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What you need to know for Monday, Sept. 26

Tampa's TECO streetcar will begin running weekdays at 7 a.m. on Monday to grab commuter customers.  [Times file (2014)]

Tampa's TECO streetcar will begin running weekdays at 7 a.m. on Monday to grab commuter customers. [Times file (2014)]

• The morning looks to be pretty average, weather-wise. Highs will approach 90 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP, with storm coverage of about 40 percent. Later in the week, a cold front will bring low temperatures down into the 60s and 70s.

• Meanwhile, forecasters are monitoring a large area of low pressure that has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within the next five days. Early Monday morning, Invest 97L was located 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and is becoming better organized, forecasters said.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• The golf world is mourning the death of Arnold Palmer on Sunday. Palmer, who came from a modest background and whose endearing personality helped launch the sport to unprecedented heights in the 1950 and '60s — died from heart problems at 87.

• Tampa's TECO streetcar will begin running weekdays at 7 a.m. today, a change designed to grab commuter customers among the growing number of Channel District and other downtown high-rise dwellers. Read more at

• The first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton is at 9 tonight at Hofstra University in New York. The debate is 90 minutes without commercial breaks and will be broadcast on most major networks. PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the debate, so keep open for your second-screen enjoyment. And if you want us to fact-check something, Tweet @PolitiFact with #PolitiFactThis.

• Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine visits Lakeland today at 12:30 p.m. at the Lake Hollingsworth Ballroom of the Lakeland Center. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made through Stay with for reports from staff writer Christopher O'Donnell. Kaine plans to stay in Florida and watch the first presidential debate.

• Discount grocer Aldi first came to Florida eight years ago and has been expanding rapidly, with plans this year to open nearly 20 new stores. How is the German grocer standing out in a crowded field? Read a full Q&A with a top executive this morning at

• Some people love to barbecue, but do they love their grill the way Big Green Egg fans do? We take a look at the cult of Eggheads around Tampa Bay and beyond who swear by the expensive ceramic smokers that turn out award-winning slabs of meat — and even saved Christmas when a family's oven was on the blink. You'll smell the smoke yourself when the bay area gets its first Eggfest stop this week.

• Our film critic Steve Persall got an advance look at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton's latest film to embrace strangeness. Some of it was filmed in the Tampa Bay area. Read the review, in which Persall kept a sharp eye out for local landmarks like Gandy Bridge.

• See how workers at Amalie Arena are getting ready for the start of hockey season and what to expect in new amenities and stands at the arena.

• Here are the top things to do this week in the bay area, including power boats returning to Clearwater Beach for the Super Boat National Championship and the Florida Orchestra kicking off its season with Beethoven.

What you need to know for Monday, Sept. 26 09/26/16 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2016 7:35am]
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