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The Daystarter: All on the line for Lightning; Wrigley gum heiress is scammed; booze at the Magic Kingdom; Kendrick Lamar review

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

• The forecast calls for partly sunny weather with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of rain is 50 percent, which sounds slightly better than what we’ve been getting this week.

• If the rain lets up today, however, it will be a brief reprieve for the bay area. Expect wet weather for the rest of the week and into Memorial Day as regardless of how the low-pressure system Invest 90L develops or doesn’t develop out in the Gulf of Mexico.

• 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 Cuban national ballet company returning to Tampa and the Rays play the Red Sox.

• Tom Jones and Roger Mooney get you ready for tonight’s Lightning-Capitals Game 7, Tom with a look at the Lightning’s most important player tonight against the Capitals and Roger with a look at Tampa Bay’s to-do list to make the Stanley Cup finals. Check back on our Lightning channel early today for our coverage team’s picks for the most compelling Game 7 personality and the statistics to watch. The puck drops at 8 p.m. The winner goes to the Stanley Cup final. It will all be decided tonight.

• Did you see the hip-hop powerhouse Kendrick Lamar in Tampa last night? Read Jay Cridlin’s review on ther Soundcheck music blog.

• Did you read about the two employees accused of scamming their employer out of $480,000? The state says the victim is Helen Rich, 69, formerly Helen Rosburg, and heir to the Wrigley family gum fortune. Donovan Harrell has the story.

• The young couple whose story traveled around the world after their dream voyage ended early at the bottom of John’s Pass is ready to try again. Three months after the Lagniappe sank, Nikki Walsh, 24, and Tanner Broadwell, 26, said they set sail Tuesday afternoon out of St. Petersburg Municipal Marina on the Lagniappe II. They were finally leaving behind the waters that claimed their old sailboat and most of their possessions save for $90, a phone and their beloved pug Remy when they struck something near Madeira Beach. Read more from Christopher Spata.

• Despite enduring mass shooting after mass shooting, nothing changes and nothing seems like it’s going to change, columnist Sue Carlton writes.

• You did it millennials. Thanks to customer demand from international travelers and craft beef enthusiasts, you can now buy alcohol at every sit-down restaurant at the Magic Kingdom despite Walt Disney’s wishes. But there are limits.

• The name of the new Bay 3 co-working space at the Armature Works goes back to World War I, when the red-brick warehouse overlooking the Hillsborough River was the maintenance barn for Tampa Electric’s streetcar system. As the name suggests, it was one of three bays — 278 feet long, 73 feet wide and 35 feet high — big enough to hold a trolley car or two in need of repair. A hundred years later, Bay 3 is seeing a different style of industry and commerce move in. Richard Danielson has the details.

• After Allison Huffman slammed her car into a tow truck driver who had stopped to help a pair of stranded motorists on the Howard Frankland Bridge, she drove to a hotel and got out to look at the damage. She didn’t call police. Instead, she took a cab to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, withdrew $1,000 from her bank account, and spent the next 11 hours drinking and gambling. Those choices were what landed her a 28-year prison sentence Tuesday for leaving the scene of an accident with death, Dan Sullivan reports.

• Now this is news you can use. We found 8 ways to get on the water in Tampa Bay if you don’t own a boat.

• Pop music critic Jay Cridln talked to John Fogerty, who performs with ZZ Top at Coachman Park in Clearwater on June 2. Read what the Fortunate Son songwriter had to say about Parkland, #MeToo and protest music in 2018.

• Here’s an offbeat way to start your Memorial Day weekend right. Country star John Rich, half of the colorful, multiplatinum country duo Big and Rich, is coming to town for a couple of promotional appearances on Friday, including a tasting of his new whiskey in Temple Terrace. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rich will meet and greet troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. From the looks of things on Twitter, it’ll be quite the event.

• 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.

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