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Daystarter: Pasco ends body farm partnership with USF; decomposed whale dug up from Fort DeSoto; Amalie Arena ice thrown into a dumpster

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

• Typical summertime weather is here with highs in the 90s and a slight chance of isolated showers, according to the National Weather Service. It'll get a tad cooler at night, with temps in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

• It costs money to produce quality journalism. Please support the Tampa Bay Times by buying a digital subscription to Florida's best newspaper and its redesigned website tampabay.com.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Interpol in St. Petersburg, Yes singer Jon Anderson in Clearwater and Jobsite Theater giving a preview of its on Ibsen's drama Hedda, about a woman stuck in a bad marriage.

• Here's a friendly reminder: Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday. We also have a guide to Mother's Day brunches being offered at restaurants in the Tampa Bay area.

• The parents of 3-year-old Noah McAdams on Tuesday asked a judge to let them treat his leukemia with medical marijuana instead of chemotherapy, reports Tony Marrero. The couple that fled to Kentucky to avoid chemotherapy but were located and returned to Tampa believe they, not the doctors or experts or the state, know best. Meanwhile the state is trying to get a judge to allow chemotherapy to resume as soon as possible.

• A reminder that President Donald Trump will visit the heart of his Florida base today when he holds a campaign rally in Panama City Beach. He is visiting an area that was ravaged by Hurricane Michael but is still awaiting help from Washington.

The Tampa Bay area is a hot spot for hepatitis A infections, which are on the rise across Florida. But only a handful of cases are from food service workers. Here's what you need to know about the infection and how it might affect you.

Ron DeSantis, has become the state's most prominent advocate for environmental restoration. After compiling a voting record in Congress assailed by environmental advocates, he campaigned on a green agenda, and to the pleasant surprise of environmentalists pushed in his first days in office for an additional $1 billion in Everglades funding.

• After comparing Trump's information with that of other "high-income earners," the New York Times concluded Trump "appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer." He claimed $1.17 billion business loss in 1985-94.

• Pasco County commissioners voted Tuesday to end a partnership with the University of South Florida to run a body farm and training facility on county land, pushing the university's renowned forensic anthropology arm out of an idea its leader spearheaded. Pasco officials say it was a mutual decision, but USF officials say that is not the case, reports Kathryn Varn.

• Some gas pumps in Florida are looking a little different. The seals signifying that gas pumps have been inspected by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are in the process of being replaced by new stickers with a colorful blue and green design and the face of Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried. But Samantha J. Gross reports that in the final days of session, Republican lawmakers outlawed decals such as those used the Democratic commissioner.

• The Florida Legislature passed a law allowing teachers to be armed while on campus. But six Republican lawmakers voted no. Hear from the five state representatives and lone senator who defied the GOP.

• The Legislature has finished the 2019 session. But what exactly did lawmakers do? The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau has coverage of all the fallout coverage from the state capital at the The Buzz.

• The Tampa Bay Lightning's season came to an end in an ignominious collapse in the first round of the playoffs. Now Christopher Spata captures the mood at Amalie Arena as the ice was broken and disposed of, signaling the start of a long offseason of wondering what might have been.

• The St. Petersburg Housing Agency is pushing back hard against Mayor Rick Kriseman's efforts to oust three members of its governing board. Christopher O'Donnell reports that the housing authority has filed a lawsuit to block the mayor and allow the board to move ahead with a $22 million construction deal to redevelop Jordan Park.

• Craig Pittman was on hand as officials attempted to exhume the buried remains of a 38-foot, rare Bryde's (pronounced "BROO-duss") whale that the scientists had buried at Fort De Soto back in February. It's not easy, or pleasant.

• Our barfly checked out Das Brauhaus in Palm Harbor, an ostensibly German-themed bar and restaurant with real promise of a fresh start thanks to the TV show Bar Rescue. There are more than 30 beers on the menu, and a nifty gimmick that lets you get a custom image printed onto the foam. Our columnist got his portrait on the Smooth Hopperator.

• Four years ago, county staffers recommended that Pasco get out of the glass recycling business. On Tuesday, commissioners began the process of doing just that by starting an overhaul of the recycling program. The board introduced a proposed ordinance to expand curbside pick-up of recyclables to once a week, rather than the current schedule of twice per month.

• After years of complaining that they don't have enough space, Hernando County judges have asked County Commissioners to move out of their chambers for one day a week, so they can use it as a courtroom. In response, the county has committed the space every Wednesday starting May 22 for the county's newest circuit court judge, Don Barbee.

• The nation's fourth largest real estate firm, New York-based Douglas Elliman, announced in February that it was moving into the Tampa Bay market through the purchase of St. Petersburg's Strickland Property Group. The CEO of Elliman's Florida brokerage is Jay Phillip Parker, a lawyer and a member of the Miami Association of Realtors Leadership Board. Parker, 45, recently spoke by phone with the Tampa Bay Times about the Strickland purchase, the overall Florida market and Elliman's plans for the future.

• For Mother's Day treat Mom like royalty with this brilliant baking project. Here are five scone recipes to make for her.

• 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.

• 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.

• The Rays have started this season strong, but can they keep it up? Rays beat writer Marc Topkin will be there every step of the way. Follow him at @TBTimes_Rays.

• 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.

• Buc luck has struck again: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a neck fracture that will require surgery and likely force him to miss the 2019 season, reports Rick Stroud. At the very least, he's out indefinitely following a May 2 one-car accident in Broward County.

• 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.

• 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 on the Gators and Seminoles this spring from Times college football beat writer Matt Baker and follow him on Twitter at @MBakerTBTimes.

• A few weeks ago, Tampa's Aric Almirola told us about his time at UCF and how it affected his career in NASCAR's top series. In honor of teacher appreciation week, we're taking a similar route for this week's Ask Aric, the Tampa Bay Times' periodic feature. Instead of asking him about last Saturday night's Digital Ally 400 or his 11th-place standing in points, we went back to school.

• For the first time all year, King scored against Leto. Jose Santos' RBI single capped a two-run fourth — giving top-seeded Leto the lead for good — and the Falcons pulled away from No. 4 King for an 8-2 victory Tuesday in a Class 7A, District 8 district semifinal. The teams will meet once again for the district baseball title, which the Falcons claimed last year.

• Readers react to a recent Tampa Bay Times report on Tropicana Field attendance and offer their own reasons for the lack of support. John Romano, sports columnist spent a few hours going through hundreds of emails and online comments that tried to put the Rays' plight into perspective by identifying both the legitimate and lousy excuses often given for weak crowd numbers. It's not about pointing fingers or shaming the Rays or their fans. It's about finding solutions.

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