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Jamal Thalji - Day Editor

Day 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.

  1. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri addresses the media early Saturday after officials said a St. Petersburg police officer fatally shot a man who was choking her. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Christopher Leroy Whiting, 56, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of a woman in Spring Hill found on July 26, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Deputies are searching for Nicholas Kocolis, 51, who is accused of shooting one person and briefly holding another at gunpoint in an incident that unfolded in Seffner, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. This photo was taken after a 2019 arrest. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. This photo of Hurricane Isaias was taken on July 31 by Marine Col. Doug Hurley aboard the International Space Station. Isaias was located between Cuba and the Bahamas and headed for Florida. [COL. DOUG HURLEY  |  NASA]
  5. A February photo of Rodarius Recardo Young taken when he was booked into the Hillsborough County jail. The 22-year-old Zephyrhills man is wanted on a charge of attempted first-degree murder, according to Plant City police. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
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  7. Hurricane Isaias is veering ever so close to Florida’s southeast coast this weekend, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency as counties in the Category 1 storm’s path prepare for what could be the first named storm to make landfall this year. This track is from the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. Friday advisory. [National Hurricane Center]
  8. Investigators work Thursday at the scene on East Hillsborough Avenue where a suspect opened fire on a Tampa police officer driving this patrol car. The officer was injured but will recover, police said. The suspect, Antonio Cruz Ortiz, was arrested a short time later. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  9. A Tampa police officer was shot and wounded late Thursday during what authorities call a shooting rampage that took place across the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Three people total suffered non life-threatening injuries and the shooter was captured. The officer was shot in the area of Hillsborough Avenue and N 43rd Street. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  10. The National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. Wednesday advisory shows the latest forecasted path of Tropical Storm Isaias. [National Hurricane Center]
  11. A 48-year-old man injured Saturday by a boat propeller on One Tree Island was evacuated by a Coast Guard boat and taken to get medical help. [Coast Guard]
  12. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for the driver of this truck towing a boat that deputies say was involved in a fatal crash with a motorcycle on Friday night in the Keystone area. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
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  15. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for the driver of this truck towing a boat that deputies say was involved in a fatal crash with a motorcycle on Friday night in the Keystone area. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
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  17. A single-engine plane crashed Saturday while attempting to take off from Tampa North Aero Park in Lutz. One person was taken to the hospital and another is being evaluated at the scene, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue. [Pasco County Fire Rescue]
  18. Jose Manuel Zayas, 30, faces felony charges of attempted murder and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He is also being held on a fugitive warrant from Ohio on a charge of aggravated battery. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
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  20. Scott McAdory of Orlando, left, finds himself in the clutches of a Force chokehold courtesy of Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, right, at Tampa Bay Comic Con in 2019. Vader was played by Bryan Shuerger of the 501st Legion, and if you don't know who they are we're not going to explain it here.
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