Jamal Thalji, Tampa Bay Times

Jamal Thalji

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Jamal:

Tampa Bay Times adds reporter Sam Ogozalek in Report for America position

Another Report for America fellow, Hannah Critchfield, will spend a second year as the Times’ aging and seniors reporter. → Read More

The U.S. Postal Service is offering more free COVID tests by mail

This time, eight kits are being sent out to every address. Order online at www.covid.gov/tests. → Read More

No link between body, shooting in Hernando County neighborhood, deputies say

The shooting investigation was underway when a body was reported near the Withlacoochee River. → Read More

Hillsborough to close last public COVID test, vaccine site on Wednesday

Residents who want to get tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 will have to go to their local pharmacy. → Read More

Hillsborough to open COVID drive-thru test site at Adventure Island

The new site opens Monday in the parