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What you need to know for Monday, Dec. 5

• Fog may blanket some areas this morning. Otherwise, look for increasing clouds with a chance of a few scattered showers or thunderstorms by the afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. Expect a high of 83 and a low of 69. There's a good chance for rain Tuesday and chilly weather later in the week.

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

• SolarCity, the largest U.S. solar panel installer, is moving into Florida's residential market — emboldened by the state's voters rejection last month of a utility-backed ballot measure that critics said would make going solar more expensive. To learn more, read the full story this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• A news conference at 11 a.m. today in Tallahassee could provide some insight into whatever happened to Amendment 1, the 2014 ballot measure that voters passed overwhelmingly to dedicate state money for the acquisition and preservation of conservation and recreation lands. Last we checked, some environmental groups had sued the state over what they called the misapplication of the constitutional amendment. The news conference will address opposition to the Rodman Dam in north Florida. But expect updates on the statewide dispute over Amendment 1.

• Not only did the Bucs win their fourth straight game Sunday, but nearly everything else across the NFL went their way, giving an additional boost to their playoff chances with four games remaining. In fact, if the playoffs started today, Tampa Bay would be in the playoffs. Catch all of the Times' coverage of the 28-21 victory at San Diego at our Bucs page.

• Plan some fun for your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including Christmas shows, boat parades and Adam Sandler bringing his comedy buddies to town.

• We expect to get a first look inside the new Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center this morning in Tampa. That's the new name for the historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, which has gotten a $30 million makeover. An official opening is scheduled for Thursday.

• Major League Baseball's winter meetings are under way, and the Tampa Bay Rays could be looking to trade some of their pitching depth.

• Natasha Richards, a Clearwater-based performer who won dozens of titles in local and national drag pageants, died Friday at age 44. She used her commanding presence to raise money for charities and was the go-to person for gay pride celebrations, said close friend Gregory Brady. Read more about Richards and her extraordinary life and talent.

• In case you missed it: St. Petersburg professional Nikita Hill started the "Let's Talk About It" program to provide young girls with mentors and role models from the ranks of young professional women. Hill said she was inspired when she noticed her daughter's peers were unhappy with their lives and how they felt about themselves. Read Times staff writer Sara DiNatale's story about the new program.

• We had hundreds of comments on our Facebook page about this hipster Nativity scene with a selfie-taking Joseph in a man-bun. It's $130 and selling fast.

What you need to know for Monday, Dec. 5 12/05/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2016 12:17am]
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