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Your DayStarter: Today's weather (fog now, clear later), GOP debate fact-checks and live Bucs chat. Also: Part 1 of our investigation of neglect and soaring violence at Florida's mental hospitals



The day starts with cool temperatures and patchy fog, according to WTSP 10Weather, but should clear up throughout the afternoon, warming to the low 80s. It still looks like we'll get sunny skies this weekend.

•Florida stripped millions from its mental hospitals and fired hundreds of workers. The result? Violence doubled, and no one is safe on the inside. The Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigated what happened when Florida neglected its mental institutions. Read Part 1 of the investigation at

• PolitiFact stayed up late to fact-check the Republican presidential debate. Check out our coverage at

• The Lightning returns home after a four-game road trip to play Colorado tonight. Look for beat writer Joe Smith to get you ready with his Lightning Strikes podcast.

• At 6 p.m., a nine-month hiatus in executions in Florida comes to an end. Convicted Orlando killer Jerry Correll is scheduled to be put to death, the 22nd execution ordered by Gov. Rick Scott, exceeding the previous high mark of 21 under former Gov. Jeb Bush. Follow @MichaelAuslen for developments.

• What better way to prepare for Halloween than a screening of The Exorcist tonight at the Tampa Theatre with special guest Linda Blair on hand to take questions? Film critic Steve Persall caught up with the head-spinning actor before her Tampa appearance to talk about her role and those scary '80s fashions in Roller Boogie.

Greg Auman chats about the Bucs' epic loss at Washington and looks ahead to the game Sunday at Atlanta. Join him for a live chat at 10:30.

• Now celebrating its 40th year, The Rocky Horror Picture Show stands in the history books as the longest running theatrical release in film history. There are several showings and parties this weekend, so we've compiled 10 things to know (and bring) before you go shout at the screen.

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (fog now, clear later), GOP debate fact-checks and live Bucs chat. Also: Part 1 of our investigation of neglect and soaring violence at Florida's mental hospitals 10/29/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:55am]
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