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What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 3

Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Gregory Holder will appear before the University of South Florida Board of Trustees this morning to argue for the reinstatement of a former Green Beret expelled from the school after a confrontation that included gunfire outside of a convenience store. [Octavio Jones | Times]

Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Gregory Holder will appear before the University of South Florida Board of Trustees this morning to argue for the reinstatement of a former Green Beret expelled from the school after a confrontation that included gunfire outside of a convenience store. [Octavio Jones | Times]

• There's a cold front on the way, possibly bringing a few morning showers along with it. WTSP 10Weather says you can expect a high around 75 degrees.

Two dead suspects named after mass shooting that killed 14 at San Bernardino, California office party

• At today's meeting of the University of South Florida board of a trustees, a judge will take the unusual step of asking the college to re-admit a former U.S. Army Green Beret expelled after firing his gun at a convenience store. Read about why he was moved to take up the cause.

• And read why our columnist Sue Carlton said it's one of those rare cases where everyone has a good point in a system that's pretty unforgiving of second chances. Reporter Tony Marrero will bring you updates from the meeting.

• The Lightning won (2-1) late last night in Anaheim. Get all caught up at tampabay.com/lightning. Catch up on the latest Lightning Strikes podcast with beat writer Joe Smith. A new one will be available by lunchtime.

• Thousands of Pinellas County school teachers will vote today on a new contract after soundly rejecting a previous deal last month. The revised agreement preserves a 4 percent average raise and restores language that that teachers held dear, including provisions designed to prevent the erosion of lesson planning time. All of the district's 7,600 teachers are eligible to vote.

• Fifteen-year-old Christian Miller puts about 20 hours a week into bowling, including playing in a league in Crystal River. "Bowling fills my soul," says Christian, who one day found himself on a path toward the sport's holy grail. Times staff writer Ben Montgomery has the story from December's Floridian magazine this morning on tampabay.com.

• For our shop-local gift guide in today's Weekend section, our team of roving reporters scoped out sweet finds from some favorite shops around Tampa Bay. From super-cool comic book and record stores to handmade chocolates and chic boutiques, we make it easy to buy locally.

• Former astronaut Mae Jemison, who was the first African-American woman to travel in space, will speak today at the People of Color Conference in Tampa. A professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison flew aboard space shuttle Endeavor, served as NASA's first science mission specialist performing experiments in material science, life science, and human adaptation to weightlessness. Follow reporter Hanna Marcus on Twitter for updates.

• It's time to plan your weekend and our critics have their top picks in today's Weekend section for date night options and family fun, including motocross maniacs at Al Lang Field, top pop stars at Next Big Thing, and bartenders celebrate Repeal Day.

What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 3 12/03/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 3, 2015 7:21am]
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    Elections

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    Lightning Strikes

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    National

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill, even as opposition continued to build outside Congress and two Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week.

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