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Daystarter: Florida allows armed teachers; Jeff Vinik top donor to Jane Castor's mayoral campaign; meet the women joining the Bucs' coaching staff

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

• Wake up to a cloudy morning with 30 percent chance of showers, according to the National Weather Service. That will get worse, increasing to 60 percent in the afternoon and evening. The high will be 88 and the low will be 72.

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

• The Florida Legislature is racing to finish the 2019 session. The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau has the latest coverage from the state capital at the The Buzz.

• Lawmakers aren't done reshaping public education just yet. After about seven hours of angry, sometimes deeply painful debate about race and gun violence that spanned two days, the Florida House on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow classroom teachers to be armed, expanding a program lawmakers created last year after the Parkland shooting, reports Emily Mahoney. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who expressed early support for it.

• The road to nowhere is a go. Florida's largest road project in half a century was given a green light Wednesday, after the House voted to send a bill creating three new toll roads to Gov. Ron DeSantis for approval. Overcoming opposition from environmental groups and questions about whether the roads were needed, the House voted 76-36 to extend the Suncoast Parkway to Georgia, extend Florida's Turnpike to the Suncoast, and build a new toll road from the Naples area toward Interstate 4 near Orlando by 2030.

• Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital announced Tuesday that it has not yet corrected key problems identified by regulators early this year and said it has entered a binding agreement with the federal government requiring it to take special steps to avoid being cut off from public funding, reports Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi. And read their Pulitzer finalist series: Heartbroken.

• Tampa's got a new mayor and Charlie Frago covered her swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. Jane Castor promised to be both a trailblazer and a reliable guide to the city's future in a speech before a packed reception hall at one of the city's buzzy new venues. Castor, 59, gave a 15-minute address that praised her predecessor and enthusiastic supporter, outgoing Mayor Bob Buckhorn, but charted her own path in the "next chapter in the success story that is Tampa."

• Check out the Times' photo gallery of the new mayor's swearing-in ceremony.

• Tampa's new mayor raised $2.1 million in political donations including almost $200,000 from Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik on her way to a rout of retired banker David Straz in the runoff election. Straz, who raised $5.2 million, outspent Castor nearly 3 to 1 but lost by 46 percentage points.

• When he was a professional wrestler, James Harris welcomed the hatred of fans. It was his job, after all, to get booed. For decades, he played wrestler Kamala, a 6-foot-7, 400-pound, uncontrollable "Ugandan headhunter" and battled with beloved grapplers such as Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. But now wrestling fans have rallied to help Harris, who at age 68 suffers from diabetes, has had both his legs amputated and owes thousands in taxes plus mounting medical bills, writes Paul Guzzo.

• When a Tampa couple fled to Kentucky rather than allow their 3-year-old Noah to continue chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, it highlighted the complex tug-of-war that can arise between parents and a child protective system that can declare neglect for avoiding certain medical treatments, reports Tony Marrero.

A Pasco County fencing business got a boost from the Hernando County Commission last month to move and expand its operation to a site near County Fairgrounds. The relocation proposal for Delamere Industries drew discussion among commissioners.

Pasco teens overcome hurdles to find school success. The students find the 'Turnaround' thru motivation from sports, family, to-do lists to get focused on their classes.

• Attorney General William Barr was on the defensive after a letter from Robert Mueller surfaced criticizing how the attorney general handled the public release of the special counsel's core findings.

• Student who tackled Charlotte campus gunman called a hero. Riley Howell died in his classroom at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, charging and tackling a gunman who would kill him and another student and wound four others.

Stung by falling scores and determined to get more students reading, the Hillsborough County School District is poised to bring in outside expertise for a seven-month audit. Marlene Sokol reports that the board is set t vote on a $500,000 contract with Public Consulting Group of Boston.

Read the Tampa Bay Times special report on why so many Hillsborough school children struggle to read:

• A READING RIDDLE: Students are struggling to read everywhere, but why does Hillsborough County have so many of them? Read the Tampa Bay Times special report by education reporter Marlene Sokol on why Hillsborough school children are struggling to read. For more coverage click below:

• Hillsborough students say their love for reading waned over time. 'I'd rather go outside.'

• Listen to a special edition of the Gradebook podcast: When reading becomes a requirement, can kids love doing it?

