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Your DayStarter: Today's weather (still November, at least for now). Also, a look at how to spend resort taxes and state job numbers

President Barack Obama will meet with French President Francois Hollande to discuss the fight against ISIS.

President Barack Obama will meet with French President Francois Hollande to discuss the fight against ISIS.

It will be cool again today, and breezy, according to WTSP 10Weather. Expect highs in the low to mid-70s and lows near 60, with little chance of rain.

• President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, who is meeting with world leaders all week seeking pledges of support in France's fight against the Islamic State.

• Also today, President Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a group that includes Willie Mays, Gloria Estefan, Itzhak Perlman, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor. Among those receiving the award posthumously is Minoru Yasui, who challenged the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. His family says he would be outraged at the current treatment of Syrian refugees.

• How will Pinellas County Commissioners decide to spend $48 million in resort tax money? In August, commissioners agreed to increase it. They'll vote tonight on whether to lock in at least 60 percent of the revenue, nearly $30 million, on marketing and advertising. That could limit how much the county could spend on brick-and-mortar projects, such as a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays or the Rowdies. Watch for developments this evening at and

• Just in time for Black Friday, the Florida Public Interest Research Group will release its annual "Trouble in Toyland" report, a list of toys it says are dangerous. Other consumer advocates, as well as U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, will be on hand for the 10:30 a.m. annoucement at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg. Check in with later today.

• Business columnist Robert Trigaux breaks down some of Florida's employment numbers to determine how the state compares to other states.

• No time to bake for the holidays? Here are the best places to pick up dessert in Tampa Bay. For the vegetarians in the family, here are some helpful ideas.

• Here are the top things to do today, including outdoor ice skating in Tampa.

• Bucs beat writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman discuss the team's 45-17 victory over Philadelphia and record-setting performances by Jameis Winston and Doug Martin in the latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast. Look for it by lunchtime at

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (still November, at least for now). Also, a look at how to spend resort taxes and state job numbers 11/24/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:50am]
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