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The Daystarter: Lightning’s next opponent and playoffs’ economic impact; Rick Scott earns political victory; what goes on in that pink house?; it’s draft day for Bucs

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

• Another sunny day today with high temperatures in the low 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP. Friday brings the possibility of rain, and the weekend brings the heat: Sunday’s high is in the upper 80s.

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

• Gov. Rick Scott won a political victory late Wednesday when a federal appeals court blocked a lower court ruling that struck down Florida’s system for restoring voting rights to convicted felons. Steve Bousquet explains how it went down.

• How will the Lightning’s latest postseason run impact Tampa Bay’s economy? Depends who you ask. Team gear is flying off the shelves at stores, and sales from merchandise and food inside Amalie Arena are up. The impact on hotel occupancy is a little fuzzier, writes Charlie Frago at tampabay.com. But don’t tell that to Ferg’s Live, the restaurant across the street from the arena. "On game days, it’s rocking,’’ said manager Sly Yossuf said. "Post-season is why we’re all here."

• Next up for the Lightning: the Bruins. Boston beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night and will face the Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals beginning Saturday at Amalie Arena. Get the latest on the matchup here.

• Who will the Bucs choose with the No. 7 pick in the NFL draft? That question will be answered tonight when the team makes its selection anywhere from 9:30-10 p.m. Here’s a compilation of mock drafts that offer a variety of options, and check out our Bucs blog for complete coverage.

• When John Trevena moved next to a pink house on Nursery Road, he didn’t think much of his new neighbor’s choice in paint color. But weeks later, other peculiarities at the home began to concern him. Smoke wafted from the backyard. He and other neighbors say they’ve heard chanting. The home at 2319 Nursery Road is home to the religious nonprofit Divine Bliss International. Neighbors aren’t happy about it.

• Pinellas County has announced a new magnet school for 2018-19, and parents are showing strong interest. Find out why 500 families showed up to two recent open house events at Midtown Academy.

• Yelp changed its search function after Tampa Bay Times reporter Christopher Spata found a disturbing result when searching for dog-friendly restaurants: an Asian stereotype involving dog and cat meat.

• This weekend’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon field will have the usual suspects — world champions, Olympians and a well-rounded field of pros. Oh, and the Iron Nun. Sister Madonna Buder has competed in more than 340 triathlons and 45 full Ironmans. Did we mention that she’s 88? Read more at tampabay.com/sports.

• When Army Gen. Tony Thomas first took over U.S. Special Operations Command, he had the strong urge to toss Google CEO Eric Schmidt out of a car driving down Bayshore Boulevard. That’s because Schmidt was offering the man who oversees U.S. commandos an unflattering report card about how SOCom was failing to utilize deep learning to help solve the complex problems it faced. Read about Schmidt’s tech lesson.

• Were you at last night’s Foo Fighters concert at Tampa’s Midflorida Amphitheatre? Read how it went on our Soundcheck music blog.

• As the Broadway hit Waitress continues its run through Sunday at Tampa’s Straz Center, performing arts critic Andrew Meacham says the performances and songwriting are filling and there’s actually pie!

• It’s time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have mapped out their top picks this week for concerts, shows and family fun on our Weekend Planner page, including a look at all the bars and restaurants in the area that welcome dogs. We also have our top picks for concerts, stage performances, art and family

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a rock symphony at Ruth Eckerd Hall celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, opening night of the Sunscreen Film Festival and a Buccaneers Draft Day party for fans at Raymond James Stadium.

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