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Your DayStarter: Highs in the mid 80s, what the census had to say about Tampa Bay's education and a review of that new Grey Salt restaurant at the Hard Rock

 A view of the private dining room at Grey Salt in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. Opened by New York celebrity chef Marc Murphy, Grey Salt is a Mediterranean restaurant that takes the place of the Green Room.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

A view of the private dining room at Grey Salt in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. Opened by New York celebrity chef Marc Murphy, Grey Salt is a Mediterranean restaurant that takes the place of the Green Room.

Enjoy the warm temperatures while they last. More of that heat is in store today, according to 10Weather WTSP, though it could rain later in the day. Temperatures could fall this weekend, though.

• Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detectives were investigating a shooting involving a deputy that took place around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. Preliminary reports were that a deputy shot a suspect twice during a struggle. The suspect was being treated at a nearby hospital, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said around 7 a.m., and was expected to survive. The deputy was uninjured.

• The Northeast was getting snow, sleet and freezing rain Wednesday morning during the season's first winter storm, but at least reassured residents in New England that winter had actually begun. In the Midwest, things were a little more serious as federal officials monitored 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries, warning that hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri could be threatened by a rare winter flood that already forced closures on interstate highways and widespread evacuations. If you live in Tampa Bay, it means you'll need to keep an eye on flight statuses if you're flying today or meeting someone who is. Around 8 a.m., more than a dozen flights were already affected by delays or cancellations.

• Turkish police detained two suspected Islamic State militants today who were believed to be planning suicide attacks during New Year celebrations in central Ankara, officials said.

• The United States and Iran are working out some issues today after today's announcement from American military officials that Iranian naval vessels conducted a rocket test last week near U.S. warships and commercial traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. The incident is causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal.

• Food critic Laura Reiley checked out the new Hard Rock restaurant Grey Salt, helmed by Marc Murphy, a regular judge on Food Network's Chopped — his first restaurant outside of New York. Will the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa know how to play this hand effectively?

• Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, including an Outback Bowl Beach Day with teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders at Clearwater's Pier 60 for a day of live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests. And Australia's Ten Tenors are at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

• As you shop for your New Year's Eve party supplies, food editor Michelle Stark has some recipes and ideas to turn sparkling wine or Champagne into a festive drink you can sip all night long.

• The pilot of a small plane that smashed into a building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday was not authorized to fly the aircraft, normally used in volunteer search-and-rescue missions, authorities said. Doug Demarest, 42, of Anchorage died when the Cessna clipped an office building and slammed into a commercial building, according to the FBI, which is helping investigate the crash. The first building the plane hit houses a law firm where Demarest's wife works.

• One good thing came out of the great recession. People hoping to climb out of it appear to have gone back to school to improve their employment prospects, Census figures suggest. For many, though, it hasn't translated to the higher standard of living they had sought. Check out tampabay.com later today for our report.

Thomas Bassinger charts every pass by the Bucs' Jameis Winston and analyzes his performance by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

Your DayStarter: Highs in the mid 80s, what the census had to say about Tampa Bay's education and a review of that new Grey Salt restaurant at the Hard Rock 12/30/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 12:20pm]
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