The Daystarter: About the Bucs' hiring of Bruce Arians; Florida's Congressional delegation reacts to Trump speech; Ron DeSantis' inauguration, and the celebration that followed

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
Published January 9
Updated January 9

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

• Temperatures will be a little cooler thanks to a dry cold front coming in. Expect weather in the upper 60s and low 70s, according to the National Weather Service. There will be breezy winds, cloudy skies and the lows will drop to the 60s and even cooler on Thursday in the mid 40s.

• Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today including a preview of Jobsite Theatre’s modern take on Othello and a free happy hour concert by the Florida Orchestra.

• The Bucs’ hired the 12th head coach in their history, and sixth since 2008. Bruce Arians wrote a book titled The Quarterback Whisperer, the next chapter of which will be written in Tampa Bay. He’s already assembled quite a coaching staff, but at it’s essence this hire is about the relationship between Arians and Jameis Winston, which Rick Stroud writes, was a match made in Birmingham. John Romano details what will make the hire a success, Martin Fennelly raises his concern about Arians (it’s not his age or health), and Thomas Bassinger analyzes Arians’ time in Arizona. (Spoiler alert: They weren’t as great as we remember).

• Read more on Arians' football odyssey and check back on the Bucs channel early Thursday for Eduardo A. Encina’s examination of Arians’ QB whisperer reputation.

• In his first prime time address to the country, President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated calls for a "barrier" along the southern border and explained why he wouldn't reopen the government until he gets $5.6 billion for border security. Democratic and Republican members of Florida's Congressional delegation quickly responded. Here's what they said.

• Former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis became Florida’s 46th governor on Tuesday. Emily Mahoney was there as DeSantis vowed to limit the role of government while also keeping a key campaign promise of protecting the environment during his swearing-in ceremony. Read about the heavy military and religious imagery, the 19-gun salute and Florida National Guard flyover, and the glitzy Inaugural Ball celebration that followed.

• In the latest revelation in the Tarpon Springs triple homicide, authorities confirmed that there is a fourth victim of the Ivancic family: Jamie Ivancic was killed about a year ago by her husband, Shelby Svensen, and buried in the yard of their former home in Port Richey, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. She is the fourth member of the Ivancic family that Svensen is accused of killing, and McKenna Oxenden and Justin Trombly have the latest developments on the rapidly unfolding murder case, including that authorities believe the husband pretended to be the wife using her cell phone to convince others that she was still alive.

• Former Florida governor Rick Scott was sworn in as the state’s new U.S. Senator in quintessential Scott fashion, reports Steve Contorno. He chose to be sworn in by himself, on a day of his choosing inside a mostly empty U.S. Senate chamber, while the other new senators were all seated on Thursday. Read more from Contorno on Scott’s first day in his new job.

• Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Kirk Keithley had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the amount at which Florida law presumes a driver is impaired and an opiate in his system on the September morning when he fatally shot his wife and himself at their Land O’ Lakes home, according to a medical examiner’s report.

• There was another Tampa mayoral candidate forum on Tuesday and a familiar pattern repeated itself: David Straz was a no-show for the second time in four debates and the other candidates took shots at rival Ed Turanchik. Charlie Frago was on hand for this debate and will be covering tonight’s televised debate as well, so follow him on Twitter at @CharlieFrago for the latest updates.

• Yasmine James stood outside the McDonald's on 34th Street S, speaking so soft the surrounding crowd could just barely hear her words of gratitude. “I am very thankful for you guys coming out here to support me,” James said. Other female McDonald's workers are speaking out, inspired by James, who has started a movement against workplace violence.

• Listen to the latest Blood and Truth podcast from Pulitzer Prize winner Leonora LaPeter Anton on the murder case against Death Row inmate Tommy Zeigler. Listen to the whole series and read the Tampa Bay Times series Blood and Truth from the beginning.

• As gun outrage grew, Monster Jam quietly stripped weapons from its monster trucks. Slinger, formerly known as Gunslinger, was redesigned in 2017 to turn the gun images on the body’s detail to slingshots. Others monster trucks were stripped as well. Ellenton-based Feld Entertainment, which owns Monster Jam, seems to have foreseen the heat other companies are only now starting to feel. Staff writer Sharon Kennedy Wynne talked to business experts about this decision and why circus elephants might have played a part.

• The best journalism in the bay area is all in one place. Check out all the Tampa Bay Times investigations and special reports.

• 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 photo and video channels for the most compelling visuals.

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

• The Lightning’s 16-game point streak was over and the team was back from the West Coast. Players and coaches alike wanted Tuesday’s game to be a good one. So, Diana Nearhos reports, Tampa Bay went out and notched its second shutout of the year in beating Columbus 4-0.

• Check out the Times coverage of Gator football all season long and keep up with college football 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.

• 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. For the latest updates on @Twitter, follow Nearhos at @dianacnearhos and fellow Lightning beat writer Nick Kelly at @_NickKelly.

• The latest Times coverage of the Bucs is just a click away at For the latest team news on @Twitter, follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.

• To get the latest Rays’ news from the Times this offseason, click here and follow baseball writer Marc Topkin on @Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays.

• Check out the latest episode of the Times sports podcast Sports Day Tampa Bay led by veteran sportswriter Rick Stroud.

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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.

• From our food editor: Five ideas for cooking with chickpeas.

• Listen to our new podcast, Life of the Party, that keeps you caught up just enough to get by in small talk. Times staffers Stephanie Hayes and Brittany Volk will discuss what’s going on, from celebrity news to movies and music, plus offbeat info that will make you the most interesting person in the room.

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