Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.
• Does it get any worse than cold and rainy? 10Weather WTSP forecasts a rainy morning and high in the mid to upper 50s today, but with a cold blast of arctic air as winds pick up from the north and skies clear by lunchtime.
• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.
• If you thought 2017 was a challenging year for airline passengers, just wait until you see what’s ahead. Airline experts, consumer advocates and frequent travelers say domestic airlines have charted a course for this year that includes more fees and ticket restrictions and, inevitably, additional confrontations with unhappy customers. No one may be able to persuade the airline industry to change its flight plan, but these are some steps you can take to ensure your vacations are relatively surprise- and problem-free in 2018.
• President Donald Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea on Tuesday night, boasting that he commands a "much bigger" and "more powerful" arsenal of devastating weapons than the outlier government in Asia. "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’?" Trump wrote on Twitter. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" Will there be any fallout? Stay with tampabay.com for updates.
• You probably don’t know the name John D. Couris, but you might in the future. He’s the new CEO of Tampa General Hospital, who, after arriving in town last September, holed up in the hospital to help the staff get ready for Hurricane Irma, visiting patients and helping cook meals. Now his sights are set on the future of one of the region’s major institutions. Read health reporter Justine Griffin’s report on her recent sit-down with Couris./
• Andrei Vasilevskiy is quick to downplay his success and his scoreless streak — which has reached 164 minutes. He credits teammates for their play in front of him. But those in the Lightning room firmly believe Vasilevskiy is the best goalie in the world after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Toronto. And with a league-most 26 wins, six shutouts and a .937 save percentage, it’s hard to argue. Vasilevskiy is certainly the hottest, with three shutouts in his last four starts.
• It will cost about $3 million for the city to acquire the work of world-renowned artist Janet Echelman for the new Pier District, city arts leaders learned for the first time Tuesday. Echelman presented a budget, along with renderings of a colorful 350-foot-span sculpture that Mayor Rick Kriseman hopes will be an iconic landmark glowing with LED lights as it floats above Spa Beach.
• 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.
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