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The Daystarter: Bucs look ahead after Vita Vea pick; has Florida’s bet on cybersecurity worked?; Hillsborough’s ‘commercial’ success; NRA fundraising strong as ever

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

• Expect some clouds this morning as a weak front moves in, though rain chances stay low, according to 10Weather WTSP. The afternoon high will be in the upper 70s. The weekend brings the heat, with Sunday hitting the mid to upper 80s. The dew point will stay low, though, so it won’t feel oppressive. And it looks like that high-heat-low-humidity combination will carry through next week.

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

• Catch up on all of Thursday night’s NFL draft action, and find out how Day 1 sets up the Bucs for Rounds 2 and 3, at tampabay.com/sports.

• The Bucs’ extreme defensive makeover continued Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft. Tampa Bay traded back five spots from No. 7 to select Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea. Rick Stroud introduces us to a Husky with some heft to his game and given name.

• Tom Jones lauds Bucs general manager Jason Licht’s impressive offseason moves, and clarifies what has to come next. what has to come next.

• Thomas Bassinger and Greg Auman cover several other angles from the first of three days of the NFL draft, including what Vea’s selection could mean to Gerald McCoy.

• And speaking of the draft, should a team take ex-Florida Gators receiver Antonio Callaway? The Miami native is obviously talented ... but obviously troubled, too. Gators beat writer Matt Baker explores whether teams should give him a chance

• In 2014 the Legislature created the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to help build that industry, train a cybersecurity workforce and attract companies in several tech sectors. But as Malena Carollo reports, the agency called "FC2" can’t track how successful it’s been. Meanwhile local companies have their own ideas for building that sector.

• With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world’s most heavily armed border to greet his rival, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim then invited Moon to cross briefly north with him before they returned to the southern side. Stay with tampabay.com for updates on their meeting.

• You would think these would be tough times for the National Rifle Association. You would think so even here in Florida, where the NRA practically dictates gun legislation and swiftly bullies lawmakers who dare stray. In fact, polls in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre that left 17 dead in South Florida said most Americans favored stricter gun laws. But if you figured the NRA’s armor was dinged, you’d be wrong, at least when it comes to the organization’s power to raise money. Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton explains why.

• Since October, production companies have shot 108 TV commercials in Hillsborough, spending $4.64 million on payroll, purchases, rentals and about 4,600 hotel nights, according to Hillsborough County interim film commissioner Tyler Martinolich’s Film Tampa Bay office. The office operates under the umbrella of Visit Tampa Bay, the county’s tourism bureau. Paul Guzzo explains why companies — such as Yuengling beer, Home Depot and NAPA Auto Parts — are filming commercials in a growing Hillsborough market.

• Gov. Rick Scott has suspended Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson from his position on Thursday, a week after the 71-year-old was arrested on prostitution-related charges.

• The federal agency that oversees elections has announced a crackdown on former lawmakers who continue to spend leftover campaign donations long after leaving office. The Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday that it will start scrutinizing the spending of what it called "dormant" campaigns — those maintained by former lawmakers who took advantage of a loophole that allowed them to hoard unspent campaign donations for years.

• Philanthropist David Straz took another step toward a potential mayoral run this week, changing his voter registration from no-party to Democratic. Does that mean he’s finally going to announce he’s running? Well, as William March reports, not quite yet.

• The Golden State Killer raped and murdered victims all across the state of California in an era before Google searches and social media, a time when police relied on shoe leather, not cellphone records or big data. But it was technology that got him. The suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested by police Tuesday. Investigators accuse him of committing more than 50 rapes and 12 murders.

• Three days. That’s how long residents of two unlicensed assisted living facilities sat without running water after the company’s checks bounced. In all, Tampa Bay Behavioral Health owes the city nearly $4,000 in outstanding water bills for the two buildings, at 3418 and 3434 2nd Ave. S. Lack of water was one of the "deplorable conditions" St. Petersburg police cited when they shut down the two facilities last week.

• Writer Barbara Ehrenreich has called herself a "mythbuster by trade." In previous books, she has assailed the positive-thinking movement, and gone undercover to investigate low-wage work in the era of welfare reform, and middle-class job insecurity. In her new book, Natural Causes, she takes an unsentimental look at wellness and death and argues we have made dying more painful and humiliating than it needs to be.

• From our book editor, Bill DeYoung’s Phil Gernhard, Record Man recounts the life of a Florida music powerhouse. His array of No. 1 records began with the novelty hit Snoopy and the Red Baron.

• Fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 5 things to do under $5 this week, including a free show tonight by the 10,000 Maniacs in downtown Clearwater and dragon boat races in Garrison Channel.

• We’ve got a busy weekend ahead with St. Anthony’s triathlon, the Sunscreen Film Festival and the "Most Interesting Man in the World" tending bar tonight in Tampa. Here are the highlights of what’s happening this weekend in Tampa Bay.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Broadway’s Waitress, the Alan Parsons Project and the Florida Orchestra celebrates Broadway/.

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