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What you need to know for Thursday, Oct. 12

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

• Watch for a layer of fog in the morning before it burns off into another hot and dry day, according to 10Weather WTSP. Temperatures should reach the low 90s.

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

• On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates. But she lasted only 76 days, until a boy told authorities a shocking story about Martin, complete with romantic takeout dinners, naked cellphone pictures, a butterfly or dragonfly tattoo and carnal assignations on the bathroom floor. The men and women who enforce rules, dole out discipline, offer guidance, and — in many of the facilities — help decide how long teenagers must remain locked up are the foundation of the youth correctional system. Some have backgrounds, and even criminal records, little better than the youths they supervise.

• The fundraising arms race continues in St. Petersburg's expensive mayoral race. The Tampa Bay Rays recently donated $50,000 to the re-election campaign of Mayor Rick Kriseman, while state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, has emerged as a big backer of former Mayor Rick Baker. Charlie Frago explains what these latest donations mean.

• Leo Schofield has spent 28 years in prison for murdering his wife. The Polk County man is scheduled to return to the courtroom today with evidence he says suggests another man did it.

• Ruth Eckerd Hall announced it had another record-breaking year in ticket sales with 88 sold-out shows. Performing arts critic Andrew Meacham looks ahead to a busy fall season as it gains momentum with shows by Johnny Mathis, Jackson Browne, Diana Krall and a Game of Thrones parody.

• The St. Petersburg City Council is set to hold a committee meeting Thursday morning to discuss imposing an "living wage" ordinance that would require the city to pay contractors and subcontractors what it pays city workers. Follow Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates.

• Deal alert! We have a couple of them: The Dali Museum will have $10 admission on Saturday, less than half the usual price, and Busch Gardens is offering free admission through November for first responders and half-price tickets for friends and family.

• It's time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have laid out the top picks including Oktoberfest celebrations, Nelly and Florida Georgia Line together in concert and the Florida Orchestra bringing the swing to a pops show. You'll find these and more on our Weekend Planner page

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a free move in the park and the Naked Magicians at Tampa's Straz Center.

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