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Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
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Published Jan. 23, 2019

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

• A third man survived Monday night's shooting, which police said was not connected to the city's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. St. Petersburg police say men were targets in double-homicide.

• It'll be warmer this morning as the lows reach the upper 50s and low 60s. But then by the afternoon expect highs in the 80s, according to the National Weather Service. But those partly cloudy skies is a sign that wet weather is on its way, so enjoy the dry weather while it lasts today.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including Grammy winner Shawn Colvin and Disney's new a capella group DCappella, from the creator of the Pitch Perfect movies.

• Yankees closer extraordinaire Mariano Rivera and late pitching great and Odessa resident Roy Halladay headline a field of four elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Rivera was the first candidate elected unanimously, named on all 425 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Marc Topkin explains who else made it into the hall and why.

• The undercover Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy who struck and killed a 15-year-old Tampa boy was driving 66 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone at the time of the collision, says Sheriff Chad Chronister. Reporter Tony Marrero has more on the new details the sheriff released about the 15-year-old's death.

• A Pinellas County deputy suffered minor injuries early Wednesday following a crash involving a suspected drunk driver. The crash occurred just after midnight at the intersection of 37th Street S and 11th Avenue S, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

• Three national book organizations announced their awards nominees this week and three Tampa Bay area authors are among them: Lisa Unger, Michael Connelly and James Swain. Find out what they are being hailed for here.

• More than 400 high school students in Pinellas County were mistakenly sent an email over the weekend that said they were accepted into USF St. Petersburg. The school quickly took it back and is apologizing. Education writer Megan Reeves describes how the miscue is affecting students trying to finalize their college plans.

• 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.

• The Tampa Bay region is still one of the most dangerous areas in the nation for pedestrians — and Florida is the most dangerous state — according to a new report from the advocacy group Smart Growth America. Transportation writer Caitlin Johnston provides the details and explains what it means for area planners.

• The Pinellas County Commission has allowed Clearwater officials to begin negotiating their $40 million request for county bed taxes to overhaul the Philadelphia Phillies stadium and training facilities, giving the city an approval needed just to apply for state funding. But as Tracey McManus reports, county officials it clear that when the time comes later this year to decide how much money, if any, to grant, $40 million might be a stretch.

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

• Sales of single family-homes in the Tampa Bay area plunged in December as prices again rose. There is one good sign for buyers, though, the supply of available homes continued to inch up, with Pinellas County having its largest supply in at least three years. Real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin explains what the bay area housing market looks like.

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

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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.

USF holds Wichita State to a season-low 15 first-half points. At this stage of USF's development, style points aren't a lofty priority. To its long-suffering fan base, even the ugly wins are exquisite. Which brings us to Tuesday night's 54-41 victory against Wichita State, arguably the Bulls' most gratifying eyesore to date.

• Spring training is on its way, and the Times has everything you need to plan to watch the boys of summer take the field as they get ready for a new season of Major League Baseball.

• Moments before every game, Lightning players use smelling salts to jolt them into a state of readiness. The ammonia clears the sinuses clear while the burning sensation produces a jolt of energy. It's not as much a scent as it is a feeling, writes Nick Kelly, one Tampa Bay players have turned into part-tradition and part-supersition.

• 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.

• Another Hall of Fame class bound for Cooperstown was announced, and for columnist Martin Fennelly it was an unpleasant reminder that Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are still in the running. Fennelly writes bluntly that: "The Baseball and the Hall will forever be lost to me if these cheaters are enshrined."

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

• Last year, the Eagles and Patriots rewrote the Super Bowl record books. That game marked an evolution in the NFL, writes Thomas Bassinger, and he writes why Super Bowl LIII could see more of the same.

• 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 For the latest team news on @Twitter, follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.

• 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.

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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.

• You want to party at Gasparilla on Saturday but you don't want to sit in South Tampa gridlock, risk getting your paint job scuffed by a plastic pirate sword or find a designated driver? There are options. Here's how to get around at Tampa's giant pirate party without taking your own car all the way into the madness.

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