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The DayStarter: A partly cloudy, warm forecast; Obama to name his Supreme Court nominee, and a push to start over on a Tampa Police review board

The sea fog was back early Wednesday morning, but not too thick for traffic. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge remained open at 6 a.m. It'll be partly cloudy in the afternoon, and temperatures are expected to reach the 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP. It should stay warm through St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, but after that, showers are expected to roll into Tampa Bay this weekend.

Marco Rubio ended his presidential campaign last night after a bruising Florida primary loss to Donald Trump. Our political editor Adam C. Smith explains that in the end he failed to learn from former Gov. Charlie Crist's downfall. We'll be going over the results all day, analyzing what the outlook is going forward for both parties. Meanwhile, we've got county-by-county Florida primary results if you'd like to pick through them youself. We'll post the latest developments and analysis at tampabay.com/politics.

• President Barack Obama says he'll announce his Supreme Court nominee in a Rose Garden ceremony this morning. He's not naming the pick before the 11 a.m. announcement, but the subject line of an email to supporters says: "I've made my decision."

• Captain Steven Stamkos joked that he was bored at times during Monday's relaxing off-day visit to his parents' house. Lightning fans could sympathize after watching an admittedly flat Tampa Bay team in last night's 4-1 loss to the last-place Maple Leafs in Toronto. "It was a really disappointing game," Bolts coach Jon Cooper said. "One team came to win a hockey game, the other team came out thinking they were going to win the hockey game. That was it."

• Want to get a sneak peek of the latest movie theater complex opening soon in cinema-starved Pinellas County? Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) starting about 9 a.m. Watch tampabay.com/money for a full story around 11 a.m.

• The Hillsborough County chapter of the NAACP and the group Tampa For Justice will hold a 3:30 p.m. news conference to announce a ballot initiative to push for the creation of a new Citizens Review Board to oversee the Tampa Police Department, as opposed to the review board that Mayor Bob Buckhorn created last year, and which met for the first time last month. The news conference will be held at the NAACP office, 308 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Follow Tampa Bay Times reporter Richard Danielson on Twitter (@Danielson_Times) for updates.

• Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join Tampa Metro Area YMCA President and CEO Tom Looby and Gayle Hazelwood of the National Park Service for a news conference at 3 p.m. in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. They're expected to make an announcement about first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Outside Initiative, designed to encourage kids to become more active and combat childhood obesity.

• The Federal Reserve wraps up its two-day policy meeting today. The central bank is expected to keep rates steady amid uncertainty about the global economy and financial markets. We'll be watching the wires today for developments.

• In case you haven't noticed, Fourth Street in St. Petersburg is loaded with newly opened restaurants, including Fresh Kitchen, a restaurant known for its veggie bowls and cold-pressed juices, and fast casual Asian chain Pei Wei. And there's more coming.

• Comic con season is upon us, and we have a look ahead to the fan expos coming to Central Florida. Many of them feature heavy-hitting lineups, from comic legend Stan Lee to The Vampire Diaries' super-hunk Ian Somerhalder.

[10Weather WTSP]

[10Weather WTSP]

The DayStarter: A partly cloudy, warm forecast; Obama to name his Supreme Court nominee, and a push to start over on a Tampa Police review board 03/16/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 8:54am]
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