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Biggest losers are big winners in mayor’s challenge

Biggest losers are big winners in mayor’s challenge

DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Gary Salt was the biggest loser at the second annual Daytona Beach Mayor’s Fitness Challenge. Salt lost the highest percentage of weight during the event, which actually made him the biggest winner. For his achievement, he took home a shiny new first-place trophy along with $200 and a $125 coupon to Spikes […]

City touts boost in minority hiring

City touts boost in minority hiring

The NAACP is unimpressed because the latest diversity report doesn’t  include a racial breakdown. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The City of Daytona Beach has been under fire for diversity and equal opportunity practices in its workforce, which has resulted in discrimination lawsuits. While one fired employee fights to recover lost wages, benefits, attorney fees, […]

‘It’s always safety first’

‘It’s always safety first’

Black bikers respond to report on accidents BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES “Big C’’ and “Unique’’ are all about bike safety. During this year’s Bike Week, the 10-day event was marred by unfortunate incidents on roadways involving bikes. Two bikers, who would only use their nicknames, cited the need for motorcyclists to use safety measures. […]

Stetson professor wins national diversity award

Stetson professor wins national diversity award

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Patrick Coggins, chair of the Faculty Senate and member of the President’s Cabinet at Stetson University, has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The honor is the only national award that recognizes college […]

Hukill to miss remainder of state legislative session

Hukill to miss remainder of state legislative session

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Senate Education Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill will not return before the end of the regular legislative session as she undergoes another round of radiation treatment. Hukill, who has been a member of the Florida Senate since 2012, after serving eight years in the House, is recovering from surgery for cervical cancer […]

Fatalities, new report put blemish on Bike Week

Fatalities, new report put blemish on Bike Week

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Bike Week 2017 continues through this weekend with hundreds of thousands of bikers participating in events just for them throughout Volusia County. During the start of the two-week event, however, there was some disturbing news revealing that Florida had a 30 percent increase in motorcycle deaths in 2015. According to […]

Local task force to address legal issues of homeless

Local task force to address legal issues of homeless

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES A new task force has been created to provide legal and law enforcement input regarding the operations of the First Step Shelter, a proposed emergency homeless shelter in Daytona Beach. The Volusia Criminal Justice Task Force on Homelessness, which is made up of members of law enforcement, the legal justice […]

Scientists fear hurricane forecasts will suffer under Trump administration

Scientists fear hurricane forecasts will suffer under Trump administration

BY JENNY STALETOVICH MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – A growing chorus of scientists is raising the alarm over reports of Trump administration budgets cuts that would affect climate change research and hurricane forecasting. On Monday, 32 Florida scientists sent a letter to the president voicing worry over reports that the Department of Commerce, which overseas the […]

A bigger and better Bike Week?

A bigger and better Bike Week?

Organizers of event in Black community hoping to bring in more vendors and boost economy BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bike Week 2017 rolls into town this weekend and area merchants and organizers are hoping this one will bring more vendors, bikers and money into the Black community. The annual biker event starts March 10 […]

A lesson in Florida’s Black heritage

A lesson in Florida’s Black heritage

B-CU students and local senior citizens spend a day exploring African-American history on the east coast. FROM STAFF REPORTS To celebrate the close of Black History Month, Daytona Beach’s Leisure Services Department in collaboration with Bethune-Cookman University’s College of Liberal Arts spent a day touring some of Florida’s Black history sites on the east coast. […]