Jamal Thalji - Night Editor

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.

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  2. Polk Sheriff Grady Judd holds a Saturday news conference where he discusses the arrest of Shawn Fitzgerald, a 46-year-old Lakeland High School teacher, boy's soccer coach and church youth director who faces more than 400 counts of possession of child pornography.
  3. Four mariners were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat overturned near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Friday night. No one was injured.
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  5. The Macy's located at the Shops at Wiregrass mall in Wesley Chapel.
  6. Washington D.C. attorney Kathryn Kimball Mizelle was nominated by President Trump to become a U.S. district judge in the Middle District of Florida. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate late Wednesday.
  7. An exterior view of the new St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters at 1300 First Ave. N, in St. Petersburg.
  8. The forecasted path of Tropical Storm Iota, according to the National Hurricane Center's 4 p.m. Friday advisory.
  9. Tropical Storm Eta, top, and a new tropical system developing known as Invest 98L, bottom.
  10. President-elect Joe Biden, right, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, left, stand with their family and supporters on stage after addressing the nation on Saturday from Wilmington, Del.
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  12. Tropical Storm Eta was expected to depart Central America and reach Florida by Monday. Here's the forecast track as of 4 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday.
  13. Nov. 4• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Voters and volunteers poll workers go about the business of casting ballots at Precinct #516 in the North Greenwood Recreation Complex on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Clearwater. Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time across Florida and will stay open until the last voter in line by 7 p.m. has cast a ballot.
  14. Tropical Storm Eta formed in the Caribbean on Saturday night and could strengthen into Hurricane Eta by Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  15. The 7-day forecast from Spectrum Bay News 9. Expect cool, dry weather on Election Day.
  16. Invest 96L could become a tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea and then Tropical Storm Eta, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  17. Clouds are reflected in the water on Oct. 22 in Ozona. After a very warm October the Tampa Bay Area is expecting cool weather this weekend.
  18. The forecasted path of tropical storm Zeta according to the National Hurricane Center.
  19. The forecasted path of Tropical Depression 28, which is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Zeta and then Hurricane Zeta in the coming days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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  21. Jeffrey Davis Jr., 22, left and Tyee Spike, 18, right, are accused of taking part in 10 armed robberies across Tampa and Hillsborough County, according to Tampa police.
  22. Carrington Thornton, 21, left, and Pedro David Sanchez Baez, 41, were arrested in connection with a stabbing and shooting in a neighborhood near the Interstate 75/Interstate 4 interchange.
  23. The Coast Guard said on Saturday it rescued six people from a boat as it sank into the waters of Tampa Bay near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.