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The Daystarter: Hit-and-run driver plows into New Tampa family on bike ride, killing father; who will pay for their name on proposed Rays park in Ybor?; Rays complete series sweep of Yankees

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

• We’ll have another wet day to start the week, with widespread afternoon and evening thundershowers, according to 10Weather WTSP. High temperatures should top out near 90.

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• A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a Tampa father and seriously injured his young son Sunday afternoon as they went on a family bike ride. According to Tampa Police, 42-year-old Pedro Aguerreberry and his sons Lucas, 8, and Bennett, 3, were riding their bicycles on a bike path off New Tampa Boulevard when a vehicle veered off the road and into the family. The father and his 3-year-old son were struck. TPD located the vehicle — a dark red Dodge Avenger — in the Pebble Creek area of New Tampa early Sunday evening. A suspect is now in custody. This is a developing story.

• Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are ballparks whose names are woven into the lore of America’s national pastime. Petco Park and Guaranteed Rate Field? Not so much. The trade-off for that clunky corporate handle is typically an annual payout of millions of dollars — a revenue stream certain to play a key part in the funding puzzle for a new ballpark. Who will pony up the tens of millions to put their name on a proposed Rays ballpark in Ybor? Tampa 2020 is getting started trying to find that corporation. Read the story by Charlie Frago and Christopher O’Donnell on tampabay.com.

• A new ad portrays Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson as a career politician who doesn’t have the backs of senior citizens. The New Republican PAC, which is backing Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s closely watched Senate race, released a 30-second ad criticizing Nelson’s voting record in Congress. The ad juxtaposes Nelson’s mugshots from the 1970s to the 2000s with claims about his votes on Medicare and Social Security, two federal programs that largely benefit seniors, at the time. "Politician Bill Nelson continues to run for public office, leaving few footprints behind," a narrator says. "Votes with Hillary Clinton 89 percent of the time. And raises taxes again. Cuts to Medicare providers, weakens Social Security protections." PolitiFact Florida gets to the bottom of the Medicare and Social Security claim this morning on tampabay.com.

• The Hillsborough County school district is trying to do for 50 high-needs what it couldn’t do for seven -- bring equity into a system that is hamstrung by poverty and other disadvantages that cause some children to enter and leave the system with low reading and math skills. We check in with them on this endeavor, most recently at Monday’s teacher hiring fair. Read Marlene Sokol’s story on tampabay.com.

• On Friday, a federal judge permanently dismissed the case of Peter Sloan, a 61-year-old Tampa man who has claimed he is the illegitimate son of William Shatner and that the Star Trek actor is aware of their blood tie. Shatner publicly denies he has a son. Two years ago, contending Shatner’s disavowals damaged his reputation, Sloan filed a lawsuit alleging slander, libel and defamation. Read Paul Guzzo’s story on tampabay.com.

• Columnist Ernest Hooper writes he’s not sure what the people behind the outbursts we’ve seen in the last week — forcing White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders to leave a Virginia restaurant, shouting down Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen at a dining spot and challenging Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at the Tampa Theatre — are hoping to accomplish. If it’s to change policy or help those in need, it’s not going to work. He write that for civil disobedience to succeed, it must be strategic and stake out a moral high ground. Read Hooper’s column on tampabay.com.

• Maybe you want to track your tree-trimming request. Or see what kind of water mains were worked on last month. Or check how many police calls came from downtown on a recent Thursday before 4 p.m. (The answer is 25.) Now city residents can find that info and more all in one place — St. Pete Stat, the city’s new interactive website that displays data from six departments and is looking to add six more by December. "The idea was to have a way to look at departments and to be able to understand what was going on," project coordinator Debbie Volks said. Read Justin Trombly’s story on tampabay.com.

Jake Bauers hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning as the Rays defeated the Yankees 7-6 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday. It marks the first time this season the Yankees have lost three straight and it extends the Rays home win streak to six.

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