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The Daystarter: Another problem for Jameis Winston; selling Hillsborough’s proposed school tax; milestone win for Blake Snell

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

• It’ll be a sunny morning but the clouds will gather by the afternoon. The change of rain also increases to 30 to 50 percent in the afternoon and into the evening, according to the National Weather Service. The high will be 92, and the weather will get drier as the sun sets.

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

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a new virtual reality film at the Florida Holocaust Museum and Broadway’s Chicago at the Straz Center.

• The Red Tide algae bloom has been spreading through Tampa Bay waters since last week, killing all kinds of marine life. And it’s killing business. Pinellas County’s Economic Development Office says so far it has received 15 inquiries from businesses considering the state’s emergency bridge loan program to help them get through the bout of Red Tide, which has no clear end in sight.

• If you’ve got questions about this Red Tide outbreak then Craig Pittman has the answers. And don’t forget: For the latest Red Tide developments, make sure to check tampabay.com.

• The Bucs may be flying high after a 2-0 start but suspended quarterback Jameis Winston is still grounded. His latest problem: the Uber driver whose accusation of sexual assault led the NFL to suspend him for three games filed a federal lawsuit against Winston.

• Winston’s three-game suspension ends before the Sept. 30 game at Chicago, but beat writer Rick Stroud writes that fans shouldn’t expect the Bucs to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick right away. "FitzMagic is 2-0, after all, and that’s a short week to get ready, which means Fitzpatrick may end up starting four games before Winston can take his starting quarterback job back.

• The latest Bucs news is just one click away. Check out the Tampa Bay Times coverage all season long.

• Clay Hollis won a plum assignment when he was named director of external affairs in Adam Putnam’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services last year. When he was hired for the $91,000-a-year job, Hollis was 27 and working as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney. Before that he was a two-month intern for U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Also in his background? Hollis is the son of a former vice president of Publix, M. Clayton Hollis Jr. — one of the largest donors to Putnam’s campaign for governor. Read Steve Contorno’s latest exploration of the Putnam-Publix connection.

• Are you ready to get spooked all the way back in time? The top horrors at Universal and Busch Gardensare going back to the ‘80s for their best scares this year, from the Netflix hit Stranger Things, to 1982’s Poltergeist and that old classic, creepy clowns.

• But if you are looking for a more family scene, we have a roundup of the best kid friendly, not-so-scary Halloween fun here.

• Hillsborough voters will decide in November whether to approve a half-cent sales surtax to help the struggling school district pay for badly-needed infrastructure improvements. To sell the plan to voters, Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins on Tuesday night held one of several public meetings across the county.

• For the latest education coverage, make sure to check The Gradebook.

• Blake Snell joined David Price as the only 20-game winners in Rays franchise history in a 4-0 win over Texas that improved them to 84-66 and moving them to within 5½ games of Oakland, which lost to the Angels, for the final American League playoff spot, albeit with only 12 games left.

• The Sunshine Music Festival won’t be returning to St. Petersburg in 2019, but the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the festival’s anchor, said it has some special plans for St. Pete/Tampa Bay. You can find that and recent concert announcements on our Soundcheck music blog

• It’s time to swizzle it. Food critic Laura Reiley says bartenders in major cities around the country are employing this old-fashioned tool for showstopper drinks, often of the tiki variety. Read all about it here, including some recipes.

• A sudden boomlet in premium office space is getting boomier as developers detail their plans for the first of three office buildings planned at Midtown Tampa, a $500 million mixed-use development near Interstate 275 and N Dale Mabry Highway. Midtown One is planned to rise seven stories, grounded at the base by first-floor retail and topped by a curved, sail-like facade. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019, with completion expected in late 2020. Take a look at what to expect.,

• It had been at least three years since Gerald Williams, 48, cut his hair. For years he had done it himself, dragging a stick razor across his scalp to give himself a skin head that was low-maintenance enough for living on the street. But his hair had grown back wild and coarse. The cure came Tuesday at an event for homeless people at the ACTS Firemen’s Hall Community Center in Tampa. Read about how the program helps to lift spirits.

• Rick Scott’s "Make Washington Work Bus Tour" came to an end Tuesday in Orlando. It was a bumpy ride — not the smooth and carefully scripted event that Floridians have come to expect from the always-on-message governor. Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet asks: could the 10-day bus tour be a metaphor for Scott’s U.S. Senate campaign?

• For the latest in Florida politics, make sure to check The Buzz.

• To get the latest Rays’ news, check out the Tampa Bay Times coverage down the home stretch.

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