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What you need to know for Friday, Aug. 12

High pressure pushes westward today, according to 10Weather WTSP, and afternoon temperatures will hit the low 90s but will feel much hotter. Expect the usual evening storms.

• We explore why an insurgent campaign for the U.S. Senate doesn't have Marco Rubio worried about an upset. Read about it

• A Florida Supreme Court ruling will send the state's workers compensation system topsy-turvy. See what two business leaders working on the issue think in a Q&A with business reporter Jeff Harrington this morning at

• Craig Richard, the new CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., has only been in his position since June, but has already arrived at a familiar conclusion when it comes to marketing Tampa Bay as a place to companies to bring jobs: The need for a cohesive message about what Tampa has to offer that is unlike Orlando and Miami. Read business columnist Robert Trigaux's story about Richard and his early impression of Tampa Bay this morning at

• Yes, there are adult fans of My Little Pony — quite a few of them. Fans of the brightly-colored animated show about magical ponies are in Tampa, along with the youngsters, for this weekend's Grand Brony Gala. Here's our guide to the weekend events, including what a Brony is.

• Are you ready for the weekend? See our weekend planner for the top picks from our critics and writers for food, family fun and date night ideas, including an interview with Alice Cooper before his Saturday show and our art critic's look at Norma Kamali — City: Fashion+Art+Culture at the Tampa Museum of Art.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including folk-rock singer Ray LaMontagne with a top-notch touring band and Fetish Con now under way in downtown St. Petersburg.

• As they prepare to play with Brad Paisley today at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, country stars Maddie and Tae talked with us about their hit, Girl in a Country Song, Nashville's crop of strong female songwriters and more.

 Model Queen Qandisa poses for a photo at the 15th anniversary Fetish Con at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel.  (Friday, August 14, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]


Model Queen Qandisa poses for a photo at the 15th anniversary Fetish Con at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel. (Friday, August 14, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator says he and a top Democrat have reached an agreement on a plan to extend federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked.

    President Donald Trump sits for a radio interview in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) DCSW104
  2. Protests at hotel before NFL owners open fall meetings


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    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
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    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Pasco County has pulled the plug on a planned Food for Florida distribution at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center that had been scheduled to open to the public on Sunday.

    Pasco County has postponed a planned Food for Florida distribution at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center on Collier Parkway and is seeking an alternative site. Last week, commissioners said they feared a repeat of the long lines of traffic that appeared outside Plant City Stadium on Oct. 9. The nutrition program for people affected by Hurricane Irma had been scheduled to come to Land O' Lakes Oct. 18 to 27.  [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
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  5. Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's 'half-baked' comment (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy, saying "people have to be careful because at some point I fight back."

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, accompanied by Chair of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees, former Vice President Joe Biden, waves as he takes the stage before receiving the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. [Associated Press]