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What you need to know for Friday, July 22

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Raleigh, N.C. Public confidence in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in the single digits in nearly half of the countries surveyed in a new poll that examines international attitudes toward the United States.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) WX303

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Raleigh, N.C. Public confidence in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in the single digits in nearly half of the countries surveyed in a new poll that examines international attitudes toward the United States. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) WX303

• It'll heat up quickly today, reaching highs in the mid-90s. Storms move through the area beginning about 2 p.m., 10Weather WTSP reports.

• Fewer than 12 hours after the Republican National Convention ended in Cleveland, Hillary Clinton arrives in Florida, where she will campaign for the next two days. Not only does Clinton's trip put Florida in the spotlight the weekend before the Democratic National Convention opens in Philadelphia, but it also means she will likely announce her pick for vice president in one of three cities: Orlando, Tampa or Miami. After a early Friday afternoon event in Orlando, Clinton will hold a 4:30 p.m. rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Members of the public who want to attend should RSVP here. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

• Follow Business Reporter @SunBizGriffin for a first look at the $24 million Post-Panamax gantry cranes in action at Port Tampa Bay. The port invested millions in these cranes, that arrived in Tampa Bay from China in April, in an effort to boost its container shipping business now that the Panama Canal extension has opened. Updates begin about 9:30 a.m. Senator Marco Rubio also will be at the port Friday morning and is expected to make remarks about 11 a.m.

• Florida Gov. Rick Scott, fresh off his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, will be at Port Tampa Bay to announce the state's jobs numbers this morning. Look for a story at tampabay.com/business mid to late morning.

• A fire Sunday at the Islamic Education Center was the second of two blazes in as many days to damage Hillsborough County's only Shia mosques. Though both were deemed accidental, some can't ignore the coincidence in timing and the fact that both mosques are affiliated with a minority branch of Islam. Look for a story in the morning.

• Business columnist Robert Trigaux takes a look at the 125 largest public companies and 225 largest private companies in Florida, including all those located in the Tampa Bay area. See how those companies are driving the economy in Trigaux's On Business column this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• Earlier this year, developer Jonathan Daou bought the old North Ward school on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg with plans to turn it into shops. But Daou has experienced a number of challenges that have made renovating the building more expensive than starting from scratch. Read about the development this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• Couldn't stay up for the Rays game in Oakland? We've got you covered at tampabay.com/sports.

• Check out tampabay.com/sports throughout the day for a recap on 20 years of USF football.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including the Metrocon anime convention and comic DeRay Davis from 21 Jump Street.

• If you've ever dreamed of getting paid to dress up as a chainsaw-wielding clown to scare the neighborhood kids on Halloween, Busch Gardens is holding the first of four open auditions today for Howl-O-Scream scare actors. The theme park will be employing hundreds of temporary workers to serve as zombies, voodoo queens, demented inmates and other miscellaneous monsters as they try to make Howl-O-Scream visitors jump out of their skin.

• It's time to map out your weekend plans. Our critics and writers have the best bets laid out for you on our weekend planner page, from cool art shows to new movies, a manatee's birthday party and the annual summer return of Dave Matthews.

What you need to know for Friday, July 22 07/22/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:44pm]
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