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Your DayStarter: Gov. Scott visits under sunny skies, our Lightning podcast debuts and 'Silence of the Lambs' gets … funny?

The Loews Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach is a top-notch destination on the Gulf of Mexico, with deluxe accommodations. The historic resort has for decades lured well-to-do folks and celebrities. SCOTT KEELER | Times (2011)


The Loews Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach is a top-notch destination on the Gulf of Mexico, with deluxe accommodations. The historic resort has for decades lured well-to-do folks and celebrities. SCOTT KEELER | Times (2011)

• Expect sunny skies throughout the day today with almost no chance of rain, according to WTSP 10 Weather, and a high around 90.

• Gov. Rick Scott starts his day in Tampa at 9 a.m., visiting the Tampa offices of insurer USAA to attend a "Combat to Claims Graduation Ceremony." While there, he also plans to highlight USAA's job creation in Florida. Follow @JeffMHarrington for developments.

• Walmart is getting into the online grocery game. The world's largest retailer announced it is expanding its online grocery ordering program into Florida. Customers can order goods online and pick them up curbside at participating stores. See the full story later this morning at tampabay.com/money.

•The Lowes Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach was recently named the "Best Historic Hotel" in its size category by the Historic Hotels of America organization. The 277-room "Pink Palace" was built in 1928 and was recognized for its history and restoration. A full story will be published this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Middle school is, in many ways, the most difficult age for public school districts. It's when hormones run wild and bullying takes root. It's also when many families opt for privately run charter schools. To hear what kids have to say about the experience, the Hillsborough school board will hold two student forums today, an exercise they've done with high school students for years. For live tweets, follow @marlenesokol.

We debut our new Lightning Strikes podcast after the Lightning returns from a three-game road trip to take on Dallas at home at 7:30.

Silence of the Lambs gets the musical treatment when an off-Broadway hit opens this weekend through Nov. 15. Performing arts critic Andrew Meacham puts the lotion on and dives into the R-rated Silence! The Musical — The Unauthorized Parody, from Tampa's Jobsite Theater. It arrives just in time for Halloween season, unprintable song titles and all.

• No. 8 Florida takes on No. 6 LSU this week, and USF and FSU also are in action. Look for a video preview on the college football weekend from writers Matt Baker and Joey Knight by lunchtime at tampabay.com/sports.

Here are the top things to do today, including the popular picnic and movie in the park and Monty Python legends John Cleese and Eric Idle bringing some funny business to Ruth Eckerd Hall.

• The Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is marking White Cane Safety Day today. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., members will demonstrate how the blind can safely cross the street (while deputies watch) at the intersection of N Dale Mabry Highway and W Waters Avenue. Check out tampabay.com afterward for coverage.

Your DayStarter: Gov. Scott visits under sunny skies, our Lightning podcast debuts and 'Silence of the Lambs' gets … funny? 10/15/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2015 9:26am]
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