Henry Frederick and his son, Henry Frederick, IV, on eve of turning 21 / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- My son turns 21 on Thursday. Little Henry, as I've called him through the years, is 1,200 miles away from me in Central Connecticut -- having made his way in the world a little more than a year ago on his own terms. Sort of.

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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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Party Lines Political Notebook: Candidate Larry McKinney withdraws from municipal race / Headline Surfer®

Finished second to Scott Stiltner among field of four in Aug. 26 primary

Larry McKinney pulls out of Port Orange municipal race / Headline Surfer®Scott Stiltner / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Larry McKinney has withdrawn from the race for the district 4 seat on the Port Orange City Council against primary winner Scott Stilton, shown in the inset.

PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- Larry McKinney, former president and CEO of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, who finished second in a crowded field in the Aug. 26 primary for a seat on the Port Orange City Council, has withdrawn his candidacy with less than three weeks to go before the general election.

"Today, I am withdrawing from the race for District 4 City Council in Port Orange," McKinney said in a prepared statement emailed to Headline Surfer® late Friday night. 

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Two eldest kids dead; third clinging to life in hospital

Sheriff Benjoihnson in Port Orange, Fla., at scene of murder-suicide / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson holds a press conference Friday outside the home of a Port Orange-area home where a father shot his three children before killing himself. Only the youngest of the three children survived the bloodshed.
 

PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- A domestic quarrel between a married couple on the verge of divorce ended in bloodshed before dawn today in the Spruce Creek Farms subdivision after the wife ran out of the house and the husband taking aim at their three children -- killing two of them in the process -- before shooting himself to death.

Party Lines political Notebook / Headline Surfer®
Citizen watchdog Morton Culligan / Headline Surfer®Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Editor's Note: Morton Culligan of DeBary, a citizen watchdog (shown here at far left), who often appears at Volusia County Council meetings, and an attendee at a HeadlineSurfer.com public candidate debate for the at-large County Council seat at the Oak Hill City Hall back in June for which candidate Pat Northey (shown here far right) was a no-show, wrote the following after Thursday'sCounty Council meeting and sent it to local media outlets. Culligan was reacting to Councilman Joshua Wagner's criticism of Northey for the mailer on County Council at-large incumbent Joyce Cusack (shown here in the middle). Culligan's reference to 'Fast Freddy' is Fred Lowry, candidate for the district 5 seat Northey now holds, but is term-limited in, which is why she's challenging Cusack. Lowry is battling fellow candidate Rich Gailey of DeBary, who won the August primary:

DELAND, Fla. -- Whats next? Big Spat at Volusia Council meeting. Pat Northey slips back into the gutter -- again.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH / Headline Surfer® is the Award-Winning 24/7 Internet Newspaper Serving the Daytona Beach-Orlando metropolitan area via HeadlineSurfer.com

Nolan Kirkland with parants, Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater / Headline Surfer

Headline Surfer® videos and photos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina King-Frederick / Highlights from the 2011 New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade are showcased in the 24/7 internet newspaper's digital coverage of the annual event.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater dressed up their 1-year-old son, Nolan, as a shark, three years ago for the New Smyrna Beach Halloween parade.

Kathy Weston sets bar high for circuit judge with wealth of experience, integrity & commitment

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Endorsement: Kathy Weston for Circuit Judge / Headline Surfer®

Internet newspaper endorses Kathy Weston for circuit judge / Headline Surfer®Kathy Weston & family / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- There are few attorneys out there who have the legal knowledge, insight and family pedigree to be a circuit judge like candidate Adam Warren. But in this particular race, there is an even better choice: Kathy Weston.

Without hesitation, HeadlineSurfer.com gives the full weight of its endorsement in the Nov. 4 elections to Kathy Weston, candidate for 7th judicial circuit (Group 20) in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

ENDORSEMENTS: As NSB mayor, Jim Hathaway would fight to end trend of tax hikes pushed by Jack Grasty

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Native son hoping to follow in late father's footsteps as municipal leader

Jim Hathaway endorsed by internet newspaper for NSB mayor / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The time has come for an experienced community leader to take the reigns in New Smyrna Beach and right the ship that has run aground, especially in the last couple of years. That leader is none other than Jim Hathaway.

