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The Daystarter: What do the ‘Women in Red’ think about Jameis Winston?; Republicans still sweet on sugar (donations); Graham Brink on the bull market’s long run.

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

• The usual summertime weather: Highs in the low 90s, up to 30 percent chance of rain in the Tampa Bay region, and even higher inland, according to the National Weather Service.

• 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 screening of Jaws on the beach followed by an optional night swim, and indie folk group Family and Friends play in Ybor City.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their fourth annual "Women in Red" outreach program for female fans on Tuesday night. Did the suspension of quarterback Jameis Winston have any effect on the team’s relationship with women? Here’s a hint: About 1,000 women showed up. Find out the rest from Ernest Hooper and Katelyn Massarelli.

• When the current bull market started more than nine years ago, Barack Obama was only six weeks into his first term as president, Instagram hadn’t launched and Facebook would not be publicly traded for another three years. Short of a meltdown, the little stock rally that could will set a record today for longest bull market in U.S. history, surpassing the dot-com run up of the 1990s. Times Business columnist Graham Brink explores how we got here and where the market is headed.

• Florida’s 2018 election cycle has not been sweet for the sugar industry. Toxic green slime is suffocating Lake Okeechobee and surrounding waterways, which has largely been blamed on "Big Sugar" whose polluted runoff has contributed to the crisis (though isn’t the sole cause). Yet in this notably anti-sugar environment, three of the top candidates for Agriculture Commissioner — in this case, all Republicans — have accepted more than $1 million in both direct contributions from U.S. Sugar as well as entities that advocate for its interests, such as the Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

• Speaking of the 2018 election, the Aug. 28 primary is next week. There’s still time to start researching the candidates using the Tampa Bay Times 2018 Florida Voter Guide. Find out everything you need to know about those running for governor, the Legislature and your local governments. And check out the latest poll numbers.

• Just the fear of Red Tide spreading north has led to the cancellation of a popular annual Tampa Bay event. Tampa Bay Watch has announced it is calling off its annual Great Bay Scallop Search, which was expected to draw 200 people this weekend, out of concern that Red Tide could arrive from the south.

• Surprise, Tampa: A City Council member who isn’t even running could be your next mayor and the first African-American to hold the job. What would a Mayor Frank Reddick administration look like? Times columnist Sue Carlton considers the plot twist.

• Pinellas County school officials have notified families at Azalea Elementary in St. Petersburg that lead levels in the water there are above the federal safety threshold, and they are using water bottles as a precaution. District spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said in an email that the school’s water supply recently was tested at the meter and found to be over the threshold for lead set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The water was retested Tuesday and results are expected later this week, she said.

• With only online word of mouth generating heat, the Instant Pot pressure cooker bubbled to the surface to become the "it" appliance of modern kitchens. Here are some easy recipes to get you started

• This isn’t absolutely the best run of pitching the Rays have ever had, the fifth-inning home run Blake Snell allowed to Ryan O’Hearn snapping their latest scoreless streak at 27 innings, tying the franchise record set in the 2013 playoff season. But it sure has been darn good. And quite surprising. Marc Topkin discusses the surge after the Rays’ 4-1 win over the Royals.

• Donovan Smith’s 48-game starting streak might be in jeopardy after the Bucs’ left tackle suffered what first appeared to be a potentially serious knee injury during an 11-on-11 period Tuesday at training camp. Smith’s legs were rolled up on the back side of a running play. He tossed his helmet off and remained on the ground for a minute or two. He needed to be helped off the field by trainers. But after more tests, the team believed by Tuesday evening that Smith has a chance to return in time for the regular-season opener at New Orleans on Sept.?9, Rick Stroud writes.

• This fall, Florida’s theme parks are rolling out attractions aimed at foodies having learned Epcot’s lesson of offering higher quality food and craft beers. We have a look at what to expect at Busch Gardens new Bier Fest, which opens this weekend. And Epcot’s heralded Food and Wine Festival will have 35 new dishes this year and a whopping 70 new beverages and cocktails. And even SeaWorld is getting into the game with a new Craft Beer Festival with more than 100 beers on tap.

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