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What you need to know for Thursday, Feb. 25

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wants to make ride-share bikes like these -- which have been wheeling around Tampa since 2014 -- available in his city. He appears before the City Council for a third time today seeking the money to make it happen. [Times files]

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wants to make ride-share bikes like these -- which have been wheeling around Tampa since 2014 -- available in his city. He appears before the City Council for a third time today seeking the money to make it happen. [Times files]

• The skies should clear through the day today and stay that way through the weekend, according to 10Weather WTSP. Temperatures will drop starting today and it should be windy, with high surf and strong rip currents along the shore.

• The remaining Republican presidential rivals face off tonight in a debate on CNN at the University of Houston. PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the debate. Follow @PolitiFact.

• This morning at 9:15 a.m., St. Petersburg City Hall will likely be filled with bike and alternative transit enthusiasts who want the city to follow Tampa's lead and create a bike share program. Mayor Rick Kriseman has spent a lot of political capital trying for City Council approval. Perhaps the third time will be the charm for the $500,000 ask? Follow Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates and check in at tampabay.com later this morning for our story.

• Universal Orlando today will reveal more details on Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a huge attraction set to open at Islands of Adventure this summer that will take riders to the home of King Kong. The details, obtained in advance by our writer Sharon Kennedy Wynne, will include a first look at an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images, and the temple's "massive wooden doors that slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves." See the first look here.

• Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, from a show by Grammy winner Rosanne Cash to the Tony-winning Matilda the Musical, a Broadway hit based on the book by Roald Dahl.

• You can give your wallet a break and still have fun with this week's list of five things to do under $5.

• Check out beat writer Joe Smith's latest Lightning Strikes podcast this afternoon at tampabay.com/lightning.

What you need to know for Thursday, Feb. 25 02/25/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:10pm]
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    Military

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    Nation

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    Military

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