Motorsports

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway has undertaken a new project to further improve the infield for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and NASCAR Weekends.

"Daytona International Speedway is putting the construction vehicles to work as the 'World Center of Racing' has undertaken another improvement project in the infield that will provide benefits to the fan experience for Rolex 24 At Daytona and NASCAR weekends," DIS spokesman Andrew Booth said in a press release.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Running second with a few laps left on June 12, 2013, Jason Leffler was involved in a crash during a sprint car heat race at the 58-mile Bridgeport Speedway in  Logan Township, NJ, resulting in his  his car suffering a front suspension failure that caused it to crash into a wall and flip over repeatedly.

THE BEACHES

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Volusia County's Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet welcomes 1 millionth visitor

PONCE INLET, Fla. -- Nobody is certain whether it was the toddler, Haven, or her baby sister, Hazel, in the stroller with an assist from dad, as to who was actually first through the door.

In the grand scheme of things, it's the Kolluri family of Monroe, La,. officially counted as the 1 millionth visitor Wednesday through the doors of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet.

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2016 ReWIND: Top 100 Stories for greater Daytona, Sanford & Orlando (11-15)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is counting down the Top 100 stories of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando metro area otherwise known as the I-4 corridor of Central Florida through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. 

Among the top 5 contenders for the No. 1 story of the year in no particular order so as not to spoil the surprise: The Pulse gay nightclub terrorist massacre; the ugliness of the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; the continuing saga over homelessness in Daytona Beach; records tied or broken in NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Beach yet again leading Volusia County in homicides. 

So far Headline Surfer has presented recaps for stories ranked 16-100. Previous segments have come in story recaps of 10, but now that the countdown has arrived at the top 20, this current segment captures stories ranked 11-15. Then it will be 10-6, 5-2 and then No. 1 by itself. So without further delay, here are story recaps 11-15:

Education

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Gov. Rick Scott appoints Edgewater businesswoman to Daytona State College Board

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott has announced the appointment of Sarah Dougherty, an Edgewater businesswoman, to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees.

Videos

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As the UK grapples with an increase in acid attacks, one victim has spoken out about about how a night time assault changed his life. (July 17)

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More than a century since the first successful transit of the treacherous Northwest Passage, the AP journeys through the Arctic’s melting sea ice to explore impacts of climate change on one of world’s most remote and fragile environments. (July 17)

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Brian Gertler is a resident director at Greenville University in Illinois and lives in an apartment in a freshman dormitory. His dog Dudley's barking was keeping students awake at night, so Gertler trained the dog to bark in a whisper. (July 17)

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US Army General John Nicholson confirmed the killing of Abu Sayed - the head of the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan. Nicholson said Sayed was killed in an airstrike in Kunar province. (July 15)
 

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Tens of thousands joined a national unity march in Istanbul on Saturday, converging at the iconic July 15 Martyrs' Bridge to mark the anniversary of the failed military coup attempt that 250 people died resisting. (July 15)

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Illinois officials said Friday some 6,800 buildings have been affected north of Chicago, and the damage is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin. (July 14)
 

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