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Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes for back-to-back Daytona 500 victoris / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are many reasons to like Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s chances of winning the Daytona 500 for a second consecutive time. Here are five reasons in particular as observed by HeadlineSurfer.com:

• 1. PROVEN WINNER: He's already a two-time winner of the Great American Race, winning the first time in 2004 and again in 2014;

• 2. BLOODLINES: He's the son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr., seven-time NASCAR cup champion and 1998 winner of the Daytona 500;

• 3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: Junior is a driver for Rick Hendrick's team, the very best in stock car racing;


Jeany Gozalez leaves Oak Hill / Headline Surfer®OAK HILL, Fla. -- In tiny Oak Hill, where there are less employees than the fingers on one hand, Jeany Gonzalez has quietly gone about her tasks as an administrative assistant at City Hall. But after a decade on the job, Gonzalez, has called it a day for good.


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Right whale spotted 100 yards from New Smyrna Beach, Fl shoreline / Headline Surfer®Kem McNair captured spectacular shots of a right whale off the coast of New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®Photos by Kem McNair / For Headline Surfer® /
These spectacular still images along the shoreline at noon Tuesday show a right whale enjoying the water -- spraying water into the air, flapping its finds and sticking its head above water at times. 
Editor's Note: The internet newspaper will begin a year-long series of stories (once a month on a Sunday) on Kem McNair, shown here, beginning Sunday.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Veteran surfer Kem McNair not only is handy with a surf board, but with a camera as well as demonstrated by awesome stills he shot of a right whale swimming about 100 yards from the shore this afternoon.


Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 in Central Florida / Headline Surfer®

Dru Driscoll named fire chief of Daytona Bech, FL as shin with City Mgr Jim Chisholm / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The city hired a new fire chief and saved a little money in salary in the process.

Dru R. Driscoll, 36, was promoted in March with a salary of 17,000, which is $6,044 less than the $123,044 James Bland was making when he retired in April 2013, Daytona Beach city spokeswoman Susan Cerbone told the internet newspaper.


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Ruth Pierre-Charles of Stetson University on MLK Day / Headline Surfer®
MLK DAY / HEADLINE SURFERPhoto for Headline Surfer® / 
Ruth Pierre-Charles of Bradenton, shown here, is a freshman at Stetson University in DeLand, majoring in political science. The 19-year-old reflects on the meaning of the MLK holiday in a question & answer session with HeadlineSurfer.com.

DELAND, Fla. -- Ruth Pierre Charles, a 19-year-old freshman majoring in political science at Stetson University, is active on social media, especially issues affecting African Americans. With that in mind, the Bradenton resident was asked to reflect on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and what it mean to her.


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Ayala Edouard / student at Stetson University in DeLand, FL / Headline Surfer®By Ayala Edouard
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DELAND, Fla -- It was a chilly, rainy night this Monday evening. I was attending choir rehearsal with my fellow peers and community members. As the choir director was ending our session, he decided to announce to the whole choir that we would not be having a rehearsal the following Monday, due to the celebration of MLK Jr. Day.


Top 100 Local Stories of 2014 / Headline Surfer®

Dinah Pulver, Daytonna Beach News-Journal recognized for environmental reporting / Headline Surfer®

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The uncertain future of print media remains a challenge for the industry in the struggle to hold onto tradition while even internet news operations fight for acceptance as the drone of social media draws the masses.


Save Beach Driving / LetVolusiaVote.com / Headline Surfer®Elaine Barnicle / Let Voluysia Vote / Save Beach Driving / Daytona Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®Letter to the Editor /
By Elaine Barnicle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- I believe due diligence has not been conducted regarding an increase in beach tolls. It is reported revenue will double if tolls double, but there is no guarantee this increase will occur.


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2008 Honda CBR 600 RR like the one an Edgewater biker was killed on while speeding Christmas Day in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Mattheu Laurrell, 30, killed in motorcycle accident Christmas Day in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Matheu W. Laurrell was operating a 2008 Honda CBR 600 RR, a fast sport bike, like the one shown here at left in this snapshot, when he was killed on Thursday after striking a palm tree while speeding, according to New Smyrna Beach police. The type of bike was not included in an initial press release on the fatal accident that claimed the life of the 30-year-old Edgewater man on Christmas.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 30-year-old Edgewater motorcyclist was speeding while riding a 2008 Honda CBR 600 RR when he struck a palm tree in the 500 block off North Riverside Drive, splitting the tree in half and killing himself in the process on Christmas Day.

Matheu W. Laurrell, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:50 p.m. accident. The year, make and model of the motorcycle, standard information expected in a fatal crash summary to news media, was not included in a press release sent out by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department later that day.