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The Daystarter: Houston, we have a winner; Romano on public schools amendment; sewage could resurface in St. Pete mayor race; Monty Python's John Cleese is in town

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

• Temperatures continue to rise, with highs in the low 80s today, according to 10Weather WTSP. Look for mid to upper 80s by the weekend.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• Columnist John Romano writes that a proposed change to the Florida Constitution would open the floodgates and potentially undermine the state's entire public education system in Florida. Read his latest column at

• Just days before the St. Petersburg mayoral race will be decided, the City Council is set to talk about the controversial and scathing state report into the 2015-16 sewage crisis. Charlie Frago reports at why that could turn into a heated discussion between council supporters of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and his challenger, former Mayor Rick Baker.

• From laughingstock to lift off. George Springer and the Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

• Richard Cordray, head of the government-run Consumer Financial Protection Board, is coming to Tampa. Cordray will discuss reverse mortgages and recent developments on regulations surrounding payday and vehicle title loans during a CFPB Consumer Advisory Board meeting at 10 a.m. Check back for updates at

• The Florida Department of Transportation seems to be hitting the gas on plans to build a flyover elevating State Road 54 over north-south traffic on U.S. 41 to relieve one of Pasco County's biggest traffic headaches. But a citizen's task force isn't done evaluating that option. C.T. Bowen explains the conundrum.

• How should the Gators proceed in replacing Jim McElwain as coach? Sports columnist Tom Jones offers his thoughts in an open letter to Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin.

• Before Sunday's Fall Out Boy concert in Tampa, pop music critic Jay Cridlin talked to bassist and band figurehead Pete Wentz. Read here what he had to say about the last 16 years since Fall Out Boy was founded in Chicago, their new album and his band's unlikely influence on rappers.

• It's time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have laid out their top picks on our Weekend Planner page, including hip-hop superstars like Chance the Rapper at the Last Damn Show, side show oddities at the Two-Headed Calf Fest and a slew of comic talent in town. Demitri Martin, Tracy Morgan and the delightful true-crime comedy podcasters from My Favorite Murder will be on stage doing a live show in Tampa.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including John Cleese's local screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Absurd and ridiculous questions requested. Also astronaut Scott Kelly, Sister Hazel and a night market.