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Your DayStarter: Scattered showers but no chill, a congressman goes to bat for undead veterans and 'The Sound of Music'

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop declaring veterans dead when they are not dead.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop declaring veterans dead when they are not dead.

A chance of rain today, particularly in the afternoon, according to WTSP 10Weather, but not the kind that brings a dip in temperatures behind it. Highs will stay in the mid to low 80s, with lows around 70.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has found the dream cause for a conservative Republican running for the Senate. The subject of prematurely declaring the death of former service members by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows Jolly to help veterans denied benefits while he also gets to bash a federal agency for incompetence. And he gets plenty of attention for it. (See here and here.) At 10 a.m., Jolly will hold a news conference on the topic at his Seminole office. He'll be joined by two Floridians who were mistakenly declared dead. Check later this morning at for details.

About 50,000 Puerto Ricans leave the island every year to come to the United States. And now Puerto Rican businesses — including restaurants and furniture stores — are starting to follow. Several have opened up shop in other parts of Florida and Tampa is likely to see some of these businesses open here in the next year. Read the full story this morning at

Rick Stroud and Greg Auman talk about the latest Bucs news in the Cannon Fodder podcast. Look for it this afternoon at

Here's the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, including one of our favorite things: The Sound of Music on stage at the Straz Center this week, starting tonight.

Cuteness alert! If you are going to the Florida Aquarium today, the otters and the ring-tailed lemurs are getting a pile of snow to play in this afternoon.

Here are some recipes for Christmas morning, dinner and drinks that will perfume your house with cloves, ginger, cinnamon and more of those signature aromas of the holiday season. Some can be made ahead or are easy to whip up while presents are being opened.

Your DayStarter: Scattered showers but no chill, a congressman goes to bat for undead veterans and 'The Sound of Music' 12/22/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:01pm]
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