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Daystarter: A measly $4,500 fine for All Children's Hospital; Tallahassee Republicans and ballot initiatives; Rays fall, but Bulls still alive

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Published Mar. 29

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

• Expect sunny skies starting today and through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The highs will be in the 80s, and tonight's lows will drop to the upper 50s. The lows for the rest of the weekend will be a tad warmer in the 60s. No rain is expected either, so enjoy it.

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• Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay.

• After Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital acknowledged it hadn't reported several serious medical problems, the state could have fined it millions of dollars. Instead, it fined the hospital $4,500. All Children's has gotten in trouble for not properly disclosing incidents before. Read more about the issues facing St. Petersburg's children's hospital from reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi.

• READ THE INVESTIGATION: Johns Hopkins promised to elevate All Children's Heart Institute. Then patients started to die at an alarming rate.

• In 2015, John Jonchuck dropped his dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, off a St. Petersburg bridge. Now he's on trial for his daughter's murder and his lawyers are employing the rare and risky defense that he is not guilty by reason of insanity. Follow the Tampa Bay Times for full coverage of the Jonchuck trial. Here's the latest developments:

LIVE BLOG: The Trial of John Jonchuck Day 9: Watch as the defense introduces insanity

WATCH: Check out the live freed from the courtroom at tampabay.com.

THE FOCUS: The trial of John Jonchuck comes down to one question: Evil or insane?

FULL COVERAGE: Why is the Times covering the Jonchuck trial gavel-to-gavel? Senior Deputy Editor Amy Hollyfield explains why.

GOT QUESTIONS? Follow the Times coverage at tampabay.com/jonchuck and share your questions in the comments. We'll answer as we go.

READ: The Long Fall of Phoebe Jonchuck by Pulitzer-prize winner Lane DeGregory

• A familiar face returns to Tampa to take on one of the toughest jobs and most important commands in the U.S. military: Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. assumed command of U.S. Central Command in a ceremony on Thursday, reports Howard Altman. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presided over the change of command ceremony.

• Republicans in Tallahassee control both chambers of the Legislature and the governor's mansion, and they've appointed every member of the Florida Supreme Court. Now Samantha J. Gross and Lawrence Mower report that Republican lawmakers are taking aim at the last realm outside their grasp: Voters' access to amending the Florida Constitution through ballot initiatives. Two bills Republicans introduced this week would make it far more difficult to gather the signatures needed to get constitutional amendments before voters. And they would thwart two major amendments that could appear on the 2020 ballot, one raising the minimum wage and the other allowing "energy choice," advocates for those ideas say.

Police have released a composite sketch of the gunman being sought in Wednesday's fatal shooting in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood. A $3,000 reward is also being offered for information about the shooting and ensuing car crash.

A man wounded a Pinellas County deputy and K9 unit after fleeing a traffic stop early Friday morning before turning the gun on himself, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

• The Florida Legislature is in session. The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau has the latest coverage from the state capital at the The Buzz.

• The Tampa mayor's race is headed down the stretch. Click here for full coverage of the race and follow Tampa city hall reporter Charlie Frago on Twitter for the latest developments.

• St. Petersburg police have released a composite sketch of the gunman being sought in Wednesday's fatal shooting in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood. A $3,000 reward is also being offered for information about the shooting and ensuing car crash.

• Jane Castor has already made history as the first woman and first gay woman to have served as Tampa's police chief. But if she wins the Tampa mayoral race on April 23, Charlie Frago reports, she's going to rack up a whole lot of other firsts, starting with becoming the first out mayor in Tampa history and the first gay woman to lead a major Florida city.

In the home stretch of the race to replace Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, it's down to two: A former police chief who shows up to multiple forums and debates so voters can size her up against her last remaining opponent. And a rich guy who doesn't.

• With architecture as low-slung as a classic Florida ranch house, the new innovation center that Jabil opened Thursday is not much to look at from the outside. But Richard Danielon writes that what counts is what happens inside the labs that Jabil has moved into the 40,000-square-foot center. The research and development building is the first of four phases of construction planned as part of a $67 million expansion of Jabil's headquarters campus on Roosevelt Boulevard.

• Check out the Times online Business page for the latest on the economy, jobs, real estate, retail and workplace culture.

• For the latest education coverage, make sure to read The Gradebook. And check out the Gradebook podcast as education reporter Jeffrey Solochek leads a weekly discussion about Florida education.

• The Times online Arts and Entertainment page tells you everything you need to know about what to do, see, eat and experience around town.

• Read the Tampa Bay Times online Sports page with the latest news about the Lightning, Bucs, Rays, Bulls, Gators, Noles and high school sports.

Life of the Party podcast: Kristen Hare tells us how to achieve chemistry over balance. Plus, here's what Barbra Streisand said about Michael Jackson and what Apple is doing with your television.

• Check the Times Rays page for a complete report on the Rays' 5-1 season opening loss against the Astros. Follow beat writer Marc Topkin throughout the season on @Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays. And read Topkin's top three takeways from Thursday's loss.

• Cy Young winner Blake Snell struggled in Thursday's loss, especially compared to last year's American League Cy Young runner-up Justin Verlander. Rick Stroud writes that the Astros' Verlander came into the game with some motivation to beat the Rays, and Snell.

• Columnist Martin Fennelly writes about Tropicana Field, an Incredible Shrinking Ballpark that is now cashless, upper deck-less, more energy-efficient and even greener (the turf, that is.) But hey, at least it was opening day.

• The USF men's basketball season isn't ending anytime soon. The Bulls dominated the second half Thursday night en route to a 56-47 win over Loyola Marymount in the College Basketball Invitational semifinals at the Yuengling Center. Now Joey Knight reports that USF will play its first-ever game in April as Game 1 of the best-of-three finals starts Monday at 7 p.m. at home.

• Mari Faiello highlights one of the more enchanting aspects of hockey: the sounds of the game. There's also still time to vote on your favorite Lightning-related GIF. For this and all the latest on the Lightning's quest for the Stanley Cup, click here throughout the season and follow beat writers Diana C. Nearhos at @dianacnearhos and Faiello at @faiello_mari.

• Who should you bet on the Bucs taking if they keep their No. 5 pick in the first round? Find that story and all the latest offseason changes by following the Times' Bucs page which is just a click away at tampabay.com. For the latest team news on @Twitter, follow Stroud at @NFLSTROUD.

• All the Bulls news you can use is right here from Times beat writer Joey Knight. Follow him on Twitter for the latest at @TBTimes_Bulls.

• Get the latest sports news, reaction and analysis from Times sportswriter Rick Stroud and the rest of the crew on the Bucs, Bulls, Lightning, Gators, 'Noles and Rays via our Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast.

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