DAYTONA BEACH -- Ever notice how everything in traditional print media is portrayed as bigger and better than before? How government leaders tout transparency yet don't return calls when it comes to answering questions about campaign contribution sources?

Over the next several days and weeks, it should become abundantly apparent how corrupt governance is at the county level and even among some municipal governments.

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Fort Lauderdale Attorney defending woman in Jacksonville stand your ground case that made national headlines has fired a torpedo into the fed govt's case here early on

Attorney Bruce Zimet of Fort Lauderdale appears on CNN / represented stand your ground / Headline Surfer®Stephanie Musselwhite / Headline Surfer®Ramara Garrett & Jim Sotolongo of Waverly Media / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / High-profile defense attorney Bruce Zimet, shown here with CNN's Anderson Cooper is representing Marissa Alexander in an upcoming re-trial ordered after her conviction in 2012, for firing a gun in her estranged husband'sdirection, citing Florida's stand your ground law as a defense. Zimet also is representing Stephanie Musselwhite in the Daytona-area mortgage fraud trial under way in Orlando,  where she and co-defendants Jim Sotolongo and Ramara Garrett, are accused of defrauding several banks.
 

ORLANDO -- Even though she held her own and then some in opening statements to the jury in U.S. District Court in Orlando against three of Florida's top defense attorneys in a complex mortgage fraud trial two days earlier, Thursday was not a good day for prosecutor Tanya Williams.

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Campaigns of politicians bankrolled by millionaire developer; owner ICI Homes

Cartown showing County Council members bowing to rich developer Mori Hosseini / Headline Surfer®Mori Hosseini has banrolled County Council campaigns of D Denys, P Patterson, D Daniels, P Northey / Headline Surfer®Doug Daniels / Headline Surfer®Deb Denys / Headline Surfer®Pat Patterson / Headline Surfer®Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® cartoon / Copyright protected / County Council members Doug Daniels, Deb Denys, Pat Patterson andPat Northey, shown left to right in the smaller inset photos have all had their campaigns bankrolled by millionaire and ICI Homes builder Mori Hosseini, shown in the larger photo next to the 24/7 internet newspaper's cartoon that depicts the obvious conflict of interest of the politicians with Hosseini.
 

ICI Homes builder Mori Hosseini / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- It's a story the Daytona Beach News-Journal made a big deal out of earlier in the week, though it was missing a significant set of facts with an obvious conflict of interest between ICI Homes builder Mori Hosseini and four of the seven members of the Volusisa County Council. 

County Councilman Josh Wagner family man, lawyer & all-around good guy

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Daytona politician not afraid to let his hair down

County Councilman Joshua Wagner of Daytona Beach as a youth with long hair / Headline Surfer®County Councilman Joshua Wagner of Daytona Beach, Fla, with family / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Volusia County Councilman Joshua Wagner is shown in a vintage high school photo and with his wife, JenniferHall, Wagner, and their two small children, at a swearing in ceremony in 2013 for his second term.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Joshua Wagner is constantly on the go, multi-tasking as lawyer, politician and most important of all, as a family man.

And he always tries to accommodate the media, like he did Friday on his way home with a quick call to answer a few questions from Headline Surfer® while en route to meet his wife. After all, this was their fifth anniversary.

Chicago Cubs' highly-touted centerfield prospect Albert Almora assigned to Daytona squad

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Photos for Headline Surfer® / Hialeah native Albert Almora, the prized outfield prospect of the Chicago Cubs, will be manning centerfield this season for the Daytona Cubs.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Highly-touted centerfield prospect Albert Almora, the 6th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, has been assigned to the Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League, officials with the Chicago Cubs announced Sunday.

Almora, who bats ands throws right-handed, is the parent club's No. 2 overall-ranked prospect, having received a $3.9 million bonus when he signed with the National League Central Division team out of Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah, Fla.

Center for Behavioral Medicine in Port Orange to open this week

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Will serve New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County as well

Center for Behavioral Medicine in Port Orange, Fla., to open April 1 / Headline SurferSalvador Leo Cevallos, MD / Headline Surfer®Shane Porter, licensed health therapist / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Salvador Leo Cevallos MD (shown in the middle), Shane Porter, LMHC ( shown near left) and Anthony Capozzi MD (not shown), head up the Center for Behavioral Medicine, 1730 Dunlawton Ave., Suite 3, Port Orange, as shown at far left.
 

PORT ORANGE -- While many Doctors are closing their doors in fear of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, residents of the cities of Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County are excited about a group of prominent community physicians who are taking a bold step forward in opening the Center for Behavioral Medicine as early as Tuesday.

