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Daystarter: Teaching Florida's kids to manage their money; why more hammerheads are surfacing in Tampa Bay; a new hurricane season is upon us

Published Jun. 3

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

• We'll have partly cloudy skies and continued warm temperatures today, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible over inland areas during the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s along the coast and lower to mid 90s inland.

• A new hurricane season is upon us, so it's time to get ready. The Tampa Bay Times has all of the latest storm updates and emergency preparation information you need under one URL:

• No one has more valuable experience dealing with the aftermath of a major storm than these two: Bay County Emergency Management Division Chief Joby Smith and Gulf County Emergency Management Director Marshall Nelson both had to guide their communities through the historic destruction of Hurricane Michael. They tell the Times what they learned, and what we can learn from what their counties endured.

• Craig Pittman recently drove through the panhandle and saw the damage wrought by Hurricane Michael. People up there feel forgotten about, and Pittman writes that it reminds him of how folks in the Florida Keys feel two years after Hurricane Irma devastated their communities. Read the hurricane edition of his Oh, Florida! column.

• Watch for Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to begin working in the next few weeks on some business-related goals she outlined as a candidate. Her first step will be to name study groups consisting of city staff and outside stakeholders to make recommendations in five areas.

• It's no coincidence that you're seeing more reports and videos of hammerhead sharks in Tampa Bay waters. Here's why they have become so prevalent in the last couple of weeks.

• High school students have jobs and checking accounts. They take out mortgage-size loans to pay for college. So why shouldn't someone teach them how to manage their money? Florida lawmakers answered the call this spring with a bill requiring every district to offer a high school elective class in financial literacy. Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign it soon. Education reporter Jeff Solochek examines the proposal and why some people think it should be a graduation requirement.

• At Spoto High, the students in Isaac Anderson's social studies class previously had some of the lowest test scores in the school. Fewer than half got passing scores. Then, on the semester exam, their passing rate suddenly and suspiciously soared to nearly 60 percent. School district investigators soon discovered why. And that's just part of what's going on now at Spoto.

• Judy Genshaft had already announced she and her family are donating $20 million to the University of South Florida to build a new honors college. On Saturday, at her retirement gala, the outgoing university president announced she and her family would give an additional $3 million to endow the deanship of the new honors college.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay including a concert by the reunited Hootie and the Blowfish. Also, tax-free shopping continues, Weird Al Yankovic returns and you can soon pet a jellyfish at the Florida Aquarium.

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The Rays struggled to match up with the Twins in a 9-7 loss Sunday. After dropping three of four to Minnesota, Tampa Bay has a losing record against teams with winning records.

• Having three of the top 40 picks in the annual draft that starts Monday night, especially coming off a solid 90-win season, presents the Rays with an important opportunity to add to their burgeoning stack of minor-league talent.

• The Rays face a grueling scheduled in the next few weeks. Can they handle it? Rays beat writer Marc Topkin will be there every step of the way. Follow him at @TBTimes_Rays.

• Get the latest Bucs news as coach Bruce Arians gets ready for the 2019 season and follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD on Twitter and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.


  1. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is hoping to secure a $21.8 million federal grant to help pay for a bus rapid transit line connecting downtown St. Petersburg and the beaches. St. Petersburg City  Council approved an interlocal agreement Thursday supporting the project. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
    Pinellas transit officials hope the project will get a federal grant in 2020. However, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena still oppose it.
  2. Marissa Mowry, 28, sits in a Hillsborough County courtroom court before her sentencing hearing Thursday. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a boy when he was 11-years-old. She was his former nanny, and became pregnant with his child. Photo courtesy of WTVT-Fox 13
    Marissa Mowry was 22 when she first assaulted an 11-year-old boy. Now he’s a teenager raising a son, and she was classified as a sexual predator.
  3. The tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that’s projected to strengthen as it approaches Florida could put a crimp ― or much worse ― in Tampa Bay’s weekend plans. National Hurricane Center
    The National Weather Service warns that the Gulf of Mexico disturbance could strengthen and bring wind, rain and possibly tornadoes to the bay area.
  4. Pat Frank, at a 2016 candidate debate with then-challenger Kevin Beckner. She won. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
    From school board to state lawmaker to clerk of courts, she just keeps on going, Sue Carlton writes.
  5. Researchers from the University of Central Florida and International innovation company, Imec have developed a camera that uses specific wavelength of light to easily find pythons in habitat where they are typically well camouflaged. 
    University of Central Florida researchers worked with Imec to develop the cameras.
  6. Pasco County Sheriff's deputies lead three teenagers from a Wesley Chapel Publix store after responding to reports that the boys had been showing off handguns there in a Snapchat video. PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Pasco County Sheriff's Office
    The three Pinellas boys were apprehended while they were still walking the aisles of the Wesley Chapel store.
  7. The 59-year-old pastor was arrested Oct. 2 after a young woman told investigators he began abusing her in 2014 when she was 14 and he was senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park. Orange County Sheriff's Office via AP
    Rev. Bryan Fulwider was released Wednesday night after posting a $700,000 bond.
  8. Sam's Club fulfillment center manager Nick Barbieri explains to a shopper how the new Scan & Go shop works at 5135 S Dale Mabry Highway. SARA DINATALE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The shuttered store has been reinvented and debuted to the community.
  9. Yogi Goswami
    The Molekule Air Mini is a scaled-down version of its original purifier.
  10. In this image taken from video provided by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, border patrol agents escort a woman to a patrol car on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Fla. The woman had been detained by border patrol agents when she fell ill. The agent took her to the hospital emergency room for treatment. The presence of immigration authorities is becoming increasingly common at health care facilities around the country, and hospitals are struggling with where to draw the line to protect patients’ rights amid rising immigration enforcement in the Trump administration. (Florida Immigrant Coalition via AP) AP
    Hospitals are struggling with where to draw the line to protect patients’ rights amid rising immigration enforcement in the Trump administration.