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The DayStarter: Be ready for rain as classes begin at most bay area schools — plus, meet an Olympian from Tampa

We could be in for some more steady rain today, though 10Weather WTSP says we likely will see more of a return to normal summer rain patterns for the start of the school year in much of the bay area.

• It's time to trade in the bathing suit for that backpack. More than 320,000 students and some 27,000 teachers will be returning to classrooms when school starts in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties today. We're capturing the first day of school around Tampa Bay right here on our live blog. Use #tbtbacktoschool to share photos of your kids heading to the first day of school.

• Need a refresher on how — and how not to — drive past a school bus? The state set up this website on school bus safety.

• Food critic Laura Reiley loves when she can hold up her megaphone to point us to good food in a bad location that might get overlooked. That's why she suggests: Go to Casa Cosenza, where you will find house-made mozzarella balls, battered and fried and paired with curried lentils, and sincerely homemade-tasting soup.

• The Hillsborough LGBTA Democratic Caucus is hosting an event Wednesday featuring candidates in two key local races: Kevin Beckner and Pat Frank in the Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court race and Sean Shaw and Walter Smith in the battle for the District 61 House seat. For Beckner and Frank especially it will be an interesting forum. Beckner is the first openly gay commissioner in Hillsborough and Frank won over the LGBT community when she immediately pushed to allow gay marriages in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Follow Anastasia Dawson on Twitter (@adawsonwrites).

• The public arts committee that will select the art projects that will adorn St. Petersburg's new Pier District is set to meet at 9 a.m. The city plans to spend at least $500,000 on artwork for the new project, set to open in the fall of 2018. Follow Waveney Ann Moore on Twitter (@wmooretimes) for updates.

• Bulgaria native Emil Milev won the silver medal for shooting at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Now Milev, who became an American citizen in 2009, will try for gold in Rio while representing Team USA. Read Martin Fennelly's column on the Tampa resident later this morning at

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including cult film fans gathering for a Coen Brothers classic and Ales and "Tails" environmental talk over craft beers at a local brewery.

Classes are back in session today in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties, and it could be wet. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times (2015)]

Classes are back in session today in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties, and it could be wet. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times (2015)]

The DayStarter: Be ready for rain as classes begin at most bay area schools — plus, meet an Olympian from Tampa 08/10/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 8:05am]
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