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Daystarter: Prominent Pinellas lawyer John Trevena arrested; new USF president likely by next week; time to stop changing clocks?

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Published Mar. 12

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

Be careful driving with more fog this morning. It should clear up before 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. We're looking at a partly sunny day with a high near 80.

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

• Pinellas lawyer John Trevena was arrested on a domestic violence charge Monday following an argument with his ex-wife, according to Largo police. Trevena, a prominent defense attorney with 33 years of experience, is one of three lawyers representing Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka in a closely watched case that reignited a debate last year about Florida's stand your ground law.

Momentum is building to end the long practice of moving clocks forward in the spring and back in the fall.

• The University of South Florida will likely name a new president next week. The list of candidates to replace retiring president Judy Genshaft will be finalized Friday. Then public, on-campus interviews begin. And by the end of next week, USF will likely name its seventh president.

As many as 10 Tampa flights a day use Boeing jets like the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed. In prepared statements, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines said all flights will continue as planned. Southwest has 34 of the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in its fleet, and American, 24.

• The Hillsborough County School Board will hold a workshop at 10 a.m. today on Achievement Schools, the area's lowest performing. With no district webcast available for this important meeting, we'll live-stream it on the Tampa Bay Times' Gradebook Facebook page.

• A proposal to increase oversight of children's heart surgery programs in Florida cleared its first legislative hurdle in a state Senate committee Monday. The Senate Health Policy Committee voted unanimously to advance SB 1126, which would let teams of physician experts make unannounced visits to children's heart surgery departments and inspect the facilities and outcomes. The bill follows a Tampa Bay Times investigation in November that showed widespread problems at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

• What's the strategy in the Tampa mayoral race? Can David Straz win by avoiding debates? Front-runner Jane Castor appeared Monday night at the first mayoral forum since last week's primary. Straz didn't.

• Tampa Bay talk radio host Bubba the Love Sponge is back in the news for something he recorded years ago, this time with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

• You say you have an "emotional support" animal? This bill says, "Not so fast." The Florida Legislature is considering a bill aimed at people who claim "emotional support" pets to get out of paying pet deposits or into buildings that ban animals.

• A Temple Terrace resident has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the one cent transportation sales tax that Hillsborough voters approved in November. The complaint, filed Friday in Hillsborough Circuit Court, is similar to a lawsuit filed by Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White in December. Both argue that the charter amendment violates state law by restricting the county commission's ability to make final decisions on how the tax revenue is spent. The 30-year tax is expected to raise $15.8 billion.

• Several county employees have become the first casualties as officials try to get a grip on their $11 million budget shortfall. County spokeswoman Virginia Singer was the first announced layoff.

• Frustrated by a divided Congress and rifts within his own party, President Donald Trump is giving little indication in his latest budget proposal of any new policy ambitions for the coming two, or six, years. The budget plan increases spending on his border wall and the military but is light on fresh ideas heading into his re-election campaign.

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• It's tourist season again. That's great news for snow birds and college students on vacation, but bad news for Tampa Bay residents trying to get to the beaches or navigate congested roads.

• Restaurant openings and closings in Tampa Bay: Brass Bowl, Oak and Ola, more. A couple new spots have opened.

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Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said.

• Is it better to be lucky or good? The Lightning was both on Monday night. Of the six goals, Tampa Bay scored four on some kind of flukey bounce. Tampa Bay capitalizes on bounces on its way to a dominant 6-2 win over Toronto.

Tampa Bay loses Kwon Alexander, Adam Humphries to free agency and trades DeSean Jackson to the Eagles. The Bucs are finally going to lose the offseason. So far, they are getting shut out.

• Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson will get what he wants, a trade to the Philadelphia Eagles team that drafted him and a one-way ticket out of Tampa Bay. Terms of the deal have not been released, but the Tampa Bay Times confirmed the deal is contingent on Jackson reaching a new contract agreement with the Eagles.

The Bucs are finally going to lose the offseason. So far, they are getting shut out.

• Spring training is here. Plan your spring training trips by using the Times' handy 2019 spring training guide for Grapefruit League schedules, maps and daily planners.

• He was a baseball lifer who changed the game for a lot of players. He didn't teach baseball players to catch or hit. He taught them how to live in America. He changed how baseball players and teams view the work of cultural assimilation.

• For 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 Mari Faiello at @faiello_mari.

• Adam Humphries will soon be able to answer the question of which quarterback is better: Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota?. The slot receiver will sign for four years, $36-million.

• If ever there was confirmation that DeSean Jackson has no interest in playing for the Bucs, or new coach Bruce Arians, this is it. Veteran receiver tweets "things didn't work out,'' with the Bucs.

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