Jamal Thalji, Times Staff

Jamal Thalji

Times Staff

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.

The Daystarter: Floridians still enrolling in Obamacare; the Bucs are heading overseas in 2020; and will Tampa Bay say goodbye to the Rays?

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

The Daystarter: Romano on lack of desperation with Rays stadium; All Children’s leaders quit in wake of Times’ report; we review Sparkman Wharf's food offerings

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

The Daystarter: How Hillsborough plans to keep the Rays; Clearwater mayor blasts all-male council; Florida's concealed weapons permit woes worsen

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

The Daystarter: Do-or-die deadline for Rays’ Ybor stadium; the Belleview Biltmore is reborn, a new Publix is opening at USF

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

The Daystarter: Family confirms Carla Stefaniak's body found in Costa Rica; commissioners to discuss Rays stadium, transit tax; vote for the PolitiFact Lie of the Year

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