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Dwight Howard leaves Orlando for LA: Good riddance!

Dwight HowardORLANDO -- Dwight Howard has been traded -- this time for real to the Los Angeles Lakers. Good riddance!

The trade was first reported by ESPN, which said it involved four teams. More on that in a minute.

The reality is the Dwight-mare is over. No more he's staying, he's going. He's staying, he's going.

The Magic went through this back in the 90s when Shaquille O'Neal left as a free agent and signed with the Lakers. The reality, though, is Howard was a goner, now matter you slice it. At least the Magic are getting something in return this time.

Greater New Smyrna Beach is our home turf

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- We have a new umbrella trademarked name in Headline Surfer, but make no mistake about it: We are still NSBNews.net and greater New Smyrna Beach is our turf. When we launched Florida's first 24/7 Internet newspaper on April 7, 2008, the print media was in trouble.

It's no different now.

'Peter Mallory Day' in New Smyrna Beach

Peter MalloryHeadline Surfer Publisher Henry Frederick and Mayor Adam BarringerNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Adam Barringer stood tall in Tuesday night's City Commission meeting as he read aloud a proclamation declaring July 31, 2012, "Peter Mallory Day" in New Smyrna Beach.

As I stood next to the mayor, I felt a range of emotions: Sadness because Peter has passed on. But also happiness because Peter was recognized for his contributions to the city by the sea that he dearly loved and called home most of his life.

Undergoing some upgrades to emphasize content

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Please excuse some empty spaces and other distorted sections as we are in the process of undergoing some upgrades to provide more shortcuts to our content.

This will make it easier to find our archived special reports such as the Daytona 500 and our investigative reports such as "Show Me the Money: New Smyrna Beach."

Cyber stalker's name calling a cry for help

NSB ShadowNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- It's so nice to be loved. My life as an Internet newspaper editor and publisher is one of constant bombardment of messages -- good and bad.

For the most part, I take the bad with a grain of salt. 

There's the adage that if you are doing something right, you are going to have enemies.

Working on debate videos while trying to find venues for two more in Daytona and West Volusia

DSC and Stetson deny us venues for debates

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- We're processing the videos along with a story for the second of our eight debates Saturday at the Brannon Center, this one being the race for Volusia County Council dist. 3 between Deb Denys, Jim Hathaway and Justin Kennedy.

Following that, we'll have presentations for Volusia County chair, supervisor of elections, two county judgeships, clerk of the circuit court and state attorney. The county chair and state attorney debates, in particular, were pretty intense. We have been working virtually around the clock in producing these videos along with stories since our marathon series of debates Saturday at the Brannon Center.

Candidates and citizens have their say in 'public' debates

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The 250 people who attended our string of debates Saturday at the Brannon Center had the benefit of hearing what the candidates for eight elective offices had to say on pressing issues leading up to the Aug. 14 primary.

And even more important, they had the chance to ask questions directly of the candidate -- and not being filtered by media believing only it can properly ask questions.

Big debates today in New Smyrna Beach: Solutions, not rhetoric

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- There is a great disconnect between government and its citizens at all levels, but the gap appears to be widening here in Volusia County where elected politicians and their well-paid administrators and attorneys try to sell the public their version of being fiscally conservative, while cozying up to the power elite in the business community.

Colorado theater bloodbath reminder of new world order

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- I was working in my home office when my 18-year-old son bust in with "Dad, a guy with a bomb killed a bunch of people in a movie theater in Colorado when they were watching the Dark Night!"
I responded, "Henry, knock it off. I'm busy. Knock it off with all the video game violence on the Internet with your friends."
By the way he looked at me, I realized he wasn't joking -- definitely not when he pleaded, "Put on CNN. It's on there right now."
I hit the button and punched in the remote. Suddenly we both stopped talking. Then I said, "Oh my God."

News in Zimmerman case lightning fast in 21st-century digital world

Headline Surfer graphic on Zimmerman caseSANFORD -- Headline Surfer was among the first media outlets worldwide to report today's major developments in the George Zimmerman criminal case regarding his legal team's demand that the presiding judge be disqualified.

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