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The Daystarter: Competency hearing for Seminole Heights slaying suspect; Is TIA a dining destination?; Clearwater looks to relocate City Hall; ‘Most Interesting Man’ in Tampa

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

• Today’s high temperature tops out about 80 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP. Our next rain chance is Friday when a weak front moves through. And next week brings the heat. Expect temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

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

• Attorneys for the man accused of four Seminole Heights murders want a psychologist to determine if their client is mentally ill. The lawyers filed a formal request on Monday for a judge to appoint an expert to assess whether Howell Emanuel Donaldson III’s mental condition might make him incompetent to stand trial. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for this morning before Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

• Elected officials have talked about relocating City Hall from the downtown bluff for a good 30 years. Now there’s a jolt of urgency to actually do it. To show evidence of progress on Clearwater’s revitalization initiative, Imagine Clearwater, the City Council has directed staff to scope out temporary office space for the 45 City Hall employees so the outdated building can be demolished and the property can be marketed to developers sooner than planned.

• A public art committee on Tuesday evening picked three artists to bring their artwork to St. Petersburg’s new Pier District. Waveney Ann Moore explains which artists won and what art pieces they plan to build for the pier — and find out which one of them will build a 13-foot red metal pelican.

• Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins is proud of his record in boosting high school graduation rates and inroads he has made in marketing the nation’s eight largest school district. His seven bosses on the School Board? Their opinions are a mixed bag of praise, concern and, in one case, criticism directed largely at other board members. Marlene Sokol has the details.

• From our food editor: Tampa International Airport has hit cruising altitude with its many new dining options, from Burger 21 and PDQ to the Cafe at Mise en Place. Also, check out if it ranks among the airports with the best food.

• We know the Lightning’s second-round playoff series starts Saturday, we just don’t know what time. Here are the details. Roger Mooney also discusses how the Lightning are playing a waiting game.

• Did you see Yanni’s performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater? If not, Jay Cridlin can fill you in. Check out his review here.

• "Stay thirsty, my friends," the most interesting man in the world is coming to Tampa to tend bar on Friday.

• Columnist Sue Carlton checks out progress at Lowry Park Zoo — er, ZooTampa at Lowry Park — as it tries to reimagine itself. It’s still the zoo, with a meerkat keeping watch for predators, but it’s new, too, with a sky ride and upcoming water ride. Is it progress, Carlton asks? It’s a balance.

• Get weekly cooking tips and recipes, short how-to videos and more at Stark From Scratch, a new cooking blog from Tampa Bay Times food editor Michelle Stark.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a Foo Fighters show, Broadway’s Waitress and free mini golf lessons at TopGolf for National Golf Day.

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