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The Daystarter: Rays keep winning (and their stake in a new ballpark); algae, blame cover political waters; March For Our Lives in St. Petersburg

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

• Expect showers and thunderstorms in the early afternoon west of Interstate 75, according to the National Weather Service. Those storms will shift east toward rush hour. High temperatures along the coast will peak in the mid to upper 80s, but will rise to the low to mid 90s inland.

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

• Fed by heavy May rains, government inaction and a toxic combination of runoff from ranches, septic tanks and sugar farms, toxic algae — with a consistency often compared to guacamole — is becoming powerful ammunition in Florida’s political food fight. It is threatening to kill fish, foul beaches and spoil tourist-driven economies for yet another summer, offering both parties a prop with which to bash their opponents for inaction and claim credit for recent efforts toward a solution.

• What’s next after the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their dream stadium in Ybor City? How to pay for it. Richard Danielson reports that principal owner Stuart Sternberg says the team will chip in more than the $150 million he mentioned last year to build the proposed $892 million ballpark. But he also said the Rays won’t pay for half of the new stadium.

• Meanwhile, the Rays are killing it on the field. Joey Knight breaks down how Tampa Bay rallied for a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Rays have now won five in a row, swept four out of the last five home series and are now 14-1 — the best 15-game stretch in franchise history. Tampa Bay is now 48-44 and will head into the All-Star break no worse than .500. Meanwhile, the Times learned that the Rays are sending down top prospect Willy Adames,/a>.

• When Rick Scott became Florida’s governor in 2011 he also became the wealthiest governor in state history. But just how wealth has never been known to the public as the governor and his wife Ann Scott shielded their assets by using a blind trust and privately held partnerships. But a recent transaction gave the Scoots a revenue boost of $550 million. Still, there’s still a lot the public does and doesn’t know about the governor’s blind trust and wealth.

• Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the board. The company made the announcement late Wednesday, hours after Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May.

• Tampa Bay’s first tiny-house community won unanimous approval Wednesday from St. Petersburg’s Development Review Commission. Pedro Medina, manager of the project, said he hopes to start construction this fall on six houses in the city’s Midtown area. Initially, they wouldn’t be for sale but instead would be rentals, possibly through Airbnb

• The charitable organization that owns a 20 percent stake in St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Health hospital is working with local governments to improve the public’s health, part of a strategy to make a difference in new and often subtle ways. The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg on Wednesday announced its "Health In All Policies" project, aimed at getting local officials to think more deeply about the impact of their decisions, large and small, on residents’ well-being. Over the next three years, the foundation will spend $1.55 million to hire three planners who will join the staffs of the city of Pinellas Park, the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County government.

• The March For Our Lives students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are trying to visit every Florida congressional district before Aug. 1 and this week their focus is on the vaunted I-4 corridor. At 11 a.m., they will be at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg for a Road to Change rally and voter registration party. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

• Gayle Guagliardo, better known as television news anchor Gayle Guyardo, is suing over her father’s estate, saying an error with a trust interfered with her inheritance of his Davis Islands home. The lawsuit accuses attorney Randell Miller and his successors of failing to obtain a waiver from Guyardo’s late mother that would have allowed the home on Riviera Drive to be inherited by Guyardo, 52, and her daughters.

• Before he arrives in Tampa this weekend at SharkCon we spent more than an hour jawing with Richard Dreyfuss about his long career, the making of Jaws and why Bill Murray is kind of a jerk.

• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham’s biggest political asset is her father, Bob Graham, a popular former governor and senator with deep ties throughout Florida. He’s also her biggest donor, after giving another $250,000 to her campaign last month. Lawrence Mower looks at how the Graham family is helping her campaign.

• Former Plant High School and University of Miami quarterback Robert Marve has been accused of sexual assault and battery, according to police and court records. Channing Tomes, 27, an ex-girlfriend who said she has known Marve since 2016, filed for a restraining order in Hillsborough Circuit Court this week, alleging that he struck her in the face, chest and body, and stomped on her throat.

• Will and Jamie O’Shea say they’re desperately looking for their missing St. Bernard, who disappeared from their home Monday. Logan, age 7, should be easy to spot: He weighs 200 pounds.

• It’s time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have loads of recommendations on our Weekend Planner page, including Sam Smith in concert, a new comedy at American Stage, the Extreme Mud Wars and the stars of Sharknado and Richard Dreyfuss of Jaws are in town for SharkCon.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including free admission at the Holocaust Museum to mark the end of its blockbuster visiting exhibit on the capture of Adolf Eichmann.

• Will and Jamie O’Shea say they’re desperately looking for their missing St. Bernard, who disappeared from their Treasure Island home Monday. Logan, age 7, should be easy to spot: He weighs 200 pounds. How does someone lose a dog that big? Bre Bradham explains why the couple fears the worst and what they’re doing to find Logan.

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