Tuesday, November 21, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (partly cloudy, chance of meteors), why you're okay sleeping at Tampa's airport and why we love (and hate) 'Back to the Future II'

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Expect partly cloudy skies with a decent breeze and a chance of isolated showers, according to WTSP 10Weather. Highs will be in the upper 80s, with nighttime temps dropping below 70.

• Carly Fiorina headlines the Hernando County GOP's Reagan Day Dinner tonight at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill. Times political editor Adam C. Smith will be reporting on the upstart Republican presidential candidate. Look for his story Wednesday night on our politics blog at tampabay.com/buzz.

• The Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight and into Thursday morning. NASA says the best time to watch is just before sunrise Thursday. A live stream of the night sky from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will be available via Ustream beginning at 10 p.m. tonight.

• Ever been stranded in an airport Planes, Trains & Automobiles-style and had to contemplate sleeping there? If that happens, Tampa International isn't a bad place to catch some ZZZZs, according to a recent study. Why? How? Check out Justine Griffin's story this morning. (Especially if you're just waking up at the airport.)

• Jameis Winston and the Bucs were off Sunday, but Marcus Mariota was in action. Tom Bassinger charts each pass and assesses how he performed at tampabay.com/bucs.

It's Back to the Future II Day — the day Marty McFly shot ahead to find hoverboards and Jaws 19 in the theaters. Celebrate Oct. 21, 2015 with costume contests and '80s music at local parties. And check out Steve Spears' list of 20 things he loves — and 15 he can't stand — about the movie.

In honor of the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, we're celebrating literature with beer at 3 Daughters Brewing in downtown St. Petersburg. Bring new and used books to 3 Daughters Brewing tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. for a traditional book swap. Never been to a book swap? Get all the details and RSVP in the official "Books and Brews" event page on Facebook. For other things to do today, visit tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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