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Primary Results / Headline Surfer®

Gov. Rick Scott won the GOP primary in Florida & Volusia County / Headline Surfer®Charlie Crist won Democrativ primary in Florida & Volusia County / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
In the wake of Tuesday's primaries, it's now officially a November showdown for Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican turned independent turned Democrat.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The percentage margin off victory by Gov. Rick Scott against two GOP challengers in Tuesday's primary was greater than that of former Gov. Charlie win over Nan Rich in the Democratic primary.

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John Mica on ballot / Headline Surfer®DELTONA -- It's Congressman John Mica of Winter Park and three relative unknowns challenging him in the Republican primary representing congressional district 7.

Headline Surfer® endorses Mica who has become a stalwart in Washington since first taking office there in 1993.

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Karen Foxman, a supervising director of operations and a lead prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office in Daytona Beach. She is the endorsed candidate of HeadlineSurfer.com in the race for Circuit Judge, Group 18.

DAYTONA BEACH -- If there is one adjective that clearly doesn't fit with describing Karen Foxman and her progression in a court of law, it's entitlement. Especially considering the Foxman name: Her husband, Matt Foxman is a circuit judge.

Her brother-in-law, David Foxman, is a Volusia County judge. And her father-in-law, S. James Foxman, not only is a retired circuit judge, but the Justice Center in Daytona Beach bears his name.

Married into a family of judges, you might be surprised to hear in this endorsement that, if elected, she has the potential to enhance the legacy of what it truly means to be a Foxman -- not by bloodlines or marriage, but sense of responsibility, understanding and application of the rule of law in a truly meaningful way.

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Ratting out episode leads to coveted chairmanship, free meal at taxpayer expense

DAYTONA BEACH -- It was the ultimate betrayal. An email sent by then-Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority Vice Chairman Tom Clapsaddle to County Councilwoman Deb Denys sitting on the dais with rumor and innuendo that led to the ouster of his colleague and board chairman, Palmer Wilson that October day.

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Violence in heart of Daytona endemic / Headline Surfer®Brenda Reynolds, charged with 2nd degree murder in Daytona stabbing / Headline Surfer®Photo and graphic for Headline Surfer® / Brenda Reynolds, shown here at left in a booking mug, is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail on a second-dsegree murder charge in connection with the stabbing sdeath of a woman in her residence at 847 N.orth St. The electronic map shows more than  crimes in the past year within a 1-mile radius of the residence. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The continuing violence that has gripped this city for the better part of four years now continued Friday night with a woman plunging a large steak kniife into the upper chest of a friend in her bedroom.

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The Sunday Conversation / Headline Surfer

NSB Shadadow logo for Nahum Litt blog site / Headline Surfer®Deb Denys, incumbent County Councilwoman for district 3 skipped debates / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / The logo at far left is that of the NSB Shadow, who under the get-up is Nahum Litt, a retired federal judge turned-local/county watchdog with one of the first blog sites in Florida. In the inset is one of his targets of criticism, Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys, who Litt insists looks foolish, having purposely skipped the recent HeadlineSurfer.com public candidate debates in Oak Hill. Her challengers, David Machuga and Justin Kennedy, were there, but she wasn't. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Headline Surfer® spoke with Nahum Litt, known by his alter ego, the NSB Shadow, about the hotly-contested district 3 County Council race between incumbent Deb Denys and her challengers, David Machuga of New Smyrna Beach and Justin Kennedy of Edgewater. The following is a summary of a phone conversation earlier this Sunday morning with Litt in his own words:

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Internet social media site making up for Daytona Beach News-Journal slack on key political coverage in Southeast Volusia; Grade: A-plus

Blog spots like New Smyrna Beach Mom are reporting frontline news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to ignore on what could be one of the biggest election battles of 2014, that not only puts the spotlight on the controversial run Deb Denys has had since her return to elective office nearly two years ago, and hearkening to her disastrous four years on the Volusia County School Board back in the early 1990s. 
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Community blog spots like "New Smyrna Beach Mom" are carrying the news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to pretend is not happening and that's former Edgewater City Councilman Justin Kennedy's filing Nov. 19 with the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections to run for the district 3 County Council seat held by Deb Denys of New Smyrna Beach, whose two-year reign has been disappointing, to say the least.

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ORMOND BEACH -- The 26-year-old son of State Rep. David Hood was found dead in a neighbor's pool in Ormond Beach, the apparent victim of a drowning, according to statements from the family and police.

The body of Clay Hood was discovered this morning in a neighbor's pool, according to police.

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Award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary celebration / Headline Surfer®

Headline Surfer videos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson appears in the 24/7 internet newspaper's video interview, 'The Sunday Conversation' on Sept. 23, 2012.
 
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson honored by 24/7 internet newspaper / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson has always been a straight shooter with this media outlet.
 
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's being recognized by Headline Surfer® as part of its fifth anniversary celebration as top cop; not just because his agency is the county's largest, but because of his leadership and professionalism.

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Pettys fly over wall in preliminary races; Arizona driver killed in practice

Marvin Panch, winner of the 1961 Daytona 500 / HeadlineSurfer.comMarvin Panch, NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers / HeadlineSurfer.comVideo by NASCARAllOut / Use by Headline Surfer® / Pontiac was the dominant car for the 1961 running of the Daytona 500, and Marvin Panch who didn't even have a ride for the season, won the race as a last-minute driver behind the wheel of a year-old Pontiac for race car owner Smokey Yunick on the recommendation of fellow driver Fireball Roberts, who had the pole and led the most laps before blowing an engine in the closing laps.
 
SPECIAL FEATURE: Headline Surfer® brings you a snapshot of every Daytona 500 race, from 1959 to the present. This segment: 1961...
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Fireball Roberts led the most laps -- 170 -- but on lap 187, it was the driver he recommended team owner Smokey Yunick also sponsor for the Daytona 500 who passed him to go on and take the checkered flag after 13 laps out front.

It was the first 500 without a caution, though tensions were high going into the 500 with some big crashes and a fatal during Speedweeks.

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