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DELAND -- Stetson University's School of Business Administration has been named one of the nation's "Best 300 Business Schools" in a new guidebook released Tuesday by The Princeton Review.

The education services company compiles its guidebook of top business schools annually based on input from more than 19,000 students in Master of Business Administration programs accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, as well as statistical data received from the institutions.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 46 percent in September, compared with September 2009.

Airport officials attributed September’s traffic surge to competitive fares and increased capacity being offered by the airport’s two principal air carriers -- Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways.

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DELTONA -- A trafficking amount of cocaine was taken off the streets Monday by Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies during a special suppression operation targeting street crime in the Deltona area, an agency spokesman said.

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SOUTH DAYTONA -- In honor of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 3 – Oct. 9) the South Daytona Fire Department is hosting student safety tours at the fire station at 1672 S. Ridgewood Ave. through the first week of November.

Students from participating elementary and preschools are shown a safety video, play fire-safety games, get an up-close view of a fire engine and safety equipment and -- the highlight of the event -- take turns squirting a real water hose at a pretend fire.

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I have attended several of Marco Rubio's rallies. I finally feel after several years that I am around "my kind" of folks. Rubio offers a glimmer of hope for all Floridians because he is a candidate that shares the values of conservative Americans.

With his pledge to stop the stimulus, balance the budget, and keep the current tax cuts, we may become "The Single Greatest Nation" in history again.

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CBS Sunday Morning (Brighthouse channel 6 at 9 am) featured a story about kids’ letters from camp. It was laugh-out-loud funny and so familiar. Every kid who goes to camp wrote one during their first few days. It reminded me of the old song “Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder” (sung by Alan Sherman) which in my day was very popular, right on point and also funny unless you were that kid writing the letter.

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The life of an autistic child is a difficult one. Growing up is hard enough for the rest of us, can you imagine what they go through? The constant frustration and reminders of being academically behind, unable to communicate, and socially impaired, are the day-to-day factors in an autistic child's life. Continually, these children have to encounter rude behaviors, unfair treatment, and misunderstanding assumptions. All of these factors added together are the cause of the most frowned upon issue with autistic children: behavior.

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Good relationships don’t just happen. I’ve heard many of my clients state that, “If I have to work at it, then it’s not the right relationship.” This is not a true statement, any more than it’s true that you don’t have to work at good physical health through exercise, eating well, and stress reduction. I’ve discovered seven choices you can make that will not only improve your relationship, but can turn a failing relationship into a successful one.

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PORT ORANGE -- First United MethodistChurchof Port Orange is featuring its best selection of pumpkins at its Pumpkin Patch with more than 2,000 pumpkins and assorted gourds available.

The Pumpkin Patch is open noon to 8 p.m.Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Saturday and noon to 5 p.m.Sunday throughout the month of October.

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Here are some of the programs available at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, ongoing through Nov. 13:

Exhibition: Works by Master Artists Svetlana Chmokova, Paul Pope, and Craig Thompson Opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 15.

This exhibit features the work of Master Artists-in-Residence for ACA's themed Graphic Novel/Sequential Art Residency (Oct. 11-31): Svetlana Chmokova, Paul Pope, and Craig Thompson.

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