Daystarter: Romano suggests Belichick the best ever after Patriots' Super Bowl win; USF severs ties with Bayfront Health; is bail reform needed?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
Published February 4
Updated February 4

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

• We’ll have another morning of fog and low clouds, according to the National Weather Service. By the afternoon, look for skies to become partly to mostly cloudy in the afternoon, with highs in the 70s.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay including the Florida State Fair turning on the rides and the deep fryers, Gasparilla continues with the Knight Parade and there are fan festivals for the Rays and the Lightning.

• Catch up with pop music critic Jay Cridlin from this weekend’s shows including alt-rock royalty Neko Case in Ybor City.

• Count Andrew Warren among the proponents of bail reform.The chief prosecutor for Hillsborough County recently added his name to a legal brief supporting the plaintiffs in a Texas case challenging the constitutionality of a money bail system. But while he supports reform, Warren says he doesn't see major problems with the bail bond system in Hillsborough County, Dan Sullivan writes.

• Hillsborough County deputies are conducting a death investigation after a body was found when a fire was extinguished at a Brandon home early Monday morning. The cause of death has yet to be determined, deputies said. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

• To cover up one murder, police say Shelby Nealy killed three other people. Nealy bludgeoned Richard and Laura Ivancic, as well as their grown son, Nicholas, before Christmas, according to newly released court records, because they were starting to suspect something had happened to their daughter Jamie. Nealy faces three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the Ivancic family. He spent a month in an Ohio jail but was extradited back to Pinellas County on Saturday.

The University of South Florida is cutting ties with Bayfront Health, ending a short-lived partnership between the university’s medical school and the oldest and largest hospital in downtown St. Petersburg.

• Health care is a top reason that Americans are saddled with debt, says Florida House Speaker José Oliva, R-Miami Lakes. “The two issues that Floridians and Americans are most controlled by nowadays financially are their health care, No. 1 reason for bankruptcy, and student loans, No. 1 debt for young people,” Oliva told reporters last week during the Associated Press’ legislative day. Is that true? PolitiFact Florida has the analysis this morning on The Buzz.

• The Tampa Bay History Center is digitizing everything — from scanning its map collection to 3D scanning artifacts — all in an attempt to make history more accessible than ever. Down the line, this could include 3d scanning entire buildings that we can access in the virtual world. Some museums are already doing that. Paul Guzzo explains how technology is making its mark on our past.

Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley has picked the best 100ish or so restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. Read the Times 2019 guide to the best restaurants around. What follows is Tampa Bay’s top 100ish, grouped by easy-to-use superlatives. As with every year, let me know what I omitted, what I got wrong and what I nailed.

• Is Tampa ready for this? Controversial comic Louis C.K. has been booked for six shows this week at Sidesplitters Comedy Club in Tampa. Five women have alleged C.K. had for years engaged in sexual misconduct, including masturbating in their presence. C.K. has admitted the stories were true. Meanwhile, he has also been quietly working in comedy clubs.

• Columnist Ernest Hooper asks: Is Andrew Gillum a rising star or a passing comet? He writes that the former gubernatorial candidate wowed the crowd Friday night at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Dinner, but sustaining his political viability will be more about actions than words.

• Their rent as tripled in recent years, so Daddy Kool Records is leaving Central Avenue’s 600 block for another artsy district.

• Chelsey Gutierrez of Palm Harbor will attend Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech live, as a guest of U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. She was chosen because her husband Chris, 33, is one of more than 1,100 area Coast Guard members who missed a paycheck during the longest-ever government shutdown.

• For the latest in Florida politics, make sure to check The Buzz.

• 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.

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

• Check out the Times photo and video channels for the most compelling visuals.

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

• A late touchdown in a game hurting for offense helps New England top Los Angeles for a sixth Super Bowl title, matching Pittsburgh for the most league championships.

• After the Patriots' win, columnist John Romano stated his case for Bill Belichick cementing his legacy as the best NFL coach of all-time.

• Did you catch Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime show? The reviews haven't been great, as some are saying the NFL played it safe. The same is being said over this year's Super Bowl commercials (here they are, in case you want to catch them again).

• Florida State starting quarterback Deondre Francois has been dismissed from the team, a day after a social media post accused him of domestic violence.

• For the sixth straight year as a finalist, longtime Bucs safety John Lynch has missed out on the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

• The Times can keep you up-to-date on the Lightning’s quest for the Stanley Cup: Click here for the latest news throughout the season and get the updates on @Twitter from beat writers Diana C. Nearhos at @dianacnearhos and Mari Faiello at @faiello_mari.

• The Bucs have a new head coach. Keep up with all the offseason changes and get ready for the NFL draft by following the Times’ Bucs page which is just a click away at tampabay.com. For the latest team news on @Twitter, follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.

• For the latest Rays news, click here and follow baseball writer Marc Topkin on @Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays.

• Keep up with coverage of Gators’ athletics this winter by following beat writer Matt Baker on Twitter at @MBakerTBTimes.

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

• Listen to our new podcast, Life of the Party, so Stephanie Hayes and Brittany Volk can brief you on latest celebrity news, entertainment headlines, gossip and other weird stuff and help make you far more interesting than anyone has the right to be.

• Don’t just write the right way — write the Lane way. Keep up with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Lane DeGregory’s podcast, WriteLane, and learn about her approach to the craft of storytelling.

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