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The Daystarter: South Florida rapper gunned down; latest on the immigration controversy; the album we’ve all been waiting for

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

• It’s here: summer. Highs this week will all be in the 90s, with feels-like temperatures near 100 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP.

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

• Protests were held on both ends of Pinellas County on Monday in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they seek asylum at the U.S. border. "Children are not pawns," "No kids in cages" and "I would rather deport racists than immigrants" were waved by a crowd of people who stood in the afternoon at the corner of State Road 580 and McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. That evening, more than 100 people gathered at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg to hold a rally organized by the Florida chapter of the Women’s March. Stay with tampabay.com for the latest reaction on the policy. Sen. Bill Nelson said he plans to tour a facility in Homestead in which up to 1,000 children are being held. Stay with tampabay.com for the latest.

• South Florida rapper XXXtentacion was shot and killed Monday in while driving in Deerfield Beach. Jay Cridlin writes the artist born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy found it difficult to stay out of legal trouble, though that reputation only helped to ignite is stardom.

• They appear to rise out of nowhere — two enormous, reclaimed-water tanks with an artist’s white clouds scudding across a blue background. A closer view reveals silhouettes of a lone coyote howling at the sky, mangrove islands, oak, cypress and palm trees and shrubs. It’s one of the city’s newest murals, rising across from the Mangrove Bay Golf Course. Waveney Ann Moore describes at tampabay.com the concept that city officials said was meant to create "a more pleasing, scenic view for the folks who live in nearby neighborhoods."

• Pop music critic Jay Cridlin takes a spin through Everything Is Love, the long-awaited debut album by Beyonce and Jay-Z as a duo. Billed as "the Carters," Bey and Jay, our critic thinks this might be the year they take Grammy’s top prize home.

• Jobsite Theater closes its season with Dancing at Lughnasa and performing arts critic Andrew Meacham says its virtues are many. "This drama by the celebrated Brian Friel captures a family’s joys and sadnesses, and the quickness with which one state can lead to the other, with an unsparing loveliness."

• The bad news? Rates will keep rising as the city tries to pay for the $326-million state-mandated fix of its sewage system. The good news? The cit will have more cash to pay for the repairs would save the city in the long run by reducing borrowing costs. Caitlin Johnston goes inside the debate in the latest saga of the St. Petersburg sewage crisis.

• State Rep. Jake Raburn hasn’t had a challenger since the Republican first won the District 57 seat in 2012. Now that he has a Democratic challenger, though, Raburn announced on Facebook that he has decided not to run for re-election in 2018.

• Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella was plotting to do so. "I was managing ahead of my time,’’ he cracked Sunday in New York. "A couple years ahead.’’ Read more from Marc Topkin.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including $5 admission to the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art and the University of Tampa sponsors talks by renowned poet Juliana Gray and writer Stefan Kiesby.

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