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The Daystarter: What happened to Bubba the Love Sponge?; Florida the focus of bomb investigation; Rays lose Baldelli, Montoyo to manager jobs

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

• Pack an umbrella today. Rain is expected to move through the Tampa Bay area in the afternoon and evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. Then a cold front moves through tonight, bringing along autumn-like temperatures behind it. Saturday's high will only be about 80 degrees. Sunday will be evening cooler, with morning temperatures in the 50s and high temperatures in the mid 70s.

• Mail ballots have already gone out for the 2018 election and early voting starts this month. Find out everything you wanted to know about local, state and federal candidates, where they stand on issues such as gun rights, opioids and education using the Tampa Bay Times handy-dandy "Know Your Candidate" voter guide. Remember: Election day is Nov. 6.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including the Florida Orchestra playing Bach anda March of the Pumpkin King Halloween parade in Ybor City.

• Bubba the Love Sponge says he's fallen so far, nothing you say can take him down. Now, he wants his rivals to come down with him. Read Christopher Spata's riveting interview with the former king of morning radio.

• Investigators have been searching coast-to-coast for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, and the focus appears to be Florida. Three more devices were linked to the plot Thursday — two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and one to actor Robert De Niro — bringing the total to 10 in an outbreak of politically loaded menace with little if any precedent. Authorities warned there might well be more. A search of a postal database suggested at least some may have been mailed from Florida, one official said. Stay with for updates.

• For days, Lorraine DePriest has been patching the hole in her abdomen with only toilet paper and clear packing tape. They're the closest things to medical supplies the 55-year-old in Panama City public housing has after Hurricane Michael swept through and destroyed the small monthly stockpile of colostomy bags she has relied on for years. Elizabeth Koh reports that patients like DePriest were already struggling to access healthcare before Hurricane Michael but the storm has only made things worse.

• Confused about the Florida ballot? You're not alone. Kirby Wilson writes about the three things all voters need to know about voting in Florida this year.

• There's a prison company that is betting big on the Florida Attorney General's race. Find out which candidate is getting the money in today's Buzz on Florida Politics.

• For the latest in Florida politics, make sure to check The Buzz.

• Two paths to ease Tampa's affordable housing crisis, tiny houses and upscale urban homes, met with two very different reactions at a Tampa City Council workshop. Tiny homes came out the crowd favorite because it's more affordable than another option that Charlie Frago reports faced a hostile reception from about a dozen East Tampa residents who said residents of the predominantly black area who can't afford such homes.

• St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wants to bring digital information kiosks to downtown, but some business owners and council members aren't sure the large displays fit the city's small-town vibe. Caitlin Johnston reports that some business owners fear all that flashy advertising will annoy patrons — and maybe even steer them away from local businesses.

• No one in Tampa won Tuesday night's $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot. But Paul Guzzo reports on some lucky locals: A Plant City man bought a ticket worth $3 million and a pool of TECO Energy employees purchased a $1 million winner.

• Our delightfully fun new pop culture podcast Life of the Party has a new episode today in which veteran investigative reporter Mark Puente talks bourbon.

• Two days after a suspect died while leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco stood in front of reporters and praised the "heroism" of his deputies for trying to save a kidnapped woman trapped inside the fleeing car. But as Josh Solomon reports, it turns out the woman was not in the fleeing car. The deputies weren't told that information however. Should they have known, and if they had known, would they have continued the chase?

Tampa Bay Times columnist Joe Henderson writes that Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist has painted himself into a political corner. For years here, the only things that seemed to matter to the County Commission were keeping taxes as low as possible and encouraging development no matter the impact. href="" target="_blank">But now transportation is on everyone's minds

Tampa Bay Times columnist Martin Fennelly reports that it's contender-or-pretender weekend for the Sunshine State's college football teams.There's the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville. Clemson will visit Florida State. USF faces Houston. And Miami will visit undefeated Boston College.

• Manager Kevin Cash always praised his players first for the unexpected success the Rays had this season, but he would often make mention of the effort and contribution made by his reconfigured coaching staff. Other teams took notice. And Thursday, the Rays lost two of those coaches for good reasons as field coordinator Rocco Baldelli was named manager of the Twins and a few hours later bench coach Charlie Montoyo was hired to manage the Blue Jays.

• Plant City is no more. Call it Plunk City now, after quarterback Braxton Plunk, who has led the Plant City High School Raiders to an 8-1. Bob Putnam reports on the local legend taking Pant City by storm and even has his own T-Shirt.

• To get the latest Rays' news this offseason, click here.

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Tampa Bay Times Performing Arts Critic Andrew Meacham writes about the cool new production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at downtown St. Petersburg's Williams Park,the biggest ever staged by Studio@620.

• The Tampa Bay Times has teamed up with ProPublica to track anything that goes wrong at the polls this year: Voting abnormalities? Election misinformation? Unusually long lines? Malfunctioning voting machines? Robocalls? Social media rumors? Here's how to reach out to us:

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