Jamal Thalji, Night Editor

Jamal Thalji

Night Editor

I was raised on Florida’s Best Newspaper and dreamed of writing for it. I got my shot while at the University of South Florida, covering high school football and the weekend crime beat. I went on to cover the police, courts, business and sports beats. Now I’m an Assistant Metro Editor. I’m all about breaking news and deadline writing. Before I ended up behind an editor’s desk, I covered executions, hurricanes, wildfires, space shuttle launches and lots of football games. I have the honor of filing the last byline in the 113-year history of the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 31, 2011, minutes before it became the Tampa Bay Times. Comic books get me through the pain of football season. Recently, I decided Superman > Batman.

FHP: Driver was on meth before fatal crash killed Pasco teen in 2018

Roy Wiley Rimmer, 55, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI accident involving death and DUI accident with property damage in the fatal 2018 traffic crash that killed a 17-year-old girl, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. This photo was taken after a 2014 arrest. [PCSO]
But it took nine months for troopers to arrest the 55-year-old driver in the April death of 17-year-old Lillia Morris.

Daystarter: Gus Bilirakis blasts the folks who run MacDill’s housing; mother who drowned at Glazer JCC stayed at mental health center; Kucherov scores 100th point in Lightning’s win

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Tampa man accused of abusing newborn who woke him up now faces murder charge

Aaron James Bordelon, 29, of Tampa was arrested on charges that he physically abused a 16-day old newborn in his care, causing severe injuries, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The child died as a result, and now deputies say Bordelon faces a charge of first-degree murder. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
The 2-week-old infant died on Tuesday. Deputies said the 29-year-old admitted to physically abusing the baby this past weekend.

Daystarter: Hackers take over Bob Buckhorn’s Twitter account; Ron DeSantis wants to bring cheaper Canadian medications to Florida; why Lightning should avoid trade deadline

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Daystarter: Proposal aims to catch heart surgery problems; Lightning depth scoring comes up big; what becomes of WMNF without Rob Lorei?

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