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THE DAYSTARTER: OUR GUIDE TO THE MORNING'S NEWS


Forecasters monitoring tropical system that's strengthening, could impact Tampa Bay

Forecasters were monitoring a large area of low pressure Monday morning that had a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within five days. Ear …

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  1. Slow trickle of residents from the doomed Mosley Motel has begun

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — In a small room with dirty walls, dead roaches plastered to the floor behind a bedside table, Darrell Duckett was focused on moving to his new home after two years at the Mosley Motel.

    Darrell Duckett moved into his new home in Clearwater last week. He bought a water-damaged mobile home for $1,000 but says it’s better than his former quarters at the Mosley Motel.
  2. Exclusive lounge to open in Amalie Arena along with Big Storm Brewing, Dunkin Donuts

    Business

    TAMPA — Amalie Arena employees have spent the summer getting the stadium ready for the upcoming National Hockey League season.

    Workers rush to complete the $2 million in upgrades to the Lexus Lounge on the ice level of Amalie Arena Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.  Lightning officials said the upgrades include a more spacious food area and more bar options with increased access. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times


  3. What to watch and listen to this week: First presidential debate of 2016, Presidential podcast

    Blogs

    First Presidential Debate, 8 p.m. Monday: The first presidential debate in one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history. Watch on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and CNN.

    The Presidential podcast examines each of our 44 presidents leading up the election of our 45th.
  4. 'A lot of pain' — Marlins cope with Fernandez's death

    The Heater

    MIAMI — Jose Fernandez made his major league debut against the New York Mets in 2013 and was scheduled to face them again Monday night.

    Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly struggles with his emotions as he speaks during the team's news conference about the death of Jose Fernandez on Sunday after the announcement of the death of their star pitcher, Fernandez, in an early morning boat accident Sunday, in Miami Beach. [Miami Herald, via Associated Press]
  5. Forecast: Hot, muggy and stormy for Tampa Bay, but relief on its way

    Weather

    Expect to see warm weather and afternoon showers for most of the week in Tampa Bay before a slight cold front provides a bit of relief this weekend, forecasters said Monday.

  6. Crash clogs traffic on Hillsborough Avenue in Town 'N Country

    Accidents

    Traffic is slowed on Hillsborough Avenue in Town 'N Country after a traffic crash early Monday morning.

  7. Forecasters monitoring tropical system that's strengthening, could impact Tampa Bay

    Hurricanes

    Forecasters were monitoring a large area of low pressure Monday morning that had a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within five days.

    Forecasters are monitoring a large area of low pressure that has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within the next five days. Early Monday morning, Invest 97L was located 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and is becoming better organized, forecasters said. [Weather Underground]
  8. Five ways to satisfy a pumpkin spice craving if you don't like pumpkin

    Cooking

    Every year, it creeps up ominously, a cozy essence that infiltrates everything. Long ago, it used to be contained to a cup of coffee. Maybe a Yankee candle. Now, it's in almost every major food group: bagels, yogurt, soup, candy.

    Creole-Spiced Fresh Corn and Crab Soup soothes the soul.
  9. Our Big Green Egg Christmas miracle: How we baked sweet rolls on the grill

    Cooking

    We call it the Year the Big Green Egg Saved Christmas.

    Overnight Cinnamon Sweet Rolls (Monkey Bread) are delicious fresh from the Big Green Egg or the oven.
  10. Hillsborough School Board race attracts two experts — one in teaching, the other in finance

    K12

    TAMPA — They didn't raise a lot of money — about $31,000 between them.

    Lynn Gray, right, talks with Aakash Patel, Founder and President of Elevate, Inc. during the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Centre Club in Tampa on Sept. 21, 2016. Gray, a veteran teacher, is a candidate running for the Hillsborough County School Board District 7 seat. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Lopez-Cantera. For most of the summer, the lieutenant governor and Miami Republican was hardly visible, almost in political exile. But since September began, Gov. Rick Scott suddenly has Lopez-Cantera back in the public eye, hitting the road, touring businesses, visiting schools and attending meetings....

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Chuck Hernandez, home in Tampa for a day from working as a coach in the Braves instructional league, got an early morning call from his son with the news.

Former Marlins coach Chuck Hernandez reflects on Jose Fernandez

Of all the people who worked with Jose Fernandez during his pro baseball career, Tampa's Chuck Hernandez, who was his first pitching coach with the Marlins, had among the closest connections, which made Sunday's news so staggering....

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Davonte Lambert made his NFL debut last week at Arizona.

Bucs rookie Lambert to start at DE for Ayers vs. Rams

The Bucs have undrafted rookie DaVonte Lambert starting at defensive end today against the Rams -- not second-round pick Noah Spence -- with starter Robert Ayers out with an ankle injury....

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