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Your DayStarter: Expect more record heat; also, breakdowns of this week's holiday events and Sunday's Bucs loss

You could be doing this today. Your kids, too. [Times files]

You could be doing this today. Your kids, too. [Times files]

Today's 10Weather WTSP forecast calls for near-record high temperatures — reaching near 85 degrees. (Today's record for Tampa is 84 degrees, set in 1990.) Skies should be a mix of sun and clouds, with no rain expected. However, stay tuned: your 2016 might get off to a cooler start.

For 30 years, the best school in Pinellas County was in a black neighborhood. Then the School Board stepped in. The latest installment of our school district investigation finds that more of the district's black children are applying to fundamental schools than ever before, but black enrollment at the schools is at an all-time low. Read the full series, and share your thoughts with other readers.

Plan your week: Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay this week including snow days at the Florida Aquarium, where Florida kids can make snow balls in a play area set up through Wednesday.

If you want to get a jump on New Year's Eve parties, check out our huge list of parties, concerts, fireworks and family events.

There's a sleighful of movies out. Our film critic Steve Persall steers you to what's naughty and what's nice.

Thomas Bassinger breaks down the film and points out the Turning Point from Sunday's Bucs game against Chicago. Look for it by lunchtime at

Outdoors editor Terry Tomalin runs down his top places to visit in 2016. Look for it by lunchtime at

Your DayStarter: Expect more record heat; also, breakdowns of this week's holiday events and Sunday's Bucs loss 12/28/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2015 12:01pm]
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    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

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  4. Council gives in to pension dispute with St. Pete firefighters

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council was forced to consider its first labor dispute in years Thursday when it gave the firefighters union most of the pension enhancements it has long asked for.

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    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.