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The Daystarter: Why pelicans are dying in St. Petersburg; teens crash in Gibsonton at speeds approaching 130 mph; USF St. Pete opens new business college; and major upgrade may be coming to Tampa Theatre

What you need to know for Tuesday, Jan. 17

  • Top defenseman Victor Hedman, the one player Tampa Bay could ill afford to lose, felt too sick during warmups to play against the Kings on Monday.
  • • are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a career fair at St. Petersburg’s Coliseum.
  • • Hillsborough County taxpayers are likely to help the Tampa Theatre buy new seats for its 90-year-old building .
  • • As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.
  • Tampa Bay Times higher education writer Claire McNeill visited the $30 million Lynn Pippenger Hall, which is home to the Kate Tiedemann College of Business.

• Fog is possible in this morning Tuesday, then temperatures start their climb toward the 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

@TB_Times: What you need to know for Tuesday, Jan. 17

• Fog is possible in this morning Tuesday, then temperatures start their climb toward the 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• Pelicans are dying around St. Petersburg’s Riviera Bay and Coffee Pot Bayou and so far no one knows why. Is the culprit Red Tide algae blooms? Is is it all the sewage that St. Petersburg and other Pinellas sewer system discharged last year? Craig Pittman explains what the mystery is and how scientists are trying to solve it.

• Four teenagers were injured early Tuesday morning after Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the driver was approaching 130 mph with no headlights on when he lost control and flipped on the Gibsonton Drive exit off southbound Interstate 75.

• INDYCAR leaders will gather in St. Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the business of INDYCAR racing and to talk about the economic impact and upcoming plans for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which will return to race through downtown’s streets March 10-12. Follow Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates.

• The University of South Florida St. Petersburg cuts the ribbon this morning on the new home of its business college. Tampa Bay Times higher education writer Claire McNeill visited the $30 million Lynn Pippenger Hall, which is home to the Kate Tiedemann College of Business.

• Hillsborough County taxpayers are likely to help the Tampa Theatre buy new seats for its 90-year-old building. The theatre, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has applied for a $325,000 grant from the county that would go toward replacing the existing seats with more comfortable chairs. County commissioners will decide whether to approve the grant at their Thursday meeting.

• Hundreds of Pasco County public school students will learn tonight whether they’ll be reassigned to new schools in the fall. The Pasco County School Board will start at 6 p.m., and afterward the board will vote on proposed changes to the attendance zones for middle and high schools in the eastern and southwestern areas of Pasco County. Read Jeffrey Solochek’s story and follow him at @JeffSolochek.

• The adventurers always come back. Whether they’re experts or not. Whether they understand the risks or not. Such is the lure of cave diving near Weeki Wachee, John Romano writes. He tells the sad story of a fresh-faced, crew cut-wearing teenager at Springstead High who Romano met as a sports reporter almost 32 years ago.

• Just as the Lightning was ready to start a road trip that might make or break its season, the banged-up team was dealt another blow. Top defenseman Victor Hedman, the one player Tampa Bay could ill afford to lose, felt too sick during warmups to play against the Kings on Monday. That’s why the Lightning’s 2-1 win over the Kings was so impressive and, potentially, galvanizing, Joe Smith writes.

• Everything to admire and regret about can-do capitalism is displayed in The Founder, the only-in-America saga of how Ray Kroc hijacked an idea, stole a family name and invented fast food culture. Those McDonald’s golden arches were forged by greed. Read Steve Persall’s review.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a career fair at St. Petersburg’s Coliseum.

The Daystarter: Why pelicans are dying in St. Petersburg; teens crash in Gibsonton at speeds approaching 130 mph; USF St. Pete opens new business college; and major upgrade may be coming to Tampa Theatre

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