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Daytona Mayoral Candidate Edith ShelleyDaytona Beach Mayoral Candidate Derrick HenryEdith Shelley, the zone 1 Daytona Beach City Commissioner, won Tuesday's primary in the race for Daytona Beach mayor with Derrick Henry, finishing second. This sets the stage for the Nov. 6 general election showdown.

DAYTONA BEACH -- In thanking his supporters for his second-place showing in the primary for Daytona Beach mayor, Derrick Henry is counting on party identification for the vote in the Nov. 6 general elections, even though that race is non-partisan.

Henry, a Democrat, finished second in Tuesday's primary to City Commissioner Edith Shelley among four contestants. The primary vote was just a warm up for the big prize for the 2012 candidates for elective office. And Henry wasted little time in establishing party identification through President Obama, though he didn't mention him by name.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- More Fortune 500 companies are involved in NASCAR than in 2008, according to a recent review of brands currently using the sport to drive business.

The analysis looked at companies that either sponsor NASCAR teams, tracks, the sanctioning body, or are media partners. The number of current Fortune 500 companies invested in NASCAR (114) remains higher than any other sport. In 2012 alone, more than 24 brands entered the sport, including a handful of Fortune 500 companies.

NASCAR's Brian France"Some of the world's most profitable and successful corporations choose NASCAR to help drive their businesses," said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. "These companies bring a great amount of rigor to where they make investments. This is especially true when it comes to marketing - and the sponsorship channel in particular - where they are looking for strong return on investment."

"Some of the world's most profitable and successful corporations choose NASCAR to help drive their businesses," said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. "These companies bring a great amount of rigor to where they make investments. This is especially true when it comes to marketing - and the sponsorship channel in particular - where they are looking for strong return on investment."

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DAYTONA BEACH -- It was only the second day of pre-season practice for Bethune-Cookman volleyball, but coach Isaac Raphael was nonetheless pleased with his team's progress.

"We're way ahead of where we were last year," Raphael said after Friday's second session. "We may be ahead of where we were at the middle of last season. The newcomers may not be physically accustomed to two-a-days, but volleyball-wise, they have the fundamentals."

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bethune-Cookman University will open its 2012 football training camp Thursday at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex while enhancements to its on-campus facilities in Daytona Beach near completion.

Inclement weather delayed renovations, including a re-sodding of the practice field, in addition to a new practice track, pole vault and jump pits for the track and field program. When it became apparent that on-campus facilities would be not be available, the B-CU administration employed its contingency plan.

Bethune-Cookman University Athletic Director Lynn W. Thompson"We've exercised the option of relocating the first two weeks of practice," said Lynn W. Thompson B-CU's director of athletics. "We're honored that the City of New Smyrna Beach has welcomed our program and has extended its facilities to us."

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Daytona Beach News-Journal Editor Pat Rice Headline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / Daytona Beach News-Journal Editor Pat Rice, as shown here in a July 24 debate in New Smyrna Beach, will moderate his newspaper's final primary season debate tonight in Flagler County.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Daytona Beach News-Journal will hold the final of its four public candidate debates tonight in Palm Coast at Daytona State College's Flagler/Palm Coast campus, Alan Smolen Amphitheater, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway Southeast.

The newspaper's debate session begins at 5:30 p.m. with a public-candidate meet and greet, followed by a debate for Flagler County sheriff between incumbent Don Fleming and fellow Republicans John Pollinger and Ray Stevens and Democrats Karl Tozzi and Jim Manfre, former sheriff.

The series of media debates are a lead-in to early voting that begins Aug. 4-8, followed by the Aug. 14 primary. The News-Journal has promoted its "partnerships" with Daytona State College in three of the debates and Stetson University in DeLand for the fourth, featuring the candidates for Volusia county chair.

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Attorney Raven SwordAttorney Katherine Hurst MillerPrivate attorneys Raven Sword and Katherine Hurst Miller, shown left to right respectively, along with assistant public defender Steven Gosney, will have a hand in helping to choose candidates to serve on the bench in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Steven N. Gosney, Katherine Hurst Miller and Raven E. Sword to the 7th judicial circuit nominating commission.

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Photo for Headline Surfer / Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet, crosses the finish line ahead of Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet, to win the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

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Kurt Busch celebrates at DaytonaPhoto credit Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images / Kurt Busch celebrates in Victory Lane on Friday after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- They call it the "Big One" and Friday's Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway lived up to the billing with a crash on lap 66 that collected 15 cars. Kurt Busch escaped with some damage to later take the checkered flag in his battered No. 1 Chevrolet.

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Jim ChisholmPhoto from Daytona Beach city website / Daytona Beach's eight-year city manager is not leaving the World's Most Famous Beach, at least not for Sarasota, where he was among the top 3 vying for the same post there.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Jim Chisholm, Daytona Beach's city manager since 2004, may have made the final round of three for the same post in Sarasota, but after he failed to garner more than one vote Monday by that commission, he was no longer in the running. 

Sarasota officials are now looking to re-start their search process, seemingly uninpressed with the final big 3. Neither Chisholm nor the other two finalsts wowed the city commission there. The Sarasota Herald Tribune led off its online story after Monday's meeting making it clear officials there were far from wowed: "The City of Sarasota is desperate. But not that desperate."

The Sarasota newspaper quoted City Commissioner Shannon Snyder as saying of the choices, "I'm not voting for any of them."

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Anthony Michael ShawAnthony Michael Shaw, 35, known to local police as shown in this March booking mug, was found dead over the weekend in a homeless camp in a wooded area of Daytona Beach. His name was released to the media on Monday. How or why he died has not been released.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The body of a homeless man found in a makeshift camp in the woods of Brentwood rive over the weekend has been identified as that of 35-year-old Anthony Michael Shaw. How the man was killed or when has not ye been released by police.

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