Biker rights attorney Michael Politis among internet newspaper's top award recipients

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Michael Politis, featured Bike Week attorney and award-recipient / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Michael Politis is among the leading attorneys in Central Florida for biker rights, accidents and litigation. Oh, and he doesn't just sit behind a desk. He rides, too. Bike Week begins Friday and runs through March 16.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Bike Week starts Friday and what better way to introduce the nation's largest motorcycle rally than recognizing Michael Politis, selected as one of the Headline Surfer® recipients of a lifetime achievement award for service to the greater Daytona Beach community.

Greatest NASCAR Race Ever: Dale Earnhardt takes checkered flag in 1998 Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH -- It can easily be argued to a jury of 12 NASCAR fans that the single greatest race in the history of stock car racing beyond a reasonable doubt has to be the 1998 Daytona 500.

63. Stetson University sand volleyball team wins national honors

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Stetson sand volleyball team wins national honors / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Members of the Stetson University sand volleyball team stand tall.

DELAND -- For the second straight year, the Stetson sand volleyball program was selected as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

The Stetson sand volleyball team's accolades come in as the No. 63 story in the Headline Surfer® countdown of the top 100 stories of 2013.

The academic award is presented annually in August to volleyball programs that maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

The Hatters completed the 2012-13 academic year in with a 3.40 team GPA.

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Daytona 500 Through the Years: 1960, Junior Johnson wins race featuring 37-car pile-up

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Highlights of the 1960 Daytona 500 are shown in the footage, including crashes.
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A race car's gas tank ruptures and leads to flames. Race winner Junior Johnson is shown in the inset.

 

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

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.

With nine laps to go, Johnson took commands of the race and never looked back as he took the checkered flag.

Driver Profile: Dale Earnhardt, Jr, most popular 10 years running

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. speaks during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on his prospects for the Daytona 500 and the upcoming Sprint Cup season.  

DAYTONA BEACH -- Without a doubt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remains the most popular driver in NASCAR, and why not?

The son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt has finished second in the last two Daytona 500 races, along with a win in the big race in 2004, and he's among the drivers expected to be there when the while flag is drop to signify one lap to go a week from Sunday.

Could this be the breakout season for Earnhardt to finally get that first Spring Cup championship? Junior, of course, is always optimistic ands his chances are as good as any, especially as one of the drivers for Hendrick Motorsports.

Earnhardt is one of the drivers in tonights Sprint Unlimited race under the lights at Daytona.

Earnhardt will be among the drivers Headline Surfer® will feature during Speedweeks leading up to the Great American Race -- the Daytona 500.

Aloe Blacc to sing national anthem for Daytona 500

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Aoloe Blacc to sing national anthem for Daytona 500 / Hreadline Surfer®Photo for Hreadline Surfer® / Recording artist loe Blacc will sing the national anthem before the gree flag is dropped for the Daytona 500.

DAYTONA BEACH – Singer, songwriter Aloe Blacc will perform the National Anthem prior to the 56th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins 2014 Daytona 500 -- full race coverage

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Who can forget Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s stellar performance in winning the 2014 Daytona 500, especially after a six-hour rain delay early on?

Now you can watch the entire race right here on HeadlineSurfer.com.

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Oak Hill RiverFest May 10 / Headline Surfer® / HeadlineSurfer.comHeadline Surfer® video / Check out the watermelon-eating contest at last year'a Oak Hill RiverFest,  the premier Spring event in the family-friendly city.

OAK HILL -- Wherever Linda Hyatt goes these days, whether it's the post office, the Burns Sci-Tech Charter School or her old stomping grounds at City Hall, this community is abuzz over the upcoming RiverFest at Mary DeWees Park.

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DELTONA -- What if one day Cuba put troops in Miami because there are Cubans there and they were worried they are not being treated fairly Would America stand up? So why then when Putin invaded the sovereign nation of Ukraine's Crimea region using the same logic, nothing was done by the Obama Administration save for worthless economic sanctions?

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OAK HILL -- Spring is definitely in the air and trees here in Oak Hill are showing off their shiny new leaves like Easter outfits.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- I would like to take a moment here to let the Headline Surfer® readers in on a little secret. That secret is Serafina King Frederick, who is Publisher Henry Frederick's wife and partner in making this online media source one to be reckoned with.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Many people believe that ADHD is a problem seen only in childhood that children "grow out of." Yet, about half of those who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in childhood continue to have it into adulthood.

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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YouTube download / NASCAR video / Kevin Harvick wins at Darlington.

Kevin Harvick shot past Dale Earnhardt, Jr. under rhe lights in overtime Saturday night to take the checkered flag for his first win in the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

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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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