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What you need to know for Monday, Dec. 7

• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will be observed at the National World War II Memorial in Washington. The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400 people and led to the U.S. entry into World War II.

• A Hillsborough County jury is expected to start deliberations Monday morning in the first-degree murder trial of 19-year-old Larry Brown, who was charged with fatally shooting security guard Michael Valentin at the east Tampa apartment complex where he worked in 2012. The trial started last week and closing arguments wrapped up Friday. Follow @annamphillips for the latest developments.

• The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation plans a public hearing about Aetna Inc.'s proposed acquisition of CarePlus Health Plans Inc., Humana Health Insurance Company of Florida Inc., Humana Medical Plan Inc., and CompBenefits Company today at 10 a.m. in Tallahassee. Follow @MichaelAuslen for developments.

• A number of Tampa Bay business leaders will be at a huge retailers' conference in New York City starting this morning with hopes of striking deals and luring businesses here. Read retail reporter Justine Griffin's story previewing the conference at and follow her @SunBizGriffin for updates.

• A new concert venue and bar is being planned in Ybor City in a building that was the site of a historic hardware store. Read the story at

• Plan your week: Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay this week, including an armada of decorated boat parades and more than a dozen local artists paying tribute to Old Blue Eyes at a Sinatra 100th birthday salute at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa.

• For the first day and second night of Hanukkah, head to Straub Park in St. Petersburg, featuring an eight-foot menorah, a tightrope walker, live music and free doughnuts and latkes. On Tuesday, there will be a giant marshmallow menorah and a Nerdy Noah comedy show on Clearwater Beach. Find more Hanukkah fun here.

• Check out our Food and Dining page today for nine ideas for homemade food gifts you can make yourself with little hassle, not to mention a bevy of reader-submitted family favorites for holiday desserts.

• Heisman Trophy finalists will be announced at 6 p.m. Will Florida State running back Dalvin Cook be among them? Follow college beat writer Matt Baker @MBakerTBTimes for the news.

• Thomas Bassinger breaks down the Bucs-Falcons game and analyzes the Turning Point. Look for it by lunchtime at

• Rays officials head to the baseball winter meetings in Nashville, and so does beat writer Marc Topkin. Follow @TBTimes_Rays for the latest trade and free agent rumblings.

What you need to know for Monday, Dec. 7 12/07/15 [Last modified: Sunday, December 6, 2015 4:54pm]
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