Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
• We’ll have mostly sunny skies for Christmas Eve, according to the National Weather Service. After overnight lows in the upper 40s, we’ll warm up later today to the upper 60s to lower 70s.
• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay.
• Over the last week, the Tampa Bay Times has chronicled Lincoln DeLuna’s journey. The Tampa boy was born unable to breathe or swallow. Could his parents keep him alive long enough for science to come up with a cure? Writer Lane DeGregory spent 2 years and 11 months with the DeLuna family, traveling with them to university research centers and hospital visits.
• Lincoln DeLuna’s latest crisis isn’t about his health. It’s about money. The family has discovered that once he turned 5, he was ineligible for some financial benefits, which means that he might be losing some of the things — certain therapies, for instance — that he needs. That’s unless government officials step in to help, and it looks like they are. Read the story this morning on this morning on tampabay.com.
• Osceola Fundamental High School history teacher Brian Yarbrough has been colorblind his whole life. Now, thanks to his students, he’s seeing colors for the first time. Read the story by Megan Reeves on a beloved teacher and the gift his students banded together to give him.
• Heading into the Jan. 8 inauguration, signs suggest Ron DeSantis’ second-in-command, Jeannette Nuñez, will be an active Lt. Governor. Nuñez will not only have a role to play in the DeSantis administration, but she may become one of the most important lieutenant governors in recent memory.
• Thanks to Tampa’s St. Lawrence Church, the first new Catholic church in Cuba in 60 years is complete. The venture began in 2010 when Father Tom Morgan, then pastor of St. Lawrence, expressed interest in a spiritual partnership with Cuba. Read Paul Guzzo’s story this morning.
• Besides the givens, like Cuban sandwiches and deviled crabs and sunsets, columnist Ernest Hooper has some specific 2018 observations on things you really need to experience if you live in Tampa Bay. A few are playful barbs and some are new-found features that he says deepen his fondness for the region.
• Bodhi Basics specializes in essential oils and handmade self-care items, with shelves and tables packed with greenery that removes pollutants and chemicals from the air. Read about the St. Pete store and the growing demand for organic personal care this morning on tampabay.com.
• For the latest in Florida politics, make sure to check The Buzz.
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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.
• The Buccaneers were in a giving mood versus the Cowboys. Dallas scored 14 points on a pair of Jameis Winston fumbles and the Bucs lost their final road game of the season 27-20. The Bucs have lost seven of their last nine games heading into a season finale that could foreshadow a massive overhaul in the front office and coaching staff at One Buc Place.
• Here’s Thomas Bassinger’s by-the-numbers look at the Buccaneers’ 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, which dropped Tampa Bay to 5-10.
• The latest Times coverage of the Bucs is just a click away at tampabay.com. For the latest team news on @Twitter, follow beat writers Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD and Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.
• The Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov moved into second in the league in points after a career-high five points in Tampa Bay’s 6-3 win over Edmonton on Saturday. Kucherov came out of the game second in the league in points, with 57, two behind the Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen and one ahead of Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon. McDavid was fourth with 52.
• 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 Lightning beat writers Diana C. Nearhos at @dianacnearhos and Nick Kelly at @_NickKelly.
• It’s bowl season and we’ve got you covered with our guide of “can’t miss” games to “why, just why.”
• Florida State’s hiring of Kendal Briles shows it’s win-now mode for Willie Taggart. As Matt Baker writes, from a football-only perspective, the hire makes perfect sense. But it’s not that simple with Briles — or with FSU.
• 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 Tampa Bay Times online Arts and Entertainment page tells you everything you need to know about what to do, see, eat and experience around town.
• 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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Check out the Tampa Bay Times online Business page for the latest on the economy, jobs, real estate, retail and workplace culture.