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The Daystarter: 50 abandon ship in casino boat fire; did Rick Scott flip-flop his position on offshore drilling?; MLK Day parades around Tampa Bay; East-West Shrine Game

A Sun Cruz casino boat headed into international waters from Pasco County caught fire Sunday afternoon with about 50 passengers aboard. Authorities said that all passengers made it to shore and survived the ordeal.
A Sun Cruz casino boat headed into international waters from Pasco County caught fire Sunday afternoon with about 50 passengers aboard. Authorities said that all passengers made it to shore and survived the ordeal.
Published Jan. 14, 2018

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

• A cool and sunny start to the week, according to 10Weather WTSP. By mid-week, another cold front will plunge nighttime lows into the 30s. But by week's end, we slowly start warming back up.

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

• A casino shuttle boat headed into the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Sunday, forcing 50 passengers to jump into chilly water just off a residential neighborhood. The boat was headed into international waters, where gambling is legal, when the fire broke out just after 4 p.m. Read more from the residents and first responders who assisted passengers to shore at tampabay.com.

• There are several parades today to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as a family festival in the Tropicana Field parking lot. Here's a roundup of MLK Day events this week including a free talk by singer and activist Harry Belafonte, who developed a deep friendship with King and played a key role in the civil rights movement.

• After Gov. Rick Scott met with a member of President Donald Trump's administration and struck a deal to remove Florida from a list of states proposed for more offshore oil drilling, claims surfaced that Scott had flip-flopped on offshore oil drilling. Did he used to be for oil drilling off of Florida? PolitiFact decided to measure whether Scott had shifted his position on our Flip-O-Meter. Read the analysis this morning on tampabay.com.

• Great restaurant news. Fabio Viviani, best known for his television debut on Bravo's hit reality series Top Chef — earning the season five "Fan Favorite" title — will open a restaurant in downtown Tampa this spring. Food critic Laura Reiley notes he joins a roster of rumored and real chef developments in our area lately.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay.including the Children's Gasparilla Parade, the Riverdance 20th anniversary tour, and some the best college football players at Tropicana Field for the East-West Shrine Game