Daytona International Speedway denies media credentials to internet newspaper / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway denied media credentials for the Rolex 24 at Daytona that concluded earlier today with Chip Ganassi Racing the winner. The credential denial was not a surprise, considering how vindictive and petty the organization is that is owned by International Speedway Corp., the private corporation owned by the France Family, headed up by Lesa France Kennedy, that also has a controlling interest in the publicly-traded commissioner'a office of the sport -- NASCAR.


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Catherine Peavy of Osteen upset with Rails to Trails / Headline Surfer®Sheryl Manche / Headline Surfer®Geraldine Morgan Clinton / Headline Surfer®OSTEEN, Fla. -- The Sunday Conversation, the internet newspaper's multimedia online newsmaker feature, focuses on Volusia County's nearly $100 million Rails to Trails program and why residents in Osteen and nearby Oak Hill, like Catherine Peavy (shown here), Sheryl Manche & Geraldine Morgan Clinton are so dead set against it.
They are especially incensed that an obscure law -- the so-callled Murphy Act -- that goes back to FDR and the New Deal, is being utilized to take front yard acreage without a penny of compensation.
And lame-duck County Councilwoman Pat Northey, who identifies herself as the "Queen of the Trails," may have poured gasoline on the fire with an on-site visit two days after her election loss, after which she gloated on the dais about the construction zone.
New Book: Creepy Ass Cracker: SANFORD, Fla. -- 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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Chip Ganassi Racing crosses finish line to win Rolex 24 at Daytona / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Chip Ganassi Racing proved its endurance with the big win in the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona -- the sixth checkered flag for the renowned racing team's ownership. 

Scott Dixon wheeled the No. 02 Riley-Ford DP to a 1.333-second win over the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Sebastien Bourdais, after a last-minute caution and miscalculation in switching drivers for the runner-up team sealed the win.

89. VCSO: New Smyrna Beach-area man dies in early morning November house fire

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New Smyrna Beach house fire claims man sleeping inside / Headline Surfer®Danny Henry perished in a house fire on Nov, 6, 2014 in NSB / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Danny Henry, 44, perished in a fire that engulfed his concrete block home on 302 Oak St., just outside the New Smyrna Beach city limits, shortly after midnight on Nov. 6. His brother, who also lived there, escaped the flames, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A house fire near New Smyrna Beach during the early morning hours of Nov. 6, claimed the life of a 44-year-old man, identified a short time lster that day as Danny Henry, who lived there with his brother.

90. Daytona Beach names Dru Driscoll fire chief as replacement for retired James Bland

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Dru Driscoll named fire chief of Daytona Bech, FL as shin with City Mgr Jim Chisholm / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The city hired a new fire chief and saved a little money in salary in the process.

Dru R. Driscoll, 36, was promoted in March with a salary of 17,000, which is $6,044 less than the $123,044 James Bland was making when he retired in April 2013, Daytona Beach city spokeswoman Susan Cerbone told the internet newspaper.

91. New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway serves as grand marshal of Christmas parade

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Emma Larkowski, 3, enjoys the 2014 New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade / Headline Surfer®

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Count 3-year-old Emma Larkowski among the 10,000 thousand or so locals who loved the 2014 New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade, certainly among the longest and most festive in Volusia County, with newly-elected Mayor Jim Hathaway serving as the grand marshal.

92. Ormond Beach man sentenced to 16 years in prison for DUI-related deaths of two people

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Louis Prinzo, 24, of Ormond Beach, gets 16 years in prison for killing 2 people in DUI crash / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An Ormond Beach man convicted of three felonies stemming from a July 26, 2012, Interstate 95 crash that killed two people was sentenced in November to 16 years in prison.

Louis Prinzo, IV, 24, was convicted of two counts of DUI causing death, one count of DUI causing serious bodily injury, and one count of misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Kem McNair's surfing gull of New Smyrna Beach: 'Nature never ceases to amaze me'

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Kem McNair surfer dude series / Headline Surfer®
First in a year-long series of feature stories published on the final Sunday of each month on the adventures of surfer dude Kem McNair, who has surfed the waves of New Smyrna Beach for more than half a century, chronicling the creatures of the land, sea and air along the way.
Surfer Kem McNair captures Seagull riding surf on camera in New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®
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A juvenile seagull bodysurfing a wave at the inlet in the South Jetty of NewSmyrna Beach inlet on Nov. 24, 2011.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- "This was no accident! I saw him swim up the whitewater, turn at the top and drop in on the wave and ride it all the way to the beach, while using his wings to turn right, then left in the whitewater. I could not believe my eyes."


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Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend all about the cars

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2015 Rolex 24 Friday Roar Testing on Jan. 16 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Bech, Florida. Chip Ganassi Racing will be force to be reckoned with as shown with one of itd race cars here belowon the track earlier this month.

Chip Ganassi Racing a major player at Rolex 24 at Daytona / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Keeping true to its name as the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the International Motor Sports Association will spotlight a robust contingent of international drivers, teams and manufacturers on the world stage for the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona on Saturday and Sunday.

What's that translate to? It's all about the race cars. It's about endurance. 

Global television coverage of the Rolex 24 will be available in more than 300 million homes across more than 130 countries. In addition to television coverage, IMSA TV on will offer worldwide streaming of TUDOR Championship qualifying, as well as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season-opening BMW Performance 200 on Friday.

Video ReWind: Dale Jr.'s 2014 Daytona 500 win from in-car cam
Video by NASCAR / For Headliner Surfer® / A view of the finish of the 2014 Daytona 500 from inside-the-car cam of winning driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Here's an entirely different view of Dale Earnhardt, Jr's woin in the 2014 Daytona 500: from the inside-the-car cam in the closing laps of the race.

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.

994. Formula One driver Alex Caffi survives horrific crash in 1991 Monaco Grand Prix practice run

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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 on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
Alex Caffi survives massive crash in 1991 Monaco GP practice / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Alex Caffi's 1991 season in Formula 1 driving was dreadful, punctuated by a bad wreck in a practice run for the Monaco Grand Prix that saw his Footwork Porsche shattered in a collision, though somehow he escaped serious injury.

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Dawson Porter, 2, caught this 26-inch redfish in New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Dawson Porter made the catch of his life and he has the photo to prove it, courtesy of his father, Buzzy Porter, who posted the jaw-dropping image on Facebook.

The 12-year-old Holly Hill youth is shown holding this massive 26-inch redfish that he caught all by himself in the recent New Smyrna Beach Backwater Tournament. 

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OAK HILL, Fla. -- I was lucky enough to be invited to the dedication of the McGee Middle School building at Burns Sci-Tech Charter School in Oak Hill.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- I have been, to put it nicely, disenchanted with our justice system for some time now, but currently I am just plain disgusted with what is going on today.

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OAK HILL, Fla. -- While folks in Oak Hill are enjoying Thanksgiving with the turkey, casseroles and desserts, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me. I appreciate your confidence in me in my return to the Oak Hill City Commission after a two-year absence.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- This morning via emails my cousin and I were discussing what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving. At our ages we have many departed souls that we miss dearly and wish we were celebrating with here right now. But alas the older we get the less earthly relatives and friends we have and that’s sad.

Orion lifts off from Cape Canaveral: 'New era in space'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- It's a new era in space flight with today's launch of the Orion spacecraft.


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Orlndo Magic star Victor Oladipo out with injury / Headline Surfer®Orlando Magic star Victor Oladipo out of action indefinitely with facial fracture

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Saturday.

Oladipo, 22, who was evaluated Thursday afternoon, underwent a corrective surgical procedure. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

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