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The Daystarter: Tampa Bay students to stage walkout; ‘Crabby Bill’ Loder dies; details emerging in deputies’ killer; breaking down the Bucs’ 2018 schedule

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

• A dry cold front moved through the bay area overnight but it won’t affect temperatures much. It might be a little cooler in the North Suncoast, but that’s it. Bay area highs will still be in the low 80s. Expect wind gusts Friday and then cloud cover that night, according to the National Weather Service. But there will be a 30 percent chance of showers on Saturday and a 40 percent chance on Sunday. And the start of next week will also be wet. But temperatures will continue hovering in the 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.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including jazz icons Spyro Gyra, rock legends Shinedown headlining the 98Rockfest, and there’s a food truck rally in downtown St. Petersburg.

• High school students from both sides of Tampa Bay will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings today, but in very different ways. To find out what students in St. Petersburg and Hillsborough County a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/Today-Area-high-school-students-to-join-national-walkout-in-memory-of-Columbine_167479958" target="_blank">plan to do today, read the story by Marlene Sokol and Divya Kumar.

• How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions. Check out the Bucs’ schedule here, and download your own printable version.

• Bill Loder, who founded the Crabby Bill’s seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach, died at Largo Medical Center Thursday afternoon. Mr. Loder, 86, had trouble breathing early in the day and was rushed to the hospital, said his son Matt Loder. He said most of the family was able to say goodbye before his father died. "Dad lived a full life," Matt Loder said. "He worked at the restaurant as recently as last Tuesday. He was there scratching lottery tickets, talking to customers — doing what he loved to do most."

• Columnist Sue Carlton, though, is dismayed that student activism isn’t translating into more of them registering and pre-registering to vote when they turn 18. If they want things to change, Carlton writes, then voting tampabay.comis one of the only ways they will be heard by those who are running things.

• Today is 4/20, also known as "Weed Day" in some circles because the date corresponds with a numerical code for marijuana. So today a Tampa distiller is releasing a hemp-flavored vodka

• The St. Petersburg City Council moved development of the long-awaited pier project forward on Thursday night, approving a $15 million construction contract and other funds to design a waterside restaurant, build a playground and ferret out naming rights possibilities for the 26-acre Pier District. Waveney Ann Moore explains all the decisions council made to get the pier ready to open in 2019.

• Food critic Laura Reiley has 4 new restaurants to check out in Tampa Bay including a Brazilian steak house, Chinese in downtown Tampa, a juice bar and more.

• The Mainsail Art Festival returns to Vinoy Park this weekend and we have a guide to the artists to look for, where to park and more for one of the area’s oldest and most prestigious art festivals.

• Those Republicans who voted for Florida’s new gun law? They’re dead to the NRA. The gun organization’s top lobbyist sent out a scathing letter to members yesterday advising them to think twice about voting for any Republicans who helped pass the bill.

• The Tampa Bay area’s hotel occupancy rate rose to its highest level in three years in March. You can thank spring breakers and hurricane cleanup workers, analysts say.

• Does anyone listen the safety demonstration on flights? Local flight attendants remark on the viral photo of people on the Southwest flight 1380 wearing their oxygen masks incorrectly. No one listens to the safety talk, they say.

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