Surfers love the World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona / Headline SurferDaytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500 / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- For some reason, I feel energized on this Thursday morning after crossing the St. Johns Bridge from Sanford into Volusia County. Perhaps it's the warm Florida sun. After all, one of the things we Floridians love is the sunshine.

New Book: Creepy Ass Cracker: SANFORD, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com Publisher Henry Frederick has written his first book, "Creepy Ass Cracker" (842 pages, Xlibris), which hits bookstores early next year. It focuses on the sensational trial that led to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the gunshot slaying of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, but the meaning of the book's title may end up surprising you. Frederick won journalism awards for his Miami interview with Trayvon's parents; later for his trial reports at the Seminole County courthouse. Among other award-winning judicial assignments: • Witnessing execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos; • Teresa Earnhardt's civil trial keeping husband Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos sealed after the Daytona 500 fatality; • Texas Motor Speedway's legal fight to force NASCAR to provide 2nd race date. Frederick has appeared on Oxygen network's "Snapped," & Discovery Channel's "Deadly Affairs" on sultry convicted murderer Virginia Larzelere who got off death row years after her dentist-husband's slaying.

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Incumbent Rick Scott gets higher percent GOP primary vote total than Democratic rival & ex-Gov. Charlie Crist

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Gov. Rick Scott won the GOP primary in Florida & Volusia County / Headline Surfer®Charlie Crist won Democrativ primary in Florida & Volusia County / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
In the wake of Tuesday's primaries, it's now officially a November showdown for Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican turned independent turned Democrat.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The percentage margin off victory by Gov. Rick Scott against two GOP challengers in Tuesday's primary was greater than that of former Gov. Charlie win over Nan Rich in the Democratic primary.

John Mica easily wins GOP primary over three others with 72.2% vote districtwide

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Congressman Jon Mica wins GOP primary / Headline Surfer®DELTONA -- Congressman John Mica easily won the GOP primary over three others with 72.2 percent districtwide.

The Republican from Winter Park had four times as many votes as second place finisher, David Smith, who had 18.7 percent of the votes, followed by Don Oehlrich with 5.1 percent and Kelly Shirley with 4 percent.

In terms of the actual votes, Mica had 32,076, Smith 8,312, Oehlrich 2,284 and Shirley 1,785.

In Volusia County, where Mica represents DeBary, Deltona and Orange City, he received 74.9 percent of the overall votes, with Smith second at 16.09 percent, followed by Shirley with 4.83 percent and Oehlrich with 4.1 percent.

Rank 'em: No. 1 internet newspaper editorial cartoon Daytona Rising: TAXCAR

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Drawing in response to wealth of Speedway campaign contributions to politicians in exchange for public subsidies on big projects

The Cartoon: Daytona Rising: TAXCAR / Headline Surfer®The Cartoon: Mori Hosseini / Headline Surfer®The Cartoon: County Councilwoman Deb Denys steers taxpayers wrong

DAYTONA BEACH -- The cartoon dubbed "Daytona Rising" or "TAXCAR" as displayed on the hood of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet with State Sen. Dorothy Hukill behind the wheel was hands down the No. 1 choice in our Rank 'em segment.

496. New Smyrna Beach City Clerk Johnny Bledsoe enjoys public interaction

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Top 500 Newsmakers of Central Florida / Headline Surfer®

Headline Surfer® is counting down its listing of the Top 500 Newsmakers in Central Florida all the way to No. 1.  

New Smyrna Beach City Clerk Johnny Bledsoe / Headline Surfer®NSB City Clerk Johnny Bledsoe contract provision / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer® photo by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / New Smyrna Beach City Clerk Johnny Bledsoe sets the clock for 3 minutes per speaker during public participation at City Commission meetings. He has a longer lifeline in his job with the backdrop of politics via a provision that gives him extra pay should he be squeezed out.
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- City Clerk Johnny Bledsoe, CMC, loves serving the public in a job that at times can be a pressure cooker with the demands of elected politicians, demanding reporters and citizens wanting public records requests addressed.

100. Hulk Hogan turns on WCW in Bash at the Beach at Ocean Center in Daytona

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Volusia County has had more than its fair share of scandals over the years. Headline Surfer® has ranked what it believes are the Top 100 most-shocking, talked-about county scandals.
Hulk Hogan with Hall and Nash in Daytona for Bash at the Beach / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH -- The year was 1996, and the place was the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, where perhaps the ultimate betrayal took place.

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Play it safe on the beach this holiday weekend

Best way to avoid getting in trouble in surf: Swim in front of a lifeguard 

Changing of the (life) guard at the World's Most Famous Beach-Daytona / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® video / It's a changing of the (life) guard at mid-afternoon Friday in this scene setter on the beach off the International Speedway Bouleard approach in Daytona Beach.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Always be aware of your surroundings while on the beach, especially in the surf, with rip currents on this holiday weekend. It's a good idea to swim in front of a lifeguard in case you get into trouble in the choppy waves.

