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The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

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

• The rain is back, and it won’t let up through the Memorial Day weekend. Blame Invest 90L, the low-pressure system brewing in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center predicted the system would travel north into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical system. So all that’s left to find out is how much rain it will dump on the bay area when it enters the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Weather Service. But right now, get ready for a 50 percent chance of rain with thunderstorms returning late in the morning and then turning into scattered showers by the afternoon.

• NOAA will hold an 11 a.m. conference call to discuss its forecast for the upcoming hurricane season. Check back with tampabay.com for what’s ahead.

• For music fans, this nasty weather couldn’t be coming at a worse time. Saturday brings three huge concert festivals to different corners of Tampa Bay: The Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival at Curtis Hixon Park and the 97X Barbecue Music and Arts Festival at Vinoy Park. Jay Cridlin has the details on how the three fests are preparing/.

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

• The two cars raced each other along Bayshore Boulevard just before noon, witnesses told police. One was a black 2018 Mustang. The other a gold Nissan. They sped side-by-side, trading the lead, police said, despite the traffic and pedestrians around them. The race ended with the death of a 24-year-old mother struck while pushing her stroller across the boulevard, according to Tampa police, while her 21-month-old daughter was seriously hurt. Learn more about the three who were arrested, and stay with tampabay.com for further developments.

• This was not how it was supposed to end. But end the Lightning season did Wednesday night, brought to a screeching halt by the Washington Capitals. It officially ended with a 4-0 loss, but Roger Mooney asks whether it was over as Game 7 was starting. Tom Jones reminds us of all the Lightning accomplished this season, and why the fact someone else is headed to the Stanley Cup final hurts so much.

• A legion of Lightning fans gathered at Amalie Arena on Wednesday to watch the Lightning win Game 7 and advance to the Stanley Cup final. Alas, that’s not how it worked out. Charlie Frago was there and talked to stunned and disappointed fans after the end end of Tampa Bay’s season.

• Meanwhile over at the Trop, the Tampa Bay Rays suddenly find themselves unable to replicate the success of their recent road trip. Marc Topkin reports from Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox as the Rays have dropped two straight .

• One bay area team that came through Wednesday night was Calvary Christian. The Warriors defeated Jacksonville Trinity Christian 2-1 and tonight will play for its second straight Class 4A state baseball championship tonight. Rodney Page reports from Calvary Christian’s 60th straight win going back to the final game of the 2016 season.

• It’s where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. It’s where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the program’s biggest road games. It’s where folks showed up in their Sunday best to devour Mama’s Meat Loaf, Sweet Heat Fried Chicken and Selmon’s Melt In Ya’ Mouth pecan pie. It’s where I had lunch with my friends every Christmas Eve. Read Ernest Hooper’s very personal account of the closing of Lee Roy Selmon’s in Tampa and how it’s the end of an era for a place that holds so many memories for so many people.

• Tampa’s first charter review commission has delivered its recommendations after nine months of work. Its modest proposals includes cleaning up archaic or redundant language in the City Charter and adding more protections from discrimination. But the members complain that Mayor Bob Buckhorn could have done more to help them do their job. Meanwhile the City Council will review its recommendations at today’s 9 a.m. meeting. Follow Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates.

• If there is a candidate for Florida Governor that the Republican Governors Association doesn’t seem to like, it’s Gwen Graham. Nine of the association’s latest news releases from Florida take aim at the the former Congresswoman, who is considered a front-runner but slightly behind in polls to former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

• Kathryn Varn reports that Clearwater has wrapped up its investigation into the abuse of sick leave into the fire department, resulting in the departure of a deputy fire chief.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including live music and screening of Back to the Future in the park, rapper Tory Lanez at the Ritz Ybor and comic Chingo Bling is at the Improv.

• It’s time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have mapped out their top picks this week for concerts, shows and family fun on our Weekend Planner page including 9 ways to get on the water if you don’t own a boat, some fun giveaways at the Rays game this weekend and slew of Memorial Day weekend events, concerts and services.

• Keep these links handy as hurricane season approaches: Read our 2018 hurricane guide, keep track of storms with our live radar, download our weather app and sign up for weather alerts.

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