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Rape kits delayed is justice denied, Part 3

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In a few weeks or months, we will learn the name of the Volusia County woman who, in 1997, had the bad fortune to encounter one Robert Sheridan Haar. Relying upon DNA evidence, police say Haar, 22 at the time, and two of his yet-unidentified predator pals abducted and gang raped her near Mud Lake in Daytona Beach.  She was 14 years old. To her attackers, she was just a piece of meat, a nameless target of opportunity. Today, Haar…

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In violent homes, every night is Halloween

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On Halloween, Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter Katie Kustura brings us a timely reminder that for many women and children, every night is “dark, and full of terrors.” Domestic violence is a notoriously underreported crime, but available statistics place Volusia County near the top of what State Attorney R.J. Larizza calls an epidemic. Larizza is fed up, and is putting together a broad-based community task force to bring the numbers down. Abusers are adept at convincing victims that they are to…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the first day of early voting in Florida

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Dear friends and casual Twitter followers: It is Florida election memo time! I know you all are excited. Fourteen days left. If Jaguars fans can survive the Gus Bradley era, America can do 14 days of this. Also of note: 18 days until FSU basketball tips off. So here are some notes on the first day of in-person early voting: Frankly, for fans of the home team, it’s all good news. Democrats entered the day down after about two weeks…

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Jack Latvala blasts proposed Senate maps in committee testimony

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After his testimony in front of the Senate panel on redistricting Friday, a lot of Alachua, Pasco, Sarasota and Volusia voters probably wish Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala was their senator, too. Latvala doesn’t sit on the Senate Reapportionment Committee and instead had to sign up to speak during the panel’s public comment time. During his nine minutes in front of the microphone, the senator from Pinellas County offered a stern rebuke of the map — all while committee chair Bill Galvano stared ahead with…

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Gov. Scott announces TQL expansion will create 100 new jobs in Daytona Beach

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that an Ohio-based logistics company will add 100 jobs and make $560,000 in capital investments in Volusia County. “TQL already employs approximately 450 Floridians and the creation of 100 additional jobs in Daytona Beach is exciting news. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created more than 940,000 private-sector jobs,” Scott said in a news release. “We wish TQL the best as they continue to grow and create new opportunities for Florida families.” TQL, short for…

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Pinellas Safe Harbor is a model for Volusia homeless shelter — for good and bad

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Government leaders in Volusia County are looking to Pinellas County to answer some looming questions over how to deal with the homeless population. The Atlantic Coast county’s leaders are looking at Pinellas Safe Harbor for all its wins, but also its losses. Government officials are quickly finding that the model in Pinellas may not work for Volusia County. According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, the Volusia County Council has used Pinellas’s homeless shelter in an old wing of the…

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