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The DayStarter: The gyrocopter pilot learns his fate, Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 and our 'Farm to Fable' writer does a Reddit AMA

The humidity returns on Thursday, according to 10Weather WTSP, before the tail end of the system that dumped all the rain in Texas rolls in on Friday. Highs today above 80.

• Gyrocopter pilot and Ruskin campaign funding protestor Doug Hughes will find out today how much time he'll be doing in federal prison. Hughes' sentencing follows his guilty plea for flying his one-man aircraft to the U.S. Capitol about a year ago.

• Remember how torrential rains last summer swamped St. Petersburg's sewer system? Today, starting at 8 a.m., the St. Petersburg City Council will hear a long-awaited report about how to fix it.

• Queen Elizabeth II has been served by 12 prime ministers, starting with Churchill; navigated the decline of the British Empire; braved the tragedies of her family and the nation; and, on Sept. 9, edged out Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history: 64 years now. The queen, who turns 90 today, is lauded for having the stiffest upper lip in the realm. Our All Eyes photo gallery looks back at her historic reign.

• Have you read Times food critic Laura Reiley's local foods Farm to Fable investigation yet? Curious about what's happened since publication? Want to know more about the reporting process? Want advice on how to find out if your food is what it's advertised as? Join us this afternoon at 3 p.m. as she hosts a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) — she'll take your questions and questions from Redditors across the globe.

• If you've ever easily found your way around Tampa International Airport, thank graphic designer Jane Doggett. Doggett, 86, has designed some of the biggest "wayfinding" systems, and is considered a legend in the world of graphic design. "I was in the right place at the right time," she tells Times art critic Lennie Bennett. "We innovated a lot. … We got the airlines to agree to one typeface (instead of using their logos on airport signs). One of them said, 'That's socialism.' It was consolidation."

Gov. Rick Scott will hold a formal bill signing ceremony this morning in Tampa for a new law intended to expedite the testing of rape kits. The event at FDLE's regional operations center begins at 9 a.m.

• Punk legends NOFX will sign books today at an indie Tampa bookstore before they take the stage in Ybor. But first singer and bassist "Fat Mike" Burkett talked to pop music critic Jay Cridlin about the punk scene's destructive early days.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Boston-based ska-punk group Big D and the Kids Table at State Theatre and comedian Pablo Francisco at the Improv in Tampa.

• It's time to plan your weekend! Find suggestions from our critics and writers including a guide to Clearwater's Sugar Sand Festival.

• The Lightning take on the Red Wings at 7 p.m. in Tampa's Amalie Arena for Game 5 of their first round NHL Playoffs series. The Bolts lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, and could send the Wings back home to Detroit for good. TV coverage will be on Fox Sports Sun; listen on the radio to 970-AM. But whatever happens, the mentally tough Lightning have shown they won't crack, writes our sports columnist Tom Jones. To get ready for tonight, check out beat writer Joe Smith's latest Lightning Strikes podcast this afternoon at

God save the Queen, who turns 90 today. Check out our photo gallery. [Mary McCartney | Getty Images]

God save the Queen, who turns 90 today. Check out our photo gallery. [Mary McCartney | Getty Images]

The DayStarter: The gyrocopter pilot learns his fate, Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 and our 'Farm to Fable' writer does a Reddit AMA 04/21/16 [Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2016 10:50am]
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