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THE DAYSTARTER: YOUR EARLY LOOK AT TODAY’S HEADLINES


Overnight fire at Thonotosassa mosque under investigation

Hillsborough fire crews are investigating an overnight fire at a mosque in Thonotosassa. The fire occurred at an entrance door of the Islamic Society of New Tampa, 15830 Morris Bridge Road, …

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Legal barriers complicate Clearwater's waterfront redevelopment

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Jones: Jameis Winston's pep talk to kids sends wrong message (w/video)

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Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

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Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

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Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

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Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

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  1. Cost rising to create 'quiet zone' in downtown Tampa for train horns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The cost of creating a "quiet zone" for train horns in downtown Tampa started at $2.7 million, but now has risen to more like $3.17 million.

    A CSX train leaves downtown Tampa along the tracks under the William F. Poe Parking Garage. The sound of train horns warning motorists has become a bigger problem as the number of people living in downtown Tampa has grown in recent years. [Times file, 2015]
  2. MOSI brings back pay for a day ticket deal starting Saturday

    Events

    Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry is bringing back its pay for a day ticket deal starting Saturday, giving guests free admission for the rest of the year with one admission ticket.

    Finnegan Dunn and Gracen Cole play in a "glowing rocks" tunnel exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa in 2015. [LOREN ELLIOT   |   Times (2015)]
  3. March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore

    Politics

    City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter thoroughfare.

    City plans call for making Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, in part by reducing the speed limit to 35 mph. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. White House chief of staff Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

    National

    WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said.

    White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. [Associated Press]
  5. Overnight fire at Thonotosassa mosque under investigation

    Fire

    Hillsborough fire crews are investigating an overnight fire at a mosque in Thonotosassa.

  6. Forecast: Rain, clouds clear for dry, sunny Gasparilla race weekend

    Weather

    An extremely slight chance of light rain may sprinkle across Tampa Bay on Friday before giving way to a dry, sunny weekend.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  7. Florida education news: Transgender students, school boundaries, food trucks and more

    Blogs

    GENDER ISSUES: Tampa Bay area school district officials say the Trump administration's latest rule on treatment of transgender students won't change their …

  8. Life expectancy is going up everywhere except in the U.S.

    Health

    Here's a rare bit of good news: People are living longer than ever.

    People practice Tai Chi at Fuxing Park in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 9, 2016. [Qilai Shen | Bloomberg]
  9. Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump transgender decision 'a disaster' (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Caitlyn Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.

    Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in Los Angeles in November 2016. Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. Jenner addressed Trump in a video posted Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, on Twitter. [Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP, File]
  10. Pinellas School Board to vote on $10.5 million project for technical high school

    Blogs

    The Pinellas County school district needs its School Board to approve a $10.5 million project for the district's first technical high school at Tuesday's board meeting.

Charlie Crist invites 8th grader and advocate for Syrian refugees to attend Donald Trump speech

A St. Petersburg eighth grader trying to help Syrian refugees will be the guest of U.S. Rep.Charlie Crist at Tuesday's address to Congress by President Donald Trump, who is barring Syrian refugees from America....

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Colby Rasmus' beard was described as "puke" worthy by Deadspin.

Rays' Colby Rasmus says we may not have seen last of beard

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