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Your DayStarter: High temps flirt with 80, St. Pete considers civil citations for pot, and Mindi Abair brings her jazz sax home

From left: Peter White, Mindi Abair and Rick Braun play Clearwater's Capitol Theatre tonight. [Special to the Times]

From left: Peter White, Mindi Abair and Rick Braun play Clearwater's Capitol Theatre tonight. [Special to the Times]

Unseasonably warm again today, with highs flirting with 80, according to WTSP 10Weather. A mix of clouds and sun.

• St. Petersburg City Council members will discuss a civil citation program similar to Miami's in which people found with pot would pay a fine instead of going to jail. Council members won't vote during today's committee meeting, which starts at 9:15 a.m. at City Hall. But the extra deliberation could ensure this idea won't be half-baked.

• Mindi Abair, the Pinellas jazz scene's local girl made good, performs with Peter White and Rick Braun at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre tonight. The sax player's 2003 single Lucy's became a huge genre hit. Several albums went to No. 1 on the jazz charts. Pop music critic Jay Cridlin talked to Abair about coming home to play — and that time she met Buddy Guy.

Time to plan your weekend. There are loads of holiday parades and shows, a Real Housewife hosting a fashion show and a rat pack of local artists paying tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes for Sinatra's 100th birthday. Check out our staff's top weekend picks.

• In the lead-up to the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, film critic Steve Persall asks whether the merchandise — from coffee creamer to eye makeup — is overshadowing the movie. Also: The movies' fans debate everything. (Did Han Solo shoot first? Are ewoks cute or vicious?) But did you realize there's even a debate about the best order for Star Wars movie viewing?

• After a three-game west coast road trip, the Lightning returns home tonight to face Ottawa at 7:30. Get ready for the game this afternoon with beat writer Joe Smith's Lightning Strikes podcast at tampabay.com/lightning. Phil Esposito talks about the 25th anniversary of when the franchise was awarded. Then follow tonight's action on Twitter with @TBTimes_JSmith.

Your DayStarter: High temps flirt with 80, St. Pete considers civil citations for pot, and Mindi Abair brings her jazz sax home 12/10/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:56am]
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