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The DayStarter: The pope makes a major statement about sex, marriage and family life; also, we list the bay area's top workplaces

Today's forecast is free of tornadoes, according to 10Weather WTSP. It should be nothing but clear skies with highs in the 70s before a cool front, minus the rain, moves in for the weekend.

• Pope Francis insisted that individual conscience be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life in a major document released Friday that rejects the emphasis on black and white rules for the faithful. In the 256-page document "The Joy of Love," Francis makes no change in church doctrine and strongly upholds that marriage is a lifelong commitment. But in selectively citing his predecessors and emphasizing his own teachings, Francis makes clear that he wants nothing short of a revolution in the way priests accompany Catholics, saying the church must no longer sit in judgment and "throw stones" against those who fail to live up to the Gospel's ideals of marriage and family life. "I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion," he wrote. "But I sincerely believe that Jesus wants a church attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness."

• The Tampa Bay Times' Top 100 Workplaces list is released this morning and will feature all the best places to work in Tampa Bay. Visit tampabay.com/money to see a number of those businesses' work practices in action.

• SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon. It's the first trip to the ISS for the Los Angeles-based commercial space company since one of its rockets exploded shortly after takeoff last summer, destroying a science experiment designed by Hillsborough County students. Those students have built a new experiment for Friday's launch. They hope it could yield valuable research for an eventual manned mission to Mars. Follow Josh Solomon on Twitter (@Josh_Solomon15) for updates.

• Delegates to a national convention are often just props in the ceremonial coronation of a party's pre-ordained presidential nominee. Not this year. With the raucous primary and possibility of a contested convention, many Floridians are vying to get picked as a delegate to the GOP convention in July.

• Opera fans get a treat tonight when Grammy winner Carlos Alvarez takes the stage tonight at the Straz Center in Don Giovanni. Andrew Meacham, our performing arts critic, talked to the opera star before this weekend's performances.

• When Robin Zander is inducted today along with the rest of Cheap Trick into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Safety Harbor can also take a bow, pop music critic Jay Cridlin writes. Known for snappy rock hits like Surrender and Dream Police, the band accepts rock music's biggest honor after 40 years together. The Zanders have been besieged by friends and strangers all over Safety Harbor, all offering hugs and handshakes and kudos.

• Let our critics and entertainment writers help you plan your weekend! We have everything from big rock shows to free concerts on the beach on our weekend planner. Meanwhile, here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

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