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Today's DayStarter: Your weekend forecast (partly cloudy), tonight's Trump visit and a Bucs-Redskins scouting report

Author Judy Blume is one of the featured speakers at this weekend's Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.

Author Judy Blume is one of the featured speakers at this weekend's Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.

It's looking like a partly cloudy Friday — and weekend, too — according to WTSP 10Weather, with highs around 90 and lows just below 70 for the next few days. Chances of rain are low.

• Arne Duncan, the outgoing U.S. education secretary, will visit St. Petersburg's Campbell Park Elementary this afternoon. Campbell Park is one of five troubled elementary schools featured in the ongoing Tampa Bay Times series, "Failure Factories," which examines the negative effects of resegregation. John King, a deputy secretary who will take Duncan's place at the end of the year, will be along as well. The contingent plans to speak to parents, students, educators and community members.

• Gather with fellow bibliophiles at the 23rd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Saturday. Beloved novelist Judy Blume headlines the event, which will feature 40 national authors, book signings, food trucks, a book market and a happy hour gathering. Get the schedule and RSVP in the Festival of Reading Facebook event. You can also follow along and be a part of our reading festival live blog by using the hashtag #TBTReadingFestival on social media.

• Donald Trump, who has been a figure in South Florida power circles for three decades, has a homecoming tonight in Doral when he holds his first Florida campaign rally. Miami Herald political reporter Patricia Mazzei covers the excitement. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Follow @PatriciaMazzei.

• Which Tampa Bay area workplaces were the most generous in 2015? The United Way Suncoast releases its second annual list of the top 100 companies that gave the most via philanthropic contributions via the area United Way. Who topped this year's list and where did your corporate workplace rank? Check out Robert Trigaux's column coming this morning at tampbay.com/money.

• Senators will have lots to do when the redistricting committee meets to recommend a final plan for revising the political boundaries for state Senate districts. They must sort through questions about which Senate districts will get four or two-year terms, when incumbent senators must run for re-election and try to show none of these decisions have a bearing on the bitter Senate presidency fight that is dividing the Republican caucus. Follow Times/Herald reporter @MaryEllenKlas on Twitter for developments.

•Hope you have that Game of Thrones costume finished, because this is the biggest weekend of the month for Halloween parties, from Guavaween to Guppyween. Check out our overflowing bucket of treats on a special Things to Do page devoted to Halloween fun.

Thomas Bassinger studies the film and breaks down the scouting report as the Bucs prepare to take on Washington. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

Today's DayStarter: Your weekend forecast (partly cloudy), tonight's Trump visit and a Bucs-Redskins scouting report 10/23/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2015 7:38am]
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