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Published January 9
Updated January 9

Here are the top five latest stories today.

Johns Hopkins hires former prosecutor to investigate All Children’s Heart Institute

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees has appointed a former federal prosecutor to lead its investigation into the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute, the health system announced late Tuesday.

F. Joseph Warin, of the law firm Gibson Dunn, and his team “will review the events that led Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to suspend heart surgeries at the Heart Institute and will report their findings to a special committee of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees no later than May of this year,” the health system said.

As Red Tide returns to Florida coast, government shutdown affects some efforts to track it.

The Red Tide algae bloom that floated away from shore around Thanksgiving has popped back up near the beaches of Sarasota and Manatee counties, but scientists say the federal government shutdown is making it harder to track where the toxic algae is and where it might go next.

Because of the shutdown, federal scientists who were helping analyze data and produce forecasts and other reports are sitting at home, not working in their laboratories.

New Port Richey drops funding for Main Street organization

After nearly three decades of partnership, the city has stopped making grant payments to the New Port Richey Main Street program, cutting off funding that has been controversial for years.

The New Port Richey City Council last week held a work session to discuss the Main Street relationship.

How Cubs manager Joe Maddon helped recruit Bruce Arians to the Bucs

Bruce Arians needed some convincing.

At 66, the retired former Cardinals head coach was interested in interviewing for the Bucs job. His trip to Tampa on Friday night, however, became a recruiting.

That's when the Bucs got an assist from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 56 - The boy

This podcast features a discussion around the third chapter of a multi-part series, which was published by the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 18, 2018.

Read the series here: Lincoln’s shot

A new podcast is available each Wednesday morning on the Times’ website and a variety of places, including iTunes. Go here to listen and subscribe for free on the Podcasts app and iTunes.

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