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What you need to know for Thursday, Aug. 4

The kind of water ferry that St. Petersburg officials are looking at for a proposed cross-bay ferry service.  The 98-foot vessel could carry 149 passengers with a cruising speed of 29 knots.

Credit: HMS Ferries via City of St. Petersburg

The kind of water ferry that St. Petersburg officials are looking at for a proposed cross-bay ferry service. The 98-foot vessel could carry 149 passengers with a cruising speed of 29 knots.

• 10Weather WTSP predicts a familiar weather pattern of 50 to 60 percent rain coverage and highs in the low 90s for the rest of the week.

• The architects for the $20 million portion of the Pier project — the approach — are set to present their latest plans to the St. Petersburg City Council. But opposition is starting to rise up against the idea of including restaurants in those plans. The council is also scheduled to vote on the proposed ferry that would link downtown St. Petersburg to downtown Tampa. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. Follow Waveney Ann Moore at @wmooretimes for updates.

• The Pinellas County Commission will hold a workshop at 9:30 a.m. to discuss how the county should spend its $7.2 million share of BP money from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow Mark Puente at @MarkPuente for updates.

• The Tampa City Council meets at 9 a.m. to consider updates to the city's noise ordinance and consider committing $350,000 to a six-month tryout of a cross-bay ferry service.

• A Plant City teen who was arrested two years ago on charges of making child pornography is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon in a Hillsborough courtroom. Jared Henry was 16 when more than 100 images of child pornography were found on his computer. Agents later determined Henry molested a child to produce the images. Henry, now 18, was charged as an adult.

• The OneOrlando Fund Board will hold two hearings at the Amway Center in Orlando for the public to weigh in on how the $20 million in private donations will be split up for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The hearings will take place at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Follow Alli Knothe @KnotheA for updates.

•Follow Justine Griffin @SunBizGriffin starting at 7:30 a.m. for updates from an Urban Land Institute event about redeveloping historic districts in downtown Tampa. At 9 a.m., she will tweet updates from the monthly Hillsborough County Aviation Authority meeting, where discussion will focus on Tampa International Airport's $1 billion renovation plan. Look for the stories at tampabay.com/business.

• If there's one thing the sharply divided nation can agree on after nearly eight years of President Barack Obama, it is that things have changed on his watch. Most notably, his appearance. Today, as the 44th president turns 55 we compare a photo of him shortly after winning the election in 2008 with one taken this week.

• Why do so many people in Florida want to carry concealed weapons? Craig Pittman's theory is it's because they've heard that so many other people carry them. Read his "Oh, Florida" column this morning on tampabay.com.

• It's time to plan your weekend, and our critics and writers have laid out their top picks in our weekend planner, from Comic Con to Brad Paisley and the opening of a "beach" in Amalie Arena.

• In today's Weekend section and online, we help you get ready for Tampa Bay Comic Con. We assembled our own Suicide Squad of geeks to give you the top tips and highlights of the con that drew 50,000 people to the Tampa Convention Center last year.

• We also have an interview with the local couple who are the co-writers of DC's Harley Quinn series, the deranged girlfriend of the Joker hailed as this year's next big pop-culture icon. Here's a review of the movie from our film critic Steve Persall. Our resident geek Christopher Spata takes a look at Harley Quinns through history. And are you confused about all the cons cropping up lately? Here's a guide to the geeky conventions in Tampa Bay.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including slinky soul man Maxwell on stage.

What you need to know for Thursday, Aug. 4 08/04/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2016 10:37am]
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