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The Daystarter: 'Stand your ground' case begins; Politifact dissects Scott attack; Hillsborough schools' budget struggles; 'Indivisible' takes root locally

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• Fog might hover in places this morning, but it will give way to sunshine and warm temperatures for the afternoon with a high near 80, according to 10Weather WTSP. In parts of Polk County, there is a warning of heavy fog until 9 a.m. because of fog mixed with smoke from a smoldering brush fire.

• The "stand your ground'' defense of a retired Tampa police captain goes before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Barthle starting today. The judge will weigh whether Reeves, 74, should be immune from prosecution in the fatal shooting of Chad Oulson during a confrontation in a Wesley Chapel movie theater on Jan. 13, 2014. If his defense is not upheld, Reeves will head toward trial on a second-degree murder charge. The court has set aside two weeks for attorneys to present evidence and question experts. Stay with for live updates from the courtroom.

• Gov. Rick Scott is painting fellow Republicans as job killers for their support of a bill that would decimate the state's agencies for tourism promotion and business incentives. PolitiFact Florida dissected his attack against Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, and found it highly misleading.

• The Hillsborough School District is 19 months into a financial shake-up that began when investment advisors sounded alarms about a $200 million loss in reserves. But while the district has economized in some areas and upended its accounting practices, it's been slow to retreat from some of the practices that landed it in hot water. Marlene Sokol has the details.

• The weekly demonstrations at Sen. Marco Rubio's Tampa office are among the most visible signs of a national grassroots movement taking hold in Tampa Bay. The goal: Block President Donald Trump's agenda by pressuring members of Congress at home.

• A Dutch baby — also known as a German pancake, David Eyre's pancake or a Bismarck — is the preferred pancake of weekend mornings in Ileana Morales Valentine's house, and she's convinced it should be in everyone's home. Check out this recipe, and tips on perfecting them.

• Today is Presidents Day, so government offices are closed and most kids are out of school. If you have the day off, find some fun on our Things to Do page.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including performances by Grammy winner Lucinda Williams and the noisemakers of Stomp! and a red-carpet party to watch the Oscars at Tampa Theatre.

The Daystarter: 'Stand your ground' case begins; Politifact dissects Scott attack; Hillsborough schools' budget struggles; 'Indivisible' takes root locally 02/20/17 [Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2017 6:13am]
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  1. Whatever USF has to say about Temple waits till Thursday


    "The holes were wide open. Anyone could have run through them."

    South Florida Bulls cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (23) intercepts a pass during the second half of the home opener for the South Florida Bulls against the Stony Brook Seawolves at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. 'Rick and Morty' Rickmobile is coming to Tampa next week


    We now have details on when and where Rick and Morty's belching Rickmobile will be when the rolling promo for the cult hit Adult Swim show swings through Tampa on Sept. 27.

    Ricky and Morty fans will head to the Lowry Parcade and Tavern in Tampa on Sept. 27 where a pop-up merch store that will operate out of a Rick Sanchez-shaped truck.
  3. Joe Henderson: Other good works can't balance theft from vulnerable victims


    What price can you put on your good name?

    This renovated group home once was operated by HARC. The group's former CEO Richard Lilliston was credited with raising millions for the agency but has been sentenced to prison for stealing Social Security from clients with developmental disabilities. [Times file]
  4. Clean Bandit postpones Oct. 3 concert at the State Theatre until 2018


    Believe it or not, here's a concert postponement that DOESN'T have anything to do with Hurricane Irma.

    Clean Bandit
  5. Five reasons why Kentucky can beat Florida for the first time since 1986


    By Matt Baker

    GAINESVILLE — Florida's 30-game winning streak over Kentucky is one of the most impressive feats in the country.

    Florida Gators offensive lineman Martez Ivey (73) celebrates Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson's  (24) touch down in the first quarter, putting Florida on the board 6-0 during the game between the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Kentucky 45-7. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times