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Your DayStarter: Today's weather (partly cloudy), PolitiFact checks the first Democratic presidential debate — and stone crab claws

Democratic presidential candidates Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee take the stage Tuesday for a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas. The five candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. [Getty Images]

Democratic presidential candidates Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee take the stage Tuesday for a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas. The five candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. [Getty Images]

Look for partly cloudy skies today giving way to clear skies in the afternoon, according to WTSP 10Weather, with highs in the upper 80s and a slight chance of isolated rain.

• Did you stay up to watch all of the Democratic debate? The staff of PolitiFact did. Read our roundup of claims from the event at PolitiFact.com.

• Then shift from the national political stage to a statewide one as the Associated Press holds its annual politics seminar advancing the legislative session. Gov. Rick Scott kicks off the daylong gathering in Tallahassee with a 9 a.m. speech, followed by a stream of Florida Congressional representatives, Senate President Andy Gardiner, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Follow our live blog with Times/Herald reporters covering the event.

• For 13 years, ESPN has ranked the nation's major sports franchises by combining a number of categories that includes winning, but also factors in fan relations, affordability and stadium experience. How did the Tampa Bay franchises rank? Pretty much how the teams have performed lately: Lightning, great. Rays, middling. Bucs, really bad. Business columnist Robert Trigaux weighs in on the list in a column appearing this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Comic legend Mel Brooks is back in the saddle again, screening his classic Blazing Saddles tonight and taking questions at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Read film critic Steve Persall's interview with Brooks here, in which he calls Blazing Saddles his "funniest film."

• Thursday marks the start of stone crab season, but how good are the waters looking? Food critic Laura Reiley reports on the forecast for this year's haul at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

• Are you there, God? It's her, Judy. The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading is right around the corner, and book editor Colette Bancroft has interviews with this year's biggest speakers, including Judy Blume and Amber Tamblyn. Check out tampabay.com/things-to-do later today.

• Guess what day it is? No, not hump day, it's Plan Your Weekend Day. Our critics have the top picks for shows (a Silence of the Lambs parody), music (Clearwater Jazz Holiday) and family fun (free Pops in the Park with fireworks).

• The Bucs are off this week, but Tom Bassinger will post the latest installment in his week-by-week comparison of this year's top two draft picks, charting each pass Jameis Winston threw against Jacksonville and measuring that performance against No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota's day against Buffalo. Check in at tampabay.com/bucs.

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (partly cloudy), PolitiFact checks the first Democratic presidential debate — and stone crab claws 10/14/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 7:42am]
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