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Occasional New Smyrna Beach resident Johnny Damon signs with Cleveland Indians

Johnny Damon NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Future Hall of Famer and occasional New Smyrna Beach resident Johnny Damon has been picked up by the Cleveland Indians for the 2012 MLB season, his sixth team.

Zimmerman could face 25 to life if convicted of manslaughter in Sanford slaying of Trayvon Martin due to enhancers

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Justice for Trayvon: A Search for AnswersTrayvon Martin
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- I'm no lawyer, but I have extensively covered Florida's criminal and civil courts in Daytona Beach and DeLand as a member of the working press since the mid-1990s, including the appeals and ultimate death sentence execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos and the civil trial won by Dale Earnhardt's widow in keeping his autopsy photos sealed from the public. With national media outlets predicting a manslaughter charge by the special prosecutor against George Zimmerman in the Sanford gunshot slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, some experts have said he could get as little as five years if convicted. I disagree.

Florida statutes are clear on manslaughter. Because Trayvon was a minor, that's an enhancer that makes the charge "aggravated manslaughter." And because a firearm was used in the killing, Florida's 10-20-life statute must be applied. presents 'Justice for Trayvon: A Search for Answers'

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Justice for Trayvon: A Search for AnswersTrayvon Martin

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Certainly the slaying of Trayvon Martin has captured the attention of the world. It is a story that originated in Sanford in nearby Seminole County. Though is a small operation, we believe this is a story that tugs at local heart strings.

And though not directly connected to this incident, there are stories here in Volusia County that are eerily similar to issues of race, interpretation of the law and how we as a community deal with news that impacts our lives for better or worse. Our investigative series is called: "Justice for Trayvon: A Search for Answers."

As a veteran award-winning journalist, this reporter will bring you his insights and reporting to shed light on one of the most impactful tragedies of our time. We'll take you to the story in our unique multimedia approach of words, sound and sight with a series of stories, blogs, photos and videos. 

How is it many today have become ignorant of our founding principles?

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.” -- Thomas Jefferson

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Is it not ironic that Thomas Jefferson is an icon of the Democrat Party? And that he would be on record believing that government, in order to be “good” government,” should be minimal and stay out of the way of individuals’ efforts to profit from their labor?

Making the Grade: Gov. Scott appoints special investigator for Trayvon Martin

Grade: A

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Jacksonville area State Attorney Angela Corey as special prosecutor to head the state's investigation into the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The governor also announced that Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll will oversee a task force to study the merits of the "Stand Your Ground" law, which Sanford police cited as the reason George Zimmerman wasn't charged in the killing of the 17-year-old Miami boy.

Media and race baiting deplorable

Grade: F

100-acre-plus brush fire west of New Smyrna Beach destroys mobile home; evacuations ordered


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Firefighters are battling a 100-plus-acre wildfire off Ranchette Road, which is south of State Road 44 and west of New Smyrna Beach, that has already destroyed a mobile home with evacuations ordered for other nerarby residences, Volusia County officials said just after 5 this afternoon.

The fire was reported at 1:42 p.m. with evacuations ordered on Shadow Walk Lane and Oak Rim Lane. One mobile home on Oak Rim Lane has been destroyed.

"According to fire officials, the fast-moving fire is uncontained," said Pat Kuehn, a spokeswoman for Volusia County. She saidVolusia County Fire Services is the lead fire agency. Also on scene are the Florida Forest Service, the Firewalkers Team and firefighters from New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Deltona, DeLand and Daytona Beach.

Trayvon Martin's parents in exclusive interview after Miami rally: 'We are not alone in this fight for justice' video by Henry Frederick / While countless media outlets covered Sunday's downtown Miami rally for Trayvon Martin, the slain teen's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, granted an exclusive interview to, which you can watch by clicking the video. There are videos of the rally at the bottom of the story.

MIAMI -- The contrasting emotions of two parents grieving over the gunshot slaying of their teenage son were evident following the big rally in Miami attended by thousands of people demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.

In an exclusive interview granted to, New Smyrna Beach's 24/7 Internet newspaper, inside the tinted windows of an SUV and away from the glare of the media cameras, Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, continued to shed tears, even as she spoke of hope in a loud and clear voice. Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, his Florida Marlins cap casting a shadow over his weary face, echoed the feeling of hope while defending the honor of his son and that of the family in general in a hushed voice.

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