With that said, Headline Surfer® wholly endorses Hathaway for mayor of New Smyrna Beach in the Nov. 4 general elections over City Commissioner and former colleague Jack Grasty.

The taxpayers of the city by the sea have been hit with an increase in taxes for the new fiscal year that began Wednesday, following a tax increase last year as well. This is unacceptable in a city known for its charm that has a large bloc of seniors on fixed incomers and working class families struggling to put food on the table.

ENDORSEMENTS: Oak Hill Commission seat 3 incumbent Kathy Bittle committed to community

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Oak Hill Commissioner Kathy Bittle endorsed by internet newspaper / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® videos / The internet newspaper held public candidate debates in Oak Hill in June.

OAK HILL -- Kathy Bittle, a native of Oak Hill, who has been on the City Commission for eight years, is the endorsed candidate of Headline Surfer® in the Nov. 4 elections,  for two reasons: Her experience on the dais and her consistent community commitment away from City Hall, too.

Jon Kaney's Waverly investigation drags unsuspecting candidate into mix as demonstrated with Pat Northey Q&A

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Show Mwe the Money Volusia County / Headline Surfer®

Councilwoman gets into innuendo involving former Deltona city attorney & current School Board district 3 candidate George Trovato

Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Jonathan Kaney, Jr, Waverly investigator / Headline Surfer®Northey Waverly repo / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- In what has already become a public embarrassment for Volusia County described from the onset as a political "witch hunt" and a "money grab,"  the so-called “Waverly investigation” is catching even more unsuspecting victims. Take Volusia County District 3 School Board George Trovato, for example, courtesy of County Councilwoman Patricia Northey.

495. Karen Diebel talked up then-Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas as her opponent, but lost in 2010 GOP primary

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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.  
 

Karen Diebel ran for Congress in 2010 / Headline Surfer®

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Then-Winter Park Vice Mayor and City Commissioner Karen Diebel talked up Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas of New Smyrna Beach as though she was her only real opponent in the 2010 elections, but in doing so, she perhaps under-estimated the strength of her own GOP party rival, Sandy Adams.

Big mistake!

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.

Associated Press / Headline Surfer / Today in History, Oct. 19...

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 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.
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F1 driver Alex Caffi crashes during a Saturday practice for the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix race in the v12-engine Footwork Porsche, escaping virtually unscathed in the horrific wreck. 

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 from a collision, though he somehow escaped serious injury.

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.
Video by Intercitycustoms Racingtechcz / Downloaded from YouTube for Headline Surfer® / Alan McNish in Audi crashes at LeMans in 2011.
 

Allan McNish crashes at Lermans 2011 / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- During the 2011 running of the 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.

At the 2012 LeMans, McNish made a driving error and cost himself and his No. 2 Audi team an almost-certain first place finish by crashing by the Audi No. 2 car a few hours before the finish.

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.

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: Junior Johnson wins 1960 Daytona 500 race marred by 37-car pile-up

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Headline Surfer® brings you a snapshot of every Daytona 500 race, from 1959 to the present. This segment: 1960...
Junior Johnson wins 1960 Daytona 500 / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH -- Fireball Roberts was the early leader of the 1960 Daytona 500 run on Feb. 14, but he would end up out of the race with engine problems and Junior Johnson took over and won the crash-marred affair.

He started ninth and was at home in North Carolina until a week earlier when he was convinced by Masoni to race. Masoni even supplied him with a car, a 1959 Chevrolet, sponsored by the Daytona Kennel.

Community Spotlight

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 -- It was to great to wake up Thursday morning to sunshine after more than a week of off-and-on rainfall. I know we often pray for rain because we need it, but this time around there was just too much.

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OAK HILL -- The official start of Fall in the U.S. doesn't mean much for the folks here in Oak Hill. We won't see many leaves falling or smell many burning leaves until about January. But that's OK. We still know there are changes to look forward to.

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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?

Daytona Beach: Wings & Waves

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Stetson University volleyball freshman Kayla Weller in action / Headline Surfer®Jim Hogue photo / Stetson University / For Headline Surfer® /
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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