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The Daystarter: The Jameis Winston fallout; from CIA agents to minivan drivers; Pride comes back together in 2018

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

• Get ready for a wet morning as the forecast calls for scattered showers and storms to start the day. There could even be thundershowers and lightning out there, according to 10Weather WTSP. But eventually it will dry out and then hit the low 80s by lunch.

• 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.

• Wallet a little light? Here’s 5 things to do under $5 this week.

• Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston likely faces a three-game suspension, reports Rick Stroud. Here’s what else you need to know about the suspension:

• Matt Baker recounts all of Winston’s past allegations and incidents.

• Greg Auman explains that the Bucs will likely have to call on backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to help the Bucs get through a tough three-game stretch.

• And columnist Tom Jones goes there: It’s time to get rid of Winston.

• Last year St. Pete Pride moved its annual parade to the downtown waterfront, which left bruised feelings where the annual LGBTQ celebration grew up in the Grand Central District. But this year, Pride organizers hope to bring everyone back together, Caitlin Johnston writes.

• Pride week also kicks off tonight. Here’s your guide to Pride and what’s changed in 2018 in the move to downtown. And here’s all the related Pride parties, art exhibits and events happening this week.

• For this St. Petersburg couple, life now is about driving a minivan and volunteering at church — and no longer working as CIA agents. Christopher Spata tells their story.

• Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox II took basketball’s biggest stage on Thursday night and lived his dream: The 6-foot-9 forward was drafted by the New York Knicks in the NBA Draft. Bob Putnam has more on the highest NBA draft pick to ever come from the Tampa Bay area.

• Columnist Sue Carlton writes about the five Hillsborough County commissioners who voted this week to put on the ballot a measure that would make all the big countywide races non-partisan. She argues that the move just might be the ultimate act of partisanship by the commission’s Republicans.

• Alfred "Al" Berry was aptly named for his role: chief promoter of Plant City through his four decades working with the community’s prize event, the Strawberry Festival. He died Monday at the age of 83. Bre Bradham recounts the life of a PLant City icon.

• A Ukrainian oligarch with property in South Beach; a conservative Chicago entrepreneur and a liberal hedge fund billionaire; two candidate’s dads, a couple of loyal business partners and three of Florida’s most powerful corporations. Those are among the donors who have made six-figure investments into the candidates in the Florida’s governor’s race, according to a Times/Herald analysis of campaign contributions through May 2018.

• We talked to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Coco Montrese about hosting Friday’s concert for St. Pete Pride, her memories of the Pulse nightclub and the aftermath of the shooting and even got some makeup tips.

• It’s time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have their top picks on our Weekend Planner page including a guide to St. Pete Pride weekend, and concerts by Bryan as well as Hall and Oates. And on stage, Freefall brings out the parody The Musical of Musicals — The Musical!

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