Cuba unveils Jose Marti statue, a gift from Trump's hometown
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba unveiled a replica of a New York statue of independence hero Jose Marti on Friday, putting a gift from the hometown of U.S. President Donald Trump on public display at a time...

Too much sun. Hair too dry: L'Oreal adds Paris to digital beauty start-up cities
PARIS (Reuters) - L'Oreal, the world's biggest cosmetics company wants to see more beauty tech like sensory hair brushes that tell you how to care for your hair, and skin patches that let you know...

Michelin trims star list to 25 restaurants for Chicago
(Reuters) - Michelin said on Friday it awarded its coveted stars to 25 Chicago restaurants in the latest edition of its dining guide that will be launched on Oct. 26, one less than last year.

London the starting line as Adidas laces up robotic shoe run
LONDON (Reuters) - Adidas has launched the first of six planned city-themed running shoe models in London as it capitalizes on its first Speedfactory, which it has opened in Germany and equipped with...

'If all goes well...' Titanic victim's letter expected to sell for thousands
LONDON (Reuters) - A hand-written letter found on the body of a man killed in the sinking of the Titanic is expected to fetch up to £80,000 ($105,000) at auction on Saturday.

 

Paris wants to regulate Asian bike-share operators
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris does not want Asian bike-sharing operators to burst into the city the way Airbnb and Uber did and plans to introduce regulation to ensure an orderly rollout of new bicycle...

Thai vegetarian festival expects record spending
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's annual vegetarian festival began on Friday with record spending expected from Thais abstaining from meat-heavy diets to earn spiritual credit during the year-long...

France gets serious over sexual harassment after Weinstein scandal: minister
PARIS (Reuters) - The Harvey Weinstein scandal is forcing a rethink of attitudes toward sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance, said...

With the crazy 'Italics', Asterix returns for 37th adventure
PARIS (Reuters) - Asterix, the indomitable pint-sized Gaul forever outfoxing the Romans, returns for his 37th comic adventure on Thursday, this time battling his way across Italy in a chariot race.

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize
LONDON (Reuters) - American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S....


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