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What you need to know for Tuesday, Nov. 14

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

• Cool and dry today, with temperatures peaking in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. That's the theme this week, as temperatures barely breach 80 degrees. And a cold front is set to move in by the weekend.

• 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 Hillsborough County School Board is set to hold its last meeting before the Thanksgiving break at 3 p.m. today, but it may not be very festive. Hundreds of teachers are expected to attend in protest over an ongoing pay dispute. Students across the county have held demonstrations in support of the teachers. The board is also expected to pick a new chair today, a process that proved contentious two years ago. Get the story at tampabay.com and follow @adawsonwrites for updates.

• Former Tampa Fire Rescue firefighter Tanja Vidovic's sexual discrimination lawsuit against the city of Tampa goes to trial in U.S. District court today. She was one of several female firefighters who raised concerns in 2015 about the department's treatment of women. She sued and got fired. Follow the trial this week at tampabay.com.

• Pop music critic Jay Cridlin talked to rocker Sammy Hagar before his show tonight in Clearwater's Coachman Park with his supergroup of former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, guitar whiz Vic Johnson and drummer Jason (son of John) Bonham. Read what he had to say about his bar and restaurant empire and why a Van Hagar reunion isn't happening anytime soon.

• Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought his charitable "Thanksmas" event back to the Tampa Bay area on Monday. When Maddon was the Tampa Bay Rays' skipper, he served his family's recipes to the homeless every year. Now he's bringing that tradition back to homeless shelters in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Jon Capriel has more at tampabay.com.

• Following a year of record revenues, Tampa Port Authority President and CEO Paul Anderson is getting outstanding reviews from his board members. But a couple of them, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, say they want to see better leadership in light of news reports about excessive port executives' spending on golf club memberships, Tampa Bay Lightning hockey tickets and fine dining on the port's tab. Business reporter Richard Danielson has the details at tampabay.com.

• Just announced: Concerts coming to Tampa Bay in the coming months include Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift and another outstanding Strawberry Festival lineup including Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and DNCE, the group fronted by Joe Jonas. Find all you need to know on our Soundcheck music blog.

• From the food editor: 5 pies to make for Thanksgiving dinner.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a free talk by comedian Ian Harvie of the Amazon series Transparent, a mega career fair and a performance by former Van Halen star Sammy Hagar.

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