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The DayStarter: Florida's Democratic lawmakers call for a special session on guns, and St. Pete weighs how to remember a controversial mural

• Scattered thunderstorms between 8 and 9 a.m., according to 10Weather WTSP. High today around 90 degrees.

• Florida Senate and House Democrats plan a news conference at noon at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando to push for a special session on new gun restrictions. Democrats will deliver petitions to Secretary of State Ken Detzner that will require him to poll all 160 lawmakers on the issue. "Three-fifths of both chambers must agree to a special session — an impossibly high hurdle even if this were not in the heat of a campaign," writes Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet.

• The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida will hold an 11 a.m. news conference at its Tampa headquarters to release a report prepared by CAIR and the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley detailing the more than $200 million provided to 33 Islamophobic groups operating in Florida and nationwide in recent years. The report also documents the negative impact of Islamophobia on American society. Follow Tony Marrero on Twitter (@TMarreroTimes) for updates.

• The St. Petersburg Public Art Commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. to discuss replacing the mural that Uhuru leader and activist Omali Yeshitela famously tore down in 1966. Earlier this year, Yeshitela blasted the city's attempts to replace the mural, and the Uhurus protested a City Council meeting. Yeshitela has been invited to participate in the selection process. Follow Langston Taylor on Twitter (@LangstonITaylor) for updates.

• Also at 9 a.m., Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins will announce 20 top appointments as part of a major reorganization. Eakins says the goal is to decentralize the district's bureaucracy and have its offices respond to the schools' needs instead of dictating to them. Follow Marlene Sokol on Twitter (@Marlenesokol) for news of the assignments as they are announced.

• Here are the the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

• More than 1,100 high school football players worked out in front of representatives from 40-plus colleges over a 16-day span recently at college football satellite camps in the Tampa Bay area. College football writer Matt Baker offers five things we learned scouting the camps.

Brandon Wexler demonstrates a weapon for a customer at K&W Gunworks in Delray Beach on Jan 5, 2016, the same day President Obama announced executive action on guns. On Tuesday, Senate and House Democrats in Florida will push for a special session on gun restrictions. [Joe Raedle | Getty Images]

Brandon Wexler demonstrates a weapon for a customer at K&W Gunworks in Delray Beach on Jan 5, 2016, the same day President Obama announced executive action on guns. On Tuesday, Senate and House Democrats in Florida will push for a special session on gun restrictions. [Joe Raedle | Getty Images]

The DayStarter: Florida's Democratic lawmakers call for a special session on guns, and St. Pete weighs how to remember a controversial mural 06/28/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:44pm]
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