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The DayStarter: Today's weather looks nice; a driver is charged in Monday's fatal hit-and-run, and it's the last day to register to vote in Florida's presidential primary

After some overnight storms, today should shape up to be a pleasant day, with partly cloudy skies and a high around 70 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Allison F. Huffman, 36, of Riverview, the woman suspected of hitting a tow truck driver on the Howard Frankland Bridge yesterday morning and leaving him for dead, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death this morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The man she is accused of killing was a married father who worked for his latest employer for about six months. "He was one of the kindest, most good-natured individuals I've ever known," Moralez said.

• Kendrick Lamar had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage at last night's Grammy Awards, but Adele's performance didn't match the greatness of her past live efforts. Lamar started his performance Monday appearing beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and a bruise on his eyes. He went on to fuse rap, jazz, reggae and African sounds for a commanding performance as he rapped The Blacker the Berry and the Grammy-nominated Alright passionately. He ended with a map of Africa, and the city of Compton imprinted in it. Adele sang All I Ask, co-written by Bruno Mars, with a piano behind her. But the audio sounded off and appeared to throw off her performance. Taylor Swift's 1989 was named Album of the Year. Mark Ronson took Record of the Year with Bruno Mars for Uptown Funk.

• George W. Bush never mentioned Donald Trump. But with his folksy touch, the former president unleashed a tough takedown yesterday of the billionaire businessman who has upended a Republican Party his family has long led. With his brother as a strong warm-up act, Jeb Bush delivered an impassioned version of his campaign speech, touting his experience as Florida governor and vowing he could put Republicans back in the White House for the first time in eight years.

• For civics and government teachers, who have to explain how the American political system works, Donald Trump's candidacy has been both a blessing and a curse. Many of their students hear every cringe-worthy comment and come to class with tough questions. But, some teachers ask themselves, how do you teach Trump?

• If you want to cast a ballot in Florida's primary on March 15, the deadline to register to vote is today. Don't forget, Florida has a closed primary system, which means in most cases you must be registered with a party in order to vote. Here's what else you need to know.

• As South Carolina takes center stage in the presidential election, Times political editor Adam C. Smith and Washington bureau chief Alex Leary are on the road with the candidates. Follow their reporting ahead of Saturday's Republican primary with our live blog.

• Conservative and liberal advocacy groups are gearing up for a ferocious political brawl over President Barack Obama's pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the weekend death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and already the battle is spilling from the presidential campaign into some of the nation's most hotly contested Senate races.

• This will be a big week in the evolving U.S.-Cuba relationship with the signing of a new civil aviation agreement, a Cuban foreign trade minister visiting Washington and another round of U.S.-Cuba talks. It begins today with the signing of an agreement in Havana that will allow regularly scheduled airline service between Cuba and the United States for the first time in more than five decades.

• This morning, Russia rebuffed claims that its warplanes struck a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in northern Syria in yesterday's airstrikes that killed at least nine as Syrian government forces and a predominantly Kurdish coalition made gains against rivals in the country's north. In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Syria's ambassador to Russia said the hospital was destroyed by the Americans. Opposition official Abdulrahman Al-Hassan had blamed attacks on Russia because "photos of the missiles have Russian language (and) because we haven't seen this kind (of missile) before the Russian intervention."

• Meet the man behind the man who currently occupies the White House. Brian Mosteller's official title is director of Oval Office operations, but some call him the guy who can basically read President Barack Obama's mind.

• Here are the top things to do around Tampa Bay today, including Tony-winner The Book of Mormon opening at Ruth Eckerd Hall and a discussion of the life and work of August Wilson with the cast of Jitney at American Stage.

• Canadian judge Dr. Richard Meen will have the sole say tonight when the Westminster Kennel Club picks the Best of Show at its 140th Dog Show. Get to know him. Here's how to watch the show, with a photo gallery of some of the events leading up to tonight's crowning.

• The tall ship Lynx, an interpretation of a Baltimore privateer schooner used during the War of 1812, has arrived at the Harborage Marina at Bayboro, where it will stay for five days before it sets sail for its home port in Fairhaven, Mass. There will be free deck tours Sunday.

• Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier slipped out of Rays uniform recently to model some of the latest spring fashions for Bay magazine. Take a look through our gallery of photos from the shoot.

• With the Daytona 500 coming up this weekend, staff writer Matt Baker is with all the Sprint Cup drivers at media day. Follow @MBakerTBTimes on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

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The DayStarter: Today's weather looks nice; a driver is charged in Monday's fatal hit-and-run, and it's the last day to register to vote in Florida's presidential primary 02/16/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 10:58am]
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