Friday, February 23, 2018


Jamal Thalji

Jamal Thalji

Jamal Thalji has spent two decades covering crime, business, courts and sports for the Tampa Bay Times. Now he's an assistant metro editor. He was raised in the Tampa Bay area, attended Osceola High School and is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa. He worked for the Times while he was in college and interned at the Des Moines Register. He returned to Florida to work for the Times in its Citrus and Pasco County bureaus. After five years covering criminal and civil court in Pasco County for the Times, in 2008 he became metro police reporter for the city of St. Petersburg. In June 2012 he joined the Times business staff and covered Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, the tourism industry and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's $1 billion plan to redevelop downtown Tampa. Along the way Thalji has also covered NASA, the NFL, the NBA, college football, hurricanes, forest fires, space shuttle launches, criminal trials and lots of high school football. In June 2015, he became an assistant metro editor in the Tampa newsroom. Did you know: He filed the last byline in the history of the St. Petersburg Times, which changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 1, 2012.

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Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, sold everything they had in Colorado, bought an old sailboat and set out to sail around the Caribbean with their 2-year-old Pug, Remy. But their trip was cut short on Wednesday night when motoring their boat named Lagniappe into John's Pass (background), they struck something underwater that tore their boat's keel off and caused it to sink about 20 minutes later. They and their dog were rescued, but are now stranded in Madeira Beach with one cell phone some of her clothes and some dog food.

Sunken dreams: Everything they own is at the bottom of John's Pass

MADEIRA BEACH — Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh dreamed the same dream: Give up the rat race, go live on a sailboat, see the Caribbean, maybe the world.
Published: 02/09/18
Updated: 02/12/18
Tanner Broadwell (right) and Nikki Walsh sold everything they had in Colorado, bought an old 28-foot sailboat and planned to live their dream of sailing the Caribbean. That dream turned into a nightmare Wednesday night at John's Pass when their boat, the Lagniappe, crashed into something underwater, severing the keel and causing it to sink. Now the couple and Remy, their 2-year-old Pug, have lost everything. [Photo courtesy of Tanner Broadwell]

They sold everything and bought a boat to sail the world. It sank on day two.

"How do I have everything and end up in a s----- hotel with nothing?"
Published: 02/09/18
So far Thaddeus Bullard (left) - also known as WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil - is helping take 500 children to see Marvel's new

WWEís Titus OíNeil wants to inspire kids with Marvelís Black Panther

Thaddeus "Titus OíNeil" Bullard ó former Gators defensive end, professional wrestler, philanthropist and all-around good guy ó has seen a lot of things in his many careers.But heís never seen a movie like Black Panther, the latest...
Updated one month ago
A yellow 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, like the one reported stolen from the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club last year. The owner recently filed suit against the hotel owner and parking operator.

Valet gave keys to $300,000 Ferrari to the wrong guy, lawsuit claims

ST. PETERSBURG ó Itís a problem almost no one can relate to: The valet hands the keys to your $300,000 Ferrari to the wrong person.It happened in July at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, according to police, who ended up...
Updated one month ago
The 7-day forecast through Jan. 22 from 10Weather WTSP.

Goodbye 70s. Hello freeze watch. Cold spell headed for Tampa Bay.

Did everyone enjoy the cool, sunny weather? Because itís over now.Itís about to get very chilly, Tampa Bay. A rush of arctic air is headed our way, bringing another cold spell. Daytime temperatures will be in the low 60s on Wednesday, but...
Updated one month ago
Yvette Sedeno, 62, left, and Ray Sedeno, 62, install storm shutters on to their windows on their lanai while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Friday (9/8/17) afternoon in unincorporated Dade County, south of Miami.

Hurricane Irma: Evacuations, anxiety as storm edges closer to Tampa Bay

Hurricane Irma continued its ominous march toward Florida on Friday as residents prepared to escape or survive the most powerful Atlantic storm ever recorded.
Updated: 6 months ago