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The DayStarter: Obama comes to Miami, changes considered to high school's football playoff and 'Weird Al' at the Mahaffey

The next few days will look something like this: highs nearing 90, scattered thunderstorms and plenty of humidity, according to 10Weather WTSP. This weekend, however, the bay area should keep an eye on the tropics: An area of low pressure in the western Caribbean was given a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical system by Sunday.

• President Barack Obama will raise money for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's Senate bid and for other Democrats in Miami this afternoon. Later tonight, he will travel to Palm City for a weekend of golf. Check The Buzz for updates later today.

• Speaking of Patrick Murphy: He talks frequently on the campaign trail about income inequality and the middle class. It can seem like a tone-deaf talking point, coming from a two-term U.S. congressman whose success has largely been borne from his South Florida millionaire family. While their influence has certainly boosted Murphy's career, there's more to the upbringing of this Senate candidate than he has let on before.

• Fatherhood is a challenge no matter your circumstances, but Rowdies midfielder Juan Guerra is balancing the joy of his new son with the pressure of keeping his professional soccer dream going. Times photographer John Pendygraft shares the story in the June issue of Floridian magazine, available now at

• The Florida High School Athletic Association will consider a proposal to revamp high school football playoffs using a points system rather than traditional district competition. Football-mad states such as Alabama, Ohio and Pennsylvania already use similar systems. Explore the possibilities later this morning at

• It has been 11 years since the last major hurricane hit Florida. In that time, the state's property insurance industry has changed dramatically as more people moving into the Sunshine state will experience their first major storm the next time a big one strikes. What's the state of property insurance in Florida — and what does that mean for homeowners?

• It's a great time for staring at the skies. Saturn, our solar system's "Lord of the Rings," will be at opposition tonight, meaning it will align with Earth and the sun. This arrangement will provide amateur astronomers with one of their best opportunities this year to see the butterscotch beauty with the naked eye. We can tell you how to find it.

• "Weird Al" Yankovic kicks off the second leg of his gargantuan Mandatory World Tour tonight at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. Pop music critic Jay Cridlin found that talking to this beloved song parodist is a lot of fun. Weird Al had some interesting things to say about his future, his eternal relevancy and the fact that he never got around to parodying David Bowie or Prince.

• Plan your weekend! From a giant craft Beer Camp in the park to a Grilled Cheese Festival, from concerts (Darius Rucker, Cyndi Lauper) to stage shows (La Boheme, Tale of Two Cities), our writers have your best bets right here.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democratic candidate for Florida's U.S. Senate seat in 2016 | Walter Michot / Miami Herald

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democratic candidate for Florida's U.S. Senate seat in 2016 | Walter Michot / Miami Herald

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