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The Daystarter: Is time running out for Ron DeSantis?; Bucs won’t tip hand on Fitzpatrick-Winston decision; St. Petersburg’s new $79 million police headquarters has a leaky roof

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

• Scattered thunderstorms will develop along the east coast in the morning and early afternoon and travel westward throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. It’ll still be warm thought with near-record temperatures in the mid 90s and a heat index between 100 to 103.

• 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 the Yankees playing the Rays and the co-founder of LinkdIn and a PBS anchor talk about the future of work.

• Before two of the most crowd-pleasing acts in country take the stage in Tampa on Friday, Darius Rucker talks to pop music critic Jay Cridlin about why the Hootie and the Blowfish song Hold My Hand is the missing link between him and Lady Antebellum , which makes it the perfect centerpiece of their 2018 co-headlining tour.

• There’s plenty to parse after the Bucs’ 30-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday Night Football. There were no lack of issues, yet Tampa Bay is still 2-1 and scoring points at an impressive clip. Coach Dirk Koetter on Tuesday and Rick Stroud reports that he met with both quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jamies Winston but did not say who will start Sunday against Chicago. Meanwhile, Stroud says Fitzpatrick "a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/2018/09/25/ryan-fitzpatrick-played-better-than-you-may-think/" target="_blank">played better than we might think.

• Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has terrorized other teams with his play and his skills. Still, he has been dogged by unfair criticism that he’s too nice. Well, he was caught on audio being nice during one moment in Monday night’s loss, telling Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger "My fault, Ben" — but that was after he leveled the QB.

• Thomas Bassinger identifies a serious flaw in the Bucs’ defense despite the team rallying to close within 3 points of Monday night’s game: the defense is still unable to generate consistent pressure on the quarterback. Check out his latest Turning Point.

• Will the real Rick Scott please stand up? Steve Bousquet and Steve Contorno explain that the Rick Scott who’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 often bears only a hazy resemblance to the newcomer who burst onto the political scene to become Florida’s governor eight years ago.

• After facing complaints about the racial issues among his supporters, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is trying to turn the tables on Democratic rival Andrew Gillum by criticizing his association with the "Dream Defenders," labeling him as a "radical" for supporting the social justice organization. Gillum’s campaign said he’s not in lockstep with all of the Defenders’ positions.

• Meanwhile, a month after winning the nomination, the DeSantis campaign looks strikingly wobbly compared to the juggernaut Republican gubernatorial campaigns we’ve seen from Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. Adam C. Smith wonders whether DeSantis’ campaign is running out of time to show he’s ready for big leagues

• The autopsy for Markeis McGlockton, who was killed in a shooting that set off a debate about Florida’s stand your ground law, shows the bullet entered his body at an angle and tore through his heart and both lungs. Kathryn Varn reports on those and other details revealed in the autopsy report.

• Pasco County has released audio of the chilling 911 call made from the scene of Monday’s domestic violence murder-suicide in Land O’Lakers, where authorities say a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy killed his wife, then turned the gun on himself in an act of suicide. Howard Altman reports on the call made by a 14-year-old who was in the house the night of the shooting.

• Homeowners across the Tampa Bay will be on alert as the Federal Emergency Management Agency releases it’s latest proposed flood maps for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. Malena Carollo and Mark Puente explain how bay area homeowners could be affected.

• St. Petersburg is building a new, $79 million police headquarters off First Avenue N and the project has hit another snag. This time, it’s a damaged roof. Workers were installing the roof when an issue was discovered with one of the layers, causing it to leak, according to the city. But Caitlin Johnston reports that the city says it won’t delay the spring 2019 opening, or cost more to fix.

• Dozens of birds have ended up at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores in recent days, sickened by Red Tide. That has included at least 18 red knots, a large type of sandpiper that is considered threatened by the federal government and has been particularly hard hit by the algae bloom. It is believed that the birds are eating dead fish killed by Red Tide. Read Craig Pittman’s report on the efforts to nurse them back to health.

• Columnist Sue Carlton reminiscences on the passing of one of the best known attorneys in the bay area: Barry Cohen. Read her column here and read all about the legendary legal battles he fought over his long career.

• Madeira Beach’s municipal problems produced a contentious ethics hearing as attorneys spent seven hours questioning — and sometimes shouting at — witnesses in the case of Commissioner Nancy Oakley, who is accused of sexually harassing former City Manager Shane Crawford. If you want to read more — and warning, it’s pretty bad — this explains just how bad things got.

• The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed a years-long study to update flood zone maps in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. The maps represent the government’s estimate of flood risk on a parcel-by-parcel basis and ultimately determine what people pay for flood insurance.

• Meet the Lightning’s newest acquisition: Danick Martel. Tampa Bay claimed the forward off waivers from Philadelphia and he had to move fast to get acclimated to his new team.

• From our food editor: Pork’s reputation is better than ever. Here’s why

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