Parents, & adults: Keep small children in front of you where you can see them at all times

And parents, granfdparents and other adults responsinle for small children. Always keep them in front of you where you can see them. Little ones, especially toddlers, love to chase the birds and often they aren't paying attention to what is around them, including motor vehicles in the drive zones.

These are perhaps the two greatest tips to offer for a safe beach experience on this Labor Day weekend that typically represents the end of summer.

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Danger Zone: Parents need to be vigilant about their small children on the driving beach in Daytona and New Smyrna / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® video / Danger Zone: Little ones play in water's edge. Notice how close the little boy in the video a toddler, no older than 2 or 3, comes to the passing vehicles while pushing his giant Tonka truck across the wet sand. Though he never leaves the water's edge  in the minute and 53 seconds of this video clip.
Video ReWind: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins Daytona 500 (full race)

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ran perhaps the second greatest Daytona 500 behind the victory by his legendary dad in 1998, and his second in a decade.
Here is a a video rewind of the entire race. Enjoy!
Video ReWind: Floridian wins 2014 Indy 500 (full race)
YouTube download / Video by Blue Flags / Here is the 2014 Indianapolis 500 from pre-race to finish.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A Floridian wins the 2014 Indy 500 in fast paced race from Indianapolis Speedway.

995. Audi crash at 2011 LeMans stays within retaining wall

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WORST of the Worst motorsports crashes / Headline Surfer®
Multimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events and the public in general on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
Allan McNish crashes at Lermans 2011 / Headline Surfer®
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Alan McNish in Audi crashes at LeMans in 2011.

DAYTONA BEACH -- At the 2011 24 hours of Le Mans, driver Allan McNish destroyed the No. 3 Audi in a spectacular crash early on, careening into a retaining wall, and though some debris from the shattered car went over, it didn't cause any injuries to nearby spectators. Luckily.

996. Biggest pile-up in racing history in 1960 at Daytona

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WORST of the Worst motorsports crashes / Headline Surfer®
Multimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events and the public in general on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.

Video by Automobile History USA / It was dubbed the biggest pile-up in auto-racing history and it occurred in 1960 during the Daytona Modified Sportsman Race at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Right from the onset, the 1960 Daytona Modified Sportsman race at Daytona International Speedway was a disaster with the biggest collection of cars caught up in a single crash at a NASCAR-sanctioned racing event -- 37 of them. But fortunately there were no casualties.

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Bob Patterson, Florida folk singer will perform at Ormond Beach LibraryORMOND BEACH -- Bob Patterson will share the folklore and songs of Florida during a free performance from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Ormond Beach Regional Public Library, 30 S. Beach St.

Patterson is a professional singer, songwriter and storyteller with more than 40 years of experience performing at clubs and festivals across the nation.

He co-founded the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and received the 2011 Mother Earth and Fellow Man Award in recognition for his gifts to folk culture.

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ORLANDO -- With regard to the beheading of a second American journalist in Iraq by the Islamic State: This tightens my jaw.

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EDGEWATER -- I can’t believe the people of Volusia County have voted Deb Denys in again as county council member for district 3 representing New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill and part of Port Orange, Osteen and Lake Helen. After all she and her cohorts have done and are still doing behind everyone’s back, funded by the big wigs who run the county or think they do with their money, and still she gets re-elected?

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OAK HILL -- The school year has cranked up at Burns Sci-Tech Charter School and it is almost filled to capacity. And no wonder: Principal Jan Mcgee and her staff of talented and determined teachers have brought the school FDOE grade up from a "D" to a "B" and no one could be prouder.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- If you pay attention to what is going on in your mind, you will find that there is a near-constant stream of chatter.

Lookin' back at The Big '80s: 'Walk like an Egyptian'

Henry Frederick loves the music and culture of the Big '80s, hearkening back to his college years (1980-'84) and beginnings as a metro newspaper reporter.

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Stetson University's high flying redshirt freshman Kayla Weller collected two double-doubles for the Hatters on the weekend en route to all-tournament team honors on Saturday.
 
 
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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Despite 18 kills by redshirt freshman McKenna Foster, Stetson (2-1) dropped its first match of the season, 3-1, to Florida Atlantic in the final game of the FAU Invitational on Saturday. The Owls (2-1) won by scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-13 to take the tournament title by virtue of a tiebreaker.

 

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The late Peter Mallory, co-founder of the 24/7 internet newspaper, won a 2011 FPC award for blog writing.
 
2013 Florida Press Club Awards
Henry Frederick, publisher of Headline Surfer®,  led all journalists in the 2013 Florida Press Club contest with awards for nine stories in the categories of General News, Public Safety Reporting & Religion. In the 2012 statewide contest, he won awards for six stories & three blogs in General News, Public Safety Reporting & Blog Writing, as well as best online presentation with use of social media. Frederick has won  numerous awards as an investigative/breaking news reporter & city editor for daily newspapers in Florida, New York, Massachusetts & Connecticut. 



2012 Florida Press Club
Best Online Pres.
(incl social media) 3rd place
Henry Frederick
 
 
Florida Press Club winner Peter Mallory2011 Florida Press Club
Blog Writing, 3rd Place,
Peter Mallory
 

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