The Daystarter: Latest on buried body possibly tied to triple homicide; new tools to tackle wayward drones; 'Bohemian Rhapsody' tops upset-filled Golden Globes

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
Published January 7
Updated January 7

 

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

 

• After a cool start to our morning we’ll have a mostly sunny day, according to the National Weather Service. Highs will range from the mid to upper 70s.

• A body was located buried in a yard at 10930 Norwood Avenue in Port Richey as part of an investigation that is tied to the triple homicide of Richard Ivancic, 71, Laura Ivancic, 59, and their son, Nicholas Ivancic, 25. Their bodies were found inside a home at 1954 Juanita Way in Tarpon Springs on New Year’s Day when police responded to a request for a welfare check. Detectives later announced that the Ivancic’s daughter, Jamie Ivancic, 21, was missing. Stay with tampabay.com for possible developments.

The largest Epiphany celebration in the Western Hemisphere brought an estimated 22,000 people to downtown Tarpon Springs on the cloudless and cool Sunday. From the crowd of 58 boys who jumped from dingys into Spring Bayou during St. Nicholas Cathedral’s 113th Epiphany celebration, Ilias Skandaliaris, 17, emerged from the waters grasping the wooden cross. Our photo gallery captures all the atmosphere from Sunday's festivities.

 

• For eight years, PolitiFact Florida kept tabs on Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign promises on our Scott-O-Meter. As he leaves Tallahassee for Washington this week, we review which promises he was able to keep and which ones he didn’t. Check out the analysis on The Buzz.

 

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay. Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay including legend Diana Ross returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall, comedian Hannibal Burress at the Improv and the Winter Jam mega Christian concert tour land at Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

 

• In case you missed it, Disney announced the return of its annual Florida resident ticket deal, good through the end of June at half the price snowbirds pay And Busch Gardens is throwing in a free Adventure Islands pass with its Fun Card. Also the return of its Preschool Card letting kids 5 and younger in free all year. And one more thing, free beer is back this year at Busch Gardens.

 

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

 

• There’s a growing effort to prevent wayward drones from interfering with flight operations across the nation, a problem highlighted in England recently with the 32-hour shutdown of Gatwick Airport. Some of the answers are in Tampa. Howard Altman has more.

Tampa doesn’t have a comprehensive climate change plan, unlike St. Petersburg, which has been crafting a response to rising seas for several years. Why not?

 

• The Florida Department of Transportation plans to consider a vertical fence for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and it also plans to install new technology to detect people who may be intent on jumping. The news comes as 2018 broke a record with 18 suicides.

 

• County officials are asking the Pinellas circuit court to order the owner of the historic Redington Long Pier to repair, replace or remove the structure as soon as possible.

 

• When Dr. Sandra Lilo first learned about a team of San Francisco-based Rotarians traveling to Central America on cleft palate medical mission trips, she knew she wanted to be involved. She connected with a group out of Chicago and made her first medical mission trip with them in 1997 to Peru. She enjoyed the experience so much she decided to form a medical mission team based out of Pinellas County, eventually naming the program RotoCleft. Read about the group, which has taken 16 trips to various cities in Peru since 1998.

• 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.

 

• Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard met with the Bucs on Sunday in the Dallas area with general manager Jason Licht, possibly signalling an end to the team’s interviewing process for a new head coach.

• On Saturday, former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who has been the favorite to fill the Bucs’ vacancy, he came into town and interviewed for the position.

 

• The Lightning’s 16-game point streak ended in San Jose on Saturday, losing to the Sharks 5-2. What does the end of Tampa Bay's point streak mean? Not a lot, Diana C. Nearhos writes.

• If the No. 1 Crimson Tide is able to top No. 2 Clemson in in tonight's College Football Playoff national championship, it'll be Alabama's sixth title in 10 seasons. The seventh title of Nick Saban's career would move him past Bear Bryant for the most ever. If the Tide triumphs, this 'Bama team can make a case as the No. 1 team not just of Saban's run but of all time, Matt Baker writes.

 

• 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 tampabay.com. 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.

• In a Golden Globes chock full of upsets, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody took best picture, drama, over Bradley Cooper's heavily favored A Star is Born and Glenn Close bested Lady Gaga for best actress. Get the full recap here.

• 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.

 

• 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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