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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- Upcoming book club meetings at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., include review of Henry James’ gothic ghost story “The Turn of the Screw” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7; & Anthony Marra’s novel “The Constellation of Vital Phenomena” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. For more info., please call 386-676-4191, ext. 21084.


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Main Street in Daytona the scene for Bike Week / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Bikers crowd Main Street in Daytona Beach at mid-week in Daytona Beach during the 10-day motorcycle rally.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week is coming to an end and so far attendance has been light and fatalities have been limited to one.

The "500,000 bikers" figure that the Daytona-area Chamber of Commerce and local media have used for years has been exaggerated for the better part of a decade now.

And this year, there hasn't even been half that number of visitors for the 10-day rally that ends Sunday.

And as a result, fatalities are down, too. The lone biker fatality occurred in Deltona, though because it occurred during Bike Week, it's considered part of the biker rally since it's in the same county.

A motorcyclist lost his life Monday afternoon in a collision with a school bus in Deltona. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Millennials get most of their news from online sources, but don’t feel all that well-informed. That's the latest from a study conducted by Elite Daily with help from a research group at the University of Florida.



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PALM COAST, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott announced two reappointments to the Flagler County Housing Authority.




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Highlights of the 2004 & 2014 Daytona 500 rces won by Dale Ernhardt Jr.

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.


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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®
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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.