There's a good chance that it will be wet and nasty for at least parts of the holiday weekend starting today. Highs will hover around 90 degrees.
• Sarasota is holding events all year to celebrate John D. MacDonald, who cranked out an astonishing 76 novels and dozens of short stories, and was born 100 years ago this month. He's worth celebrating, Times staff writer Craig Pittman writes. Read Pittman's "Oh, Florida" column this morning at tampabay.com.
• Emera Inc.'s $10.4 billion acquisition of TECO Energy is expected to formally close today. The change won't be particularly conspicuous; Emera said it is keeping the TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas and New Mexico Gas names, employees and headquarters.
• There are open houses and then there are luxury open houses — like one recent showing of a waterfront estate on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard that provided new Ferraris and Maseratis for guests to test drive plus a chance to meet Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. Susan Taylor Martin gives you a glimpse inside the world of high-end real estate marketing.
• After years of buildup, the widened Panama Canal opened last week but Port Tampa Bay still finds itself struggling to see where it fits in. Here's a look at the stiff competition Tampa is facing for a piece of the Panama pie.
• It's time to party, patriot style. Here's our guide to where to find fireworks displays around Tampa Bay.
• There are plenty of other things going on around Tampa Bay for you to enjoy during the three-day weekend, too. Check out our weekend planner.