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What you need to know for Friday, July 8

Check out our calendar of things to do this weekend, including a sing-a-long screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. [Sony Pictures]

Check out our calendar of things to do this weekend, including a sing-a-long screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. [Sony Pictures]

• Expect yet another day of temperatures in the mid-90s and midday thunderstorms, 10Weather WTSP reports. Saturday and Sunday's weather looks like it'll follow a similar pattern before rainy days arrive next week.

• Col. Daniel Tulley, base commander at MacDill Air Force Base, is replaced by Air National Guard Col. April Vogel during a ceremony at the base scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. Vogel is currently vice commander of the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard, with 1,400 airmen. At MacDill, she will command a wing that gases up Air Force jets and will also be in charge of a vastly larger operation as commander of the base host unit -- essentially the mayor of a small city of 42,000 people that includes a number of commands.

• Would it have been legal for a private citizen in Florida to film a police shooting, as a resident of Minnesota did Wednesday? As it turns out, Florida law is murky on the issue. We'll explain why this afternoon.

The Secret Life of Pets is getting good buzz, including from the Tampa Bay Times' Steve Persall (and you can read his review here). Meanwhile, Universal's CEO has said the company is already planning a theme park ride based on the animated movie that opens today. The question is will the ride be coming to Orlando or California?

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a sing-a-long screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and a sunset celebration at Lowry Park Zoo.

• Throughout the day, check tampabay.com/sports for stories on the most influential women in Tampa Bay sports.

What you need to know for Friday, July 8 07/08/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2016 10:06pm]
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    Criminal

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    Corporate

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