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Your DayStarter: It'll be nicer out today than December should be; also, boat parades and a Bucs-Saints scouting report

Lit for the holidays, boats cruise on Boca Ciega Bay, South Pasadena, during the annual St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. This view is from the St. Pete Beach Community Center on Boca Ciega Drive. WILL VRAGOVIC | Times



Lit for the holidays, boats cruise on Boca Ciega Bay, South Pasadena, during the annual St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. This view is from the St. Pete Beach Community Center on Boca Ciega Drive. WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Another warm and sunny December weekend. Today begins with temperatures in the 60s, hitting a high near 80 degrees later on. Sunday brings the weekend's first chance of rain, according to WTSP 10Weather.

• Parents in Pinellas County are petitioning the school system to require recess as part of the school day. Similar petitions have surfaced in other Florida counties, and a bill filed this month in the Florida House seeks to mandate recess every day in kindergarten through fifth grade. Times education reporter Colleen Wright explores why many schools gradually dropped recess, and what it would take to bring it back. Check out tampabay.com/schools later this morning.

• Nautical and nice: Avast mateys, there's a flotilla of ridiculously decorated boats parading through the waters of Tampa Bay this weekend. Here's our guide to the best of them and the tricks captains turn to when they don't have walls to hang decorations from.

• The University of South Florida's fall commencement begins today. USF will confer almost 4,200 degrees on more than 2,500 graduates on the system's three campuses. Commencement will start in Tampa with the College of Arts & Sciences' 6 p.m. graduation ceremony at the USF Sun Dome. On Saturday, former Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke will receive an honorary doctorate in business. Check tampabay.com for photos this weekend.

• A South Carolina company is lending to Tampa Bay house flippers who run low on cash but want to keep flipping.

• This weekend's Walk Through Bethlehem Christmas reenactment at Brandon's Kings Avenue Baptist Church expects to draw so many people — nearly 10,000 — that the church has instituted a wait-time app to ease the crowding.

Matt Baker breaks down the case for and against each of the three Heisman Trophy finalists in advance of Saturday night's presentation. Look for it by mid morning at tampabay.com/sports.

Thomas Bassinger analyzes the film and provides a scouting report on the Bucs-Saints game. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

Your DayStarter: It'll be nicer out today than December should be; also, boat parades and a Bucs-Saints scouting report 12/11/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 11, 2015 9:17am]
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