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What you need to know for Thursday, June 23

• Another classic Florida summer day: highs in the low 90s, a chance of thunderstorms and partly cloudy skies, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Hundreds of people showed up for the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization to speak against and for the $6 billion Tampa Bay Express proposal, with its controversial toll lanes through downtown Tampa. They were still giving elected officials what for at press time. Look for the outcome , hopefully, at this morning.

• In Britain, voters will head to the polls to decide whether they want to remain in the European Union. The stakes are high as the vote is final, unlike an election in which the results can be reversed in the next term. Many high-ranking British officials, including Prime Minister David Cameron, support remaining in the EU. Polls close at 5 p.m. our time.

• At this morning's Tampa City Council meeting, several items are on the agenda: a report on how much police resources are being dedicated to local Walmarts; a council member's idea of letting people pay parking fines with canned foods; and a report from authorities about May's Sunset Music Festival after the death of two concert-goers. Follow Chris O'Donnell @codonnell_Times for updates.

• The Pinellas County School Board has scheduled a special workshop this morning to discuss the fate of Windsor Preparatory Academy and East Windsor Middle Academy, two St. Petersburg charter schools that face termination this summer if they can't quickly correct problems with governance, finances and curriculum. Follow Colleen Wright @colleen_wright for updates.

• The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is expected to award $4 million in grants to community groups this morning. The charitable organization was formed when the not-for-profit Bayfront Medical Center was sold to a for-profit hospital chain in 2013. Stay tuned to to learn who the winners are.

• How do millennials in a long distance relationship find time to travel? They meet each other halfway using apps and travel technology. Follow Times photographer Loren Elliott as he meets his girlfriend in citiesacross the country.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including the romantic contemporary musical The Light in the Piazza or stand-up comedian Adam Ferrara.

• Plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have their top picks on our Weekend Planner page, plus we have lots of Pride events to keep in mind.

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage arrives to make a speech in London on Wednesday, the final day of the EU referendum campaign before Britain goes to the polls to vote on continuing its membership in the EU. [Associated Press]

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage arrives to make a speech in London on Wednesday, the final day of the EU referendum campaign before Britain goes to the polls to vote on continuing its membership in the EU. [Associated Press]

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