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Two tofddlers drown near Daytona Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /
This snapshot locator map shows the location where two toddlers drowned Thursday in a backyard swimming pool at 1406 Valencia Ave.,  outside the city limits of Daytona Beach.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two toddlers -- a boy and a girl -- died shortly after they were found unresponsive in a backyard swimming pool at a home near Daytona Beach late this morning morning, the victims of apparent drownings, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 1406 Valencia Ave., after the Sheriff’s Office received a frantic 9-1-1 call about two children not breathing after they were found in the pool. Deputies and paramedics began arriving at the scene within 3 minutes, and the children -- a 1-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl -- were rushed to area hospitals.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County’s plan for removing cars from the beach rolls like a juggernaut toward conclusion advertised as always, by the well paid minions of the Daytona Beach News-Journal in advertising through county tax dollars.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- You may call me crazy or paranoid but I don’t believe for one second that the United Airlines computer “glitch” and the one on Wall Street at the same time were both just flukes.

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Daytona Int'l Speedway track President Joie Chitwood, III / Headline Surfer®Daytona Int'l Speedway pr flak Andrew Booth / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joie Chitwood, III, president of Daytona International Speedway, was evasive in answering questions during a press conference early Monday after the last-lap crash that sent Austin Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet airborne and into the catch fence at the end of the Coke Zero 400, tearing a section out in the process with debris causing minor injuries to 13 fans in the grandstands before the car tumbled back onto the track upside down.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Who needed fireworks any way when thy were enough sparks and some flames to boot at the finish of the Coke Zero 400 just after Dale Earnhardt Jr., the checkered flag: A race car ripped down a section of fencing that sprayed debris into the stands injuring several fans in the process at Daytona International Speedway early this Monday morning.

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William "Bill" Koleszar, ex-Orlando police chief & Ne myrna Beach teident, died July 3, 015 / Headline Surfer®Former Orlando police chief

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Bill Koleszar did what few have been able to do: He fought (New Smyrna Beach, FL) City Hall on a September night in 2009, and he won!

William L. (Bill) Koleszar II , a resident of New Smyrna Beach and former Orlando police chief for a couple of years in the early 1980s, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015, after a lengthy battle with heart disease.

Born in Fairfield, Conn., Mr. Koleszar's candle burned brightly for 71 years across six continents.

From 1975 to 1982, he served as chief of police in Montpelier, Vt, and Arvada, Colo.; and as chief of police in Orlando, Fla, 198-1984. He also served on the cabinet of Colorado Gov. Richard D. Lamm as that state's first director of public safety, from 1984 to 1987.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR CEO Brian France has infuriated the stock car giant's fan base of Southerners by publicly challenging them to fold up their beloved Confederate flag and stick it in a drawer somewhere -- anywhere, but at his race tracks.

And by doing so has once again demonstrated in his leadership role the corporate adage: "Do as I say -- not as I do."

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Fireworks couple in Sanford, Florida for 4th of July, 2014 / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer videos by Henry Frederick / Here are the sights & sounds from the 2014 Fourth of July fireworks from the Sanford Pier. Shown belo are Sanford residents Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres sporting USA T-shirts.

SANFORD, Fla. -- Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres, along with their two small kids, were among the thousands of patriotic Central Florida citizens who descended upon the the Sanford Pier for the colorful lights and loud booming noises in the night sky.