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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, 2019

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. Jarvis Delon West was arrested on child neglect charges after he didn't report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police.
  2. Daily recreations like this Bible scene at the Holy Land Experience in Orlando will be ending at the Christian theme park, which has been suffering from low attendance and debt for years.
  3. Medical Examiners Office personnel and Gainesville Police remove items from a Gainesville home after discovering jars of human tongues beneath the home Monday.
  4. Madico spent $40 million developing its new corporate headquarters and factory on Belcher Road in Pinellas Park. [Amy Pezzicara | Pezz Photo]
  5. Suzi Goodhope of Havana, Fla., and Shiraz, an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, are helping in the search for an African American cemetery forgotten somewhere on the grounds of MacDill Air Force Base. Goodhope trains human-remains detection dogs in Havana, Fla.
  6. Associate professor of biology Caitlin Gille leads the Pasco-Hernando State College faculty union, which challenged the school's public comment rules.  (Photo Courtesy of Caitlin Gille)
  7. In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before reporting to prison after his conviction on corruption charges. President Donald Trump is expected to commute the 14-year prison sentence of Blagojevich. The 63-year-old Democrat is expected to walk out of prison later Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
  8. The fields are set for the April municipal elections in Pasco County. Times (2012)
  9. A courthouse regular snapped this image of a llama, named Thaddeus, as the animal strode past the Hillsborough County courthouse Monday. The llama's visit to Tampa became a social media sensation.
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  11. The developers of Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel are planning a $736 million downtown core to accompany nearly 2,700 residences and 355,000 square feet of commercial and office space in a walkable neighborhood. . As part of the deal, Pasco County will consider kicking  in a $33 million 30-year incentive, mostly a tax rebate to help with infrastructure costs.
  12. A "wild night" in Poinciana left two people dead and one shot seven times, but in stable condition.