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The Daystarter: How Mustang in Bayshore crash could go 102 mph; 'service animals' cause controversy; hurricane season starts today; would Rick Scott really shake up Washington?

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

• The rain continues, with thunderstorms possible today, and a high temperature in the upper 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP. Saturday and Sunday both bring a 30 percent chance of rain.

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

• Court records reveal new information in the case of the young mother and her child who police said were fatally struck by a car while crossing Bayshore Boulevard: The 2018 Mustang GT was going 102 mph at the time, then braked hard before the collision. Claire McNeill has the latest update on the case and information about the latest version of the American muscle car involved in the deadly incident.

• Today is the first day of the 2018 hurricane season, and it comes with some positive news from the hurricane scientists at Colorado State University: They have slightly downgraded their first forecast of the 2018 storm season, saying there could be fewer storms operating at reduced strength. Josh Solomon reports that researchers now project a dead average season — a bit less intense and active than CSU's initial forecast issued in April.

• The start of hurricane season also coincides with that time of year when termites start new colonies. Laurel Demkovich reports that termites can render homes and trees even more vulnerable to storm damage and offers some tips to protect your property.

• The first day of hurricane season is also a good time to start getting your family and your property ready for what might come this year, and the Tampa Bay Times can help. Check out our 2018 Hurricane Guide for helpful tips and information to get ready for the storm.

• And don't forget, today is also the start of Florida's annual sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness supplies, which runs through June 7.

• Keep these links handy throughout hurricane season: Read our

• It's the thrust of Gov. Rick Scott's message as a U.S. Senate candidate: He'll shake up the system and fix Washington. But his populist outsider image clashes with reality, Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet and Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary report.

• As a student at the Florida School for Boys in the 1960s, Bill Price tried to run away from the now-shuttered reform school notorious for decades of physical and sexual abuse. But as an adult, Mr. Price fought to make sure the state acknowledged the wrongs inflicted upon children at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. He recently died at the age of 70, and Paul Guzzo explains why, without Price's efforts, the state would never have apologized for what happened there.

• The eight puppies born at Airside F in Tampa International Airport last week were adorable instantly, internet famous quickly and controversial not long after. The white golden retriever parents, a male named Golden Nugget and the pregnant Eleanor Rigby, were set to board an American Airlines flight to Philadelphia with owner Karen Van Atter. That's when "Ellie" went into labor, while Nugget jumped around like a nervous dad-to-be. It made national news, met mostly with congratulations and "awws" when the airport posted photos online. But the photos drew substantial negative reactions from people complaining that the dogs were not service animals, Christopher Spata writes.

• Sen. Bill Nelson said Thursday he is in favor of allowing doctors to prescribe smokeable medical marijuana to their patients. His stance comes as his would-be election opponent, Gov. Rick Scott, continues to fight in court to prohibit it. During a visit to St. Petersburg, Nelson said he didn't want "a government or a politician to get in the way of a doctor recommending what should be the treatment."

• If you've made a trip to the tax collector's office or paid a utility bill recently, you were likely charged a small amount extra if you used a credit card. Under Florida law, it historically has been illegal to charge an extra fee if a customer wants to pay with a credit card. Unless, that is, the entity charging the fee is a government agency or public utility. Malena Carollo has the details.

• Some bay area Catholic churches say they've been targeted by scammers sending requests, purportedly from their parish priests, for iTunes gift cards. Waveney Ann Moore explains how the scam works and which churches have been affected.

• We knew it couldn't last forever. The ending was, obviously, disappointing, a 7-3 loss to the A's that halted the Rays' latest winning streak at five and sent them off to Seattle with a little less buzz. But the Rays insist that the way they're opening some games such as Thursday's — with a reliever starting and a starter relieving — remains promising, Marc Topkin writes.

• It's been less than three weeks since the court ruled that federal laws couldn't stop states from choosing to allow betting on sports, and no changes are imminent in Florida and most other states. But the SEC is trying to sort through some big-picture issues now before getting into specifics as gambling grows and football season nears. Read more from Matt Baker.

• All hail today! It's National Doughnut Day and we have a roundup of where you can get free treats, doughnut beer and more. The day was created to celebrate the Salvation Army's "Doughnut Lassies," who served the treats to American soldiers on the front lines during World War I. It's evolved into a day of free treats as well as some charitable efforts.

• Here are the top things to do this today in Tampa Bay, including Missing You singer John Waite, comics Damon Wayans Jr. and Josh Blue, and Buddhist monks continue to construct a sand mandala in a local gallery.

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