As a cold front sweeps across Florida, showers are possible early this morning, followed by potential thunderstorms late through the night. Another round of storms looks likely late Saturday, according to 10Weather WTSP.
• The funeral service for Hillsborough sheriff's deputy John Kotfila is scheduled for this morning. Kotfila, 30, was killed last weekend while on duty when a wrong-way driver struck him head-on on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. The woman who called 911 after the wreck says she's convinced he saved her life. Follow our reporters Tony Marrero (@TMarreroTimes) and Dan Sullivan (@TimesDan) on Twitter for live coverage starting at 11 a.m.
• If the FBI wins its court fight to force Apple's help in unlocking an iPhone, the New York Times reported yesterday, the agency may run into yet another roadblock: Apple's engineers. Apple employees are discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees. Among those interviewed were Apple engineers who are involved in the development of mobile products and security, as well as former security engineers and executives. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that the Apple-FBI showdown might be about a lot more than just one iPhone — it may be the first salvo in a broader government war against encryption.
• Making weekend plans? There's a lot to choose from. MacDill Air Force Base once again opens its gates to the public this weekend for AirFest, local cooks compete for bragging rights at the Cuban Sandwich Festival and Cirque du Soleil goes 3D to tell James Cameron's Avatar story. Our critics and entertainment writers offer their recommendations on the bay area's best things to do on our Weekend Planner page.
• Shalethia Stringfield, who has seen her share of pain and tragedy, will help the USF women's basketball team pursue glory this weekend in the NCAA tournament. Look for her story this morning at tampabay.com/sports.
• Some local craft beer lovers may have been saddened by the news this week that the brewery that helped put Tampa Bay on the craft beer map — Cigar City — will be bought by a Colorado brewery. But business columnist Robert Trigaux says that's just the way any business — including the hip beer business — works.
• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Los Lobos on stage in Clearwater and Pinellas Park firefighters' annual chili cook-off.