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Your DayStarter: Highs in the 80s again, Tallahassee takes up high school sports and Hillsborough takes up LGBT rights — and there's our Bucs podcast

Saxophonist Kenny G is at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight. [Photo | Associated Press]

Saxophonist Kenny G is at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight. [Photo | Associated Press]

Look for temperatures back in the mid 80s during the day, dipping below 70 at night, according to WTSP 10Weather. Partly cloudy skies expected.

• Syria, Iraq and the U.S. strategy in that troubled region is on the agenda of a House Armed Services Committee hearing; Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify before the full committee. Go to tbtim.es/isis for updates.

• Florida lawmakers will take their first close look at Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget and his $1 billion tax cuts proposal. The House Appropriations Committee gets briefed on the budget from noon to 3 p.m. and the House Finance & Tax Committee studies the tax cut proposals at the same time. Follow our Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau's Steve Bousquet (@stevebousquet on Twitter) for developments.

• Education bills are getting a good hearing in Florida House committee meetings this week, including at 3:30 p.m. today when the House Education Appropriations subcommittee examines legislation on high school athletics. Follow @ByKristenMClark for developments.

• The Hillsborough County's Charter Review Board is scheduled to discuss whether to cement LGBT protections in the county charter at 6 p.m. today. The review board, a 14-member body that meets every five years to recommend changes to the county charter, will hold the second of two public hearings on whether to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the county charter's anti-discrimination section. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the second-floor boardroom at County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Follow @scontorno for developments.

• Lots of baking going on in your house these days? Our food editor has clever substitutes for cooling racks. to hold fresh-from-the-oven cookie sheets or hot pies (upside-down muffin tins, for one). Speaking of desserts, check our food page this week online and in Wednesday's Taste section for loads of holiday dessert recipes.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including Kenny G blowing his horn in Clearwater and the Broadway hit Kinky Boots kicking off a week at the Straz Center in Tampa.

• Check out the latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast with beat writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

• To mark World AIDS Day, Vice President Joe Biden will appear at an event with Bono, Stephen Colbert, Miley Cyrus, Trevor Noah and others at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Your DayStarter: Highs in the 80s again, Tallahassee takes up high school sports and Hillsborough takes up LGBT rights — and there's our Bucs podcast 12/01/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 7:17am]
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