• 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.

Ladale Lloyd left journalism in 2001, but he never gave up storytelling. Almost 20 years after trading a pen for a paintbrush, Lloyd is repairing the top left corner of Josh Tarbutton's portrait. It's part of Unstolen Dignity, a collection of 25 paintings by Lloyd of former slaves, are created using photos and narratives collected in the 1930s via a project sponsored by the Works Progress Administration and hopes becomes a traveling exhibit.

The Todd Couples Superstore celebrates its golden anniversary. At 50, sex still sells, the business has reinvented itself — after grappling over the years with city and county ordinances — into an 'adult superstore.'

• Spring Hill art gallery aims to help community discover art and artists. Fresh from art school, Ricardo Rivera didn't relish life as a "starving artist." So for the next 30 years, he customized high-end automobiles, designing not just their artwork, but auto parts and panels. He earned more than 200 patents, established his own $2 million company and provided jobs for 20 employees. Yet, Rivera acknowledged recently, "I always wanted to become a gallery owner."

• Bar review: "Das Brauhaus" an ostensibly German-themed bar and restaurant with real promise of a fresh start.

Local craft beer of the week: Paloma, Zydeco Brew Werks. Paloma starts as a blend of sour wheat ales, which are then aged in tequila barrels and flavored with grapefruit purée and grapefruit and lime zest. It's a surprisingly effective combo, with the beer providing a mildly sweet and moderately tart backdrop for crisp grapefruit and citrus flavors, rounded out by peppery tequila.

• Much of the Tampa Bay Hindu community gathered April 9 through 14 to celebrate the grand opening of a new Sanatan Mandir temple. The 12,000 square foot building, which replaced the standing 30-year-old Sanatan Mandir on Palm Avenue, took more than four years and $2 million to complete, said Pawan Rattan, chair of the board of trustees.

• Read the Tampa Bay Times online Sports page with the latest news about the Lightning, Bucs, Rays, Bulls, Gators, Noles and high school sports. Times sportswriter Rick Stroud has the latest reaction and analysis from the whole team via our Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast.

• Meet Bucs assistant coaches Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar will forever be linked as the trail-blazing duo on the first NFL coaching staff to include two female fulltime assistants. Eduardo A. Encina writes that while the two women took very different paths here, their roles on new head coach Bruce Arians' staff are equally as important in Arians' outside-the-box plan to make the Bucs a winner.

• Get the latest Bucs news as coach Bruce Arians gets ready for the 2019 season and follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD on Twitter and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.

• The Rays lost both games in their doubleheader against the Royals on Wednesday: The first was a 3-3 loss as opener Ryne Stanek allowed the first four Royals to reach and gave up three runs. Things got even worse in the second game for the Rays as they lost 8-2 and ace Blake Snell got roughed up again.

• The Lightning face a long, painful offseason. Follow beat writers Diana C. Nearhos at @dianacnearhos and Mari Faiello at @faiello_mari to see how Tampa Bay puts the pieces back together.

• District softball: The Falcons, who had lost badly to Tarpon Springs in the regular season, pull out an 11-6 win in eight innings. Dunedin coach Gary Kifer was talking about his squad's impressive run to the Class 6A-9 championship game — a goal achieved a year early in his five-year plan — but he could have just as easily been describing the events of Wednesday's title tilt against Tarpon Springs.

• District softball: The Warriors, with no seniors on the roster, beat Sickles 8-7 for the title. "This is really gratifying district title, especially with how young we are and were able to come together," Steinbrenner coach Brenda Leach said.

• Florida's top trio is off to a strong start. UF, FSU and Miami have oral commitments from 23 blue-chip recruits. Last year, the three signed a total of 33 blue-chip recruits. No state school has reeled in a top-six class since FSU in 2017. The state hasn't secured two in the same year since 2012, when the Gators and Seminoles both finished in the top four with big-name signees like Dante Fowler and Jameis Winston.

• If you're looking for a somewhat under-the-radar rookie to make an immediate impact for the Bucs, consider Kentucky safety Mike Edwards. His versatility to play the run, blitz and make plays on the football in the passing game is what made him a good fit for Tampa Bay's new defense.

• Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 3-2 and 8-2 losses to Royals in DH sweep.

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