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New Book: Creepy Ass Cracker: SANFORD, Fla. -- Publisher Henry Frederick has written his first book, "Creepy Ass Cracker" (842 pages, Xlibris), which hits bookstores later this 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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World's Most Famous Beach, Daytona 500 and Bike Week part of winning formula

Sunbathers in Daytona / Headline Surfer®Daytona 500 fuels tourism / Headline Surfer®Bike Week a tourism staple in Daytona / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos / Daytona Beach is vital to Florida's tourism health and the three time-trusted staples are the World's Most Famous Beach, the Daytona 500 and Bike Week.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Gov. Rick Scott was more than eager to have a press release sent out to Florida's daily media outlets on Friday, the day after he visited the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce with promising tourism figures -- increasing numbers of visitors and tourism-related jobs.

"According to VISIT FLORIDA's preliminary estimates, Florida has experienced another record quarter for visitation, with 24 million visitors during the months of April-June 2014," the governor boasted.  

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Incumbent county councilwoman hasn't even been on dais that long

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A mailer by District 3 Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys claims she voted to reduce taxes two consecutive years, even though she hasn't been in office that long.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Deb Denys, elected in 2012, brags in a recent campaign mailer that she "voted against tax increases two years in a row,"  which is impossible since she hasn't even been in office long enough to even come close to completing a second annual budget cycle. 

Rhys Millen salutes the fans at Daytona International Speedway after his Rallycross win / Headline Surfer®

YouTube download videos by KTrain2787 & Buddybryan3 / Raw clips from Daytona International Speedway show several hundred spectators cheering on Rallycross racers, including winner Rhys Millen who salutes them after winning the final heat in the heat of the sunshine state.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Attendance was sparse for Saturday's inaugural Red Bull Global Rallycross at Daytona International Speedway. But the spectators who dared challenge the hot Florida sun in two bleacher sections saw Rhys Millen take the checkered flag in this high-flying race on dirt and asphalt, even as his engine failed on the final lap.

State Sen. John Thrasher easily wins GOP primary in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam & St. Johns counties

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State Sen. John Thrasher won big in Tuesday's GOP primary / Headline Surfer®Derek Hankerson came up short in the GOP primary against incumbent State Sen. John Thrasher / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Relative unknown Derek Hankerson, shown in the inset, came up short against incumbent John Thrasher in the GOP primary for state senator.

PALM COAST -- State Sen. John Thrasher easily defeated Putnam County Tea Party hopeful Derek Hankerson in in Tuesday's Republican primary in all four counties that comprise his district 6 seat. 

Though he remans a contender for president at Florida State University, his alma mater, Thrasher said his No. 1 is re-election in November when he faces Democrat Kathleen Trued, a retired St. Augustine teacher who lost to him two years ago, and fellow challenger Greg Feldman, who is running as an independent.

George Sheldon wins Democratic primary for attorney general; faces GOP incumbent Pam Bondi in November

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George Sheldon wins Dem primary in Florida for attorney general / Headline Surfer®Perry Thurston lost the Dem primary for attorney general in Florida / Headline Surfer®Florida Attorney General Democratic primary results / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic / George Sheldon, shown far left, prevailed in the Democratic primary for Florida attorney general over Perry Thurston, but he has an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Pam Bondi, shown below, who has greater financial resources and name recognition.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH — George Sheldon of Tampa defeated Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale in the Democratic primary for Florida attorney general and now moves on to face GOP incumbent Pam Bondi in November.

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.

497. County Council candidate Ken Ali in 2012 debate closing: 'I'm heterosexual'

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Daytona Beach businessman Ken Ali was a candidate for County Council in 2012 / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Ken Ali, a candidate for the district 2 County Council race in 2012, shown here in this recent self-portrait on his Facebook, has no regrets in declaring at the end of a debate that he's 'heterosexual,' a veiled bi-sexual jab at the incumbent, Joshua Wagner, married with his wife pregnant at the time with their second child, who laughed it off.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Things weren't quite right to begin with. First, the Daytona Beach News-Journal debate for the district 2 County Council race was held at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach instead of a venue in Daytona Beach since that's the home turf of the seat held by incumbent Joshua Wagner.

Then came the prophetic words that that doomed the candidacy of candidate Daytona Beach businessman Ken Ali, if he had a prayer toy begin with in surviving a primary in the three-persion race and forcing a run-off with Wagner, in the 2012 November elections.

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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Henry Frederick with Daytona Mayoral candidate Derrick Henry / Headline Surfer®2012 County Chair debate with Jason Davis & Carl Persis in Oak Hill / Headline Surfer®County Councilwoman Joie Alexander with Publisher Henry Frederick in NSB in 2012 / Headline Surfer®
Headline Surfer® photos from2012 elections by Serafina King-Frederick / Top left: Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick with then-Daytona Beach mayoral candidate Derrick Henry before his win in November; Top right: County Chair Jason Davis and Carl Persis debate in Oak Hill City Hall chambers before Davis won by 20,000-plus votes; Bottom left: Then-Dis. 3 County Councilwoman Joie Alexander chats with Frederick at a Brannon Center hobnob in New Smyrna Beach; Bottom right: Frederick moderates publioc candidate debate with County Councilman Joshua Wagner & challenger Nacy Epps in Port Orange City Hall chambers on eve of general elections. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Headline Surfer® presents its 2014 Primary Election Voter Guide with candidate profiles, public candidate debate videos segments, endorsements and party lines political notebook items, beginning today and leading up to the big vote on Aug. 26.

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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.

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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Rotary clubs of New Smyrna Beach & Edgewater to sponsor fundraiser Cheeseburgers in Paradise / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Brannon Center's the place to be Saturday night for the Jimmy Buffet-styled summer time party named after his restaurants – Cheeseburger in Paradise. The event is sponsored by the Rotary clubs of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater as a significant fundraiser for their community good-works and charities.

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EDGEWATER -- I was stunned as the nation was Monay when it was announced that Robin Williams was dead of a suicide. Then they went on to say he killed himself by asphyxiation and I fell apart.

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OAK HILL -- You know you're in the dog days of summer when Fourth of July is more than a month past. But the folks in Oak Hill sure know how to celebrate the holidays and every day life.

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EDGEWATER -- There is movement in the Florida courts to try and repeal Florida's same-sex marriage ban and we the people need to stop such nonsense from happening. After all, marriage is between a man and a woman as God intended it.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH — We live in disturbing times. In the Barack H. Obama presidential era, the cacophony of excuses that the Bush White House was far worse, has been one stagnant excuse bog after another. Such an argument rises to a rather severe intellectual impecuniousness, due in no small part to its blatant assinity.

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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Dwight Howard / Headline Surfer®YouTube downloads / Videos by Ashok Gamer / NBA highlights of Portland Trailblazers' Game 6 first round series win over the Houson Rockets; Dwight Howard's glum post-game press conference.

ORLANDO -- Hey Orlando Magic fans, you can rejoice: Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets are a bust in the NBA playoffs.

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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. 

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