Friday, November 17, 2017
News Roundup

What you need to know for Christmas weekend

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• You never know, just maybe you looked out the window this morning and saw snow, and then stepped outside to find little reindeer prints on your roof. But chances are it will actually just be racing toward the mid-80s again and overcast, according to 10Weather WTSP. Merry Christmas just the same.

• Looking for a good read today after opening the presents? Check out the final installment of our Failure Factories series on the Pinellas County public school system.

• And after that, well, there are still plenty of things to do if you want to get out of the house today, from St. Petersburg Bowl fun to a reunion of the area's best indie musicians in Ybor.

• But wait, there's more: From the beaches to swims with manatees, we have a dozen oh-so-Florida ways to spend the holidays in our weekend planner.

• Columnist Tom Jones ranks the top 10 local sports stories of the year this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Thomas Bassinger studies the film and produces this week's scouting report on the Bucs game against the Chicago Bears. Look for it at tampabay.com/bucs.

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