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The Daystarter: Lightning stays alive in big way; taste-testing new McDonald's burgers; reviewing Justin Timberlake's visual spectacle; it's graduation season

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with Nikita Kucherov (86), Steven Stamkos (91), Ondrej Palat (18), and Dan Girardi (5) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) VZN209
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with Nikita Kucherov (86), Steven Stamkos (91), Ondrej Palat (18), and Dan Girardi (5) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) VZN209
Published May 16, 2018

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

• More tropical moisture is coming in from the south. Expect another rainy started off at 7 a.m. with an up to 60 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. By 2 p.m. the chance of rain will go up to 80 percent. Areas without rain can expect high temperatures, 80 along the coast and up to 85 inland.

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

• Here are the top things to do today including The Machine Stops, E.M. Forster's dystopian tale penned in 1909, at Freefall Theatre. Also, Drag Queen Bingo.

• The Lightning made it a series Tuesday night in Washington when all the Tampa Bay stars came out in a 4-2 win over the Capitals. Here's how to watch Game 4 Thursday night from Washington, D.C.

• Amalie Arena was packed to the gills for a Justin Timberlake concert that was quite the visual spectacle. Read Jay Cridlin's review here.

• Starting today at Tropicana Field and extending into early June, Tampa Bay area high schools begin the process of graduating thousands of seniors. Get the rundown at tampabay.com.

• This month, McDonald's show got a little more sizzle. In the approximately 890 locations in the Florida region, McDonald's rolled out fresh beef for its premium burgers: the quarter pounder, the double quarter pounder and the signature crafted recipe burgers. On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times visited a McDonald's on Seminole Boulevard in Largo for an exclusive taste test: Fresh beef patties, never frozen, no fillers, no preservatives, just a little salt and pepper. See what we thought of the new burgers.

• The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission reached a controversial decision this week: approving a proposal to fill in 3 acres of open water north of Rocky Point Drive, near the eastern end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. As Charlie Frago explains, opponents can't believe that the commission would allow 16 townhomes to be built in a coastal flood zone

• Even though a circuit judge has ruled that Tampa strip club owner Joe Redner can grow and juice his own marijuana, he was barred from doing so until the appeals process is finished. So Redner's lawyers filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday asking the court to lift the stay preventing him from doing so, arguing that the state is endangering the health of their client, a cancer patient.

• Testimony began Tuesday in a federal trial over a $10 million lawsuit a couple filed against three Hernando County deputies, blaming one for the husband's broken eye socket. A deputy told a markedly different story.

• Get out your calendar, the Tampa Theatre summer movie classics series is bringing two sing-along Mary Poppins screenings and the actor who played Big Mike in The Blind Side for a Q&A.

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• From our food editor, here are some food and drink recipes to host a royal wedding watch party on Saturday. Have a British breakfast for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day.

• In Hillsborough County there is an actual roadway named Uncle Tom Road. The name of the road is real, and so is the history behind that racial slur. Commissioner Les Miller, the board's lone black member, wants the road to be renamed and Sue Carlton explains the compromise that could make it happen

• Get weekly cooking tips and recipes, short how-to videos and more at Stark From Scratch, a new cooking blog from Times food editor Michelle Stark.

• Keep these links handy as hurricane season approaches: Read our

• Trying to find the right formula for an innovative company? Two events in Tampa on Tuesday tackled the topic from different vantage points — having a diverse workforce and smart use of analytics. Surprisingly, there was a lot of similarity in the discussions at both events.

• The business of filming NFL practices has been risky business. Videographers climbed aboard small platforms that can be elevated as high as 50 feet, giving them a view of the entire practice field. The Bucs this spring joined a growing number of NFL and college teams using new technology provided by a Titusville company that makes the process far safer. Check our Bucs channel for the story later today.

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