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‘This could have happened here’

‘This could have happened here’

Daytona Beach, others reflect on Orlando shooting during multi-faith prayer service. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES In the wake of a mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, the Daytona Beach community came together on Monday to pray, reflect and offer support. A multi-faith prayer was held at the Daytona Beach Police Department. About 200 people […]

Gay leaders: ‘Tears are not enough’

Gay leaders: ‘Tears are not enough’

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Walking through a Chicago airport on Sunday, it wasn’t merely the horrific massacre of 49 clubgoers at a gay bar in Orlando earlier that morning that reduced Christian Ulvert to tears. It was how he heard a couple of fellow travelers characterizing the event. “They […]

National NAACP leader to speak at local banquet

National NAACP leader to speak at local banquet

Hilary Shelton, the National NAACP’S Washington bureau director and senior vice president for advocacy, will be the keynote speaker for the Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP’s 43rd annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet. The event is Saturday, June 25, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. “We have planned another very special event […]

The controversy over using public bathroom

The controversy over using public bathroom

What it’s like to live under North Carolina law if you’re transgender BY MATT PEARCE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Going to the bathroom in public makes Payton McGarry nervous now. He’s worried somebody will confront him. Or, worse, attack him. So before he leaves his apartment, he asks himself: “Have I drunk too much water today?” […]

Retired barber ready to teach B-CU students

Retired barber ready to teach B-CU students

Etavius Russ wants to partner with the university to provide a healthy environment for aspiring stylists to do hair. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Master barber and and entrepreneur Etavius Russ has more than 42 years of experience in the barbering business. Russ is now retired, but he has a vision: He wants to create […]

‘Inspires others and gives selflessly of themselves’

‘Inspires others and gives selflessly of themselves’

Local businessman among Juneteenth Hometown Heroes BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Mario Davis will be one of the Volusia County residents honored on June 16 during the annual Juneteenth Hometown Heroes event at the Midtown Cultural and Education Center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd. The banquet begins at 7 p.m. Davis, president and owner of […]

Town hall meetings to address health issues

Town hall meetings to address health issues

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Residents with health concerns are being encouraged to share their thoughts during a series of community health town hall series hosted by the Florida Department of Health Volusia County. Each event focuses on some of the leading causes of mortality in certain municipalities. Two health town hall meetings are scheduled […]

CDC: 38 percent of US adults now obese

CDC: 38 percent of US adults now obese

Children and teens are at 17 percent, new studies show BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS How do government agencies, private foundations, industry groups and professional societies squander hundreds of millions of dollars? By trying to fight America’s obesity epidemic. Two new studies show that the best efforts of all these players — as well […]

Florida stores helping consumers buy foreign drugs despite ban

Florida stores helping consumers buy foreign drugs despite ban

BY PHIL GALEWITZ KAISER HEALTH NEWS/TNS LAKELAND – A hardy market for imported low-cost prescription drugs has taken root in Florida, nourished by older Americans and tolerant regulators. About 15 storefront businesses across Florida claim to help thousands of customers each year place online orders from pharmacies in Canada and overseas for medicines at prices […]

‘Ready to get to college’

‘Ready to get to college’

Two 17-year-old high school graduates reflect on graduating early and their career goals. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Thousands of high school students graduated from the Volusia and Flagler counties school systems last week. Among them were best friends Melinda Jeffries-Beamon and Charnee Irvin, both 17 year-olds who graduated from Atlantic High School in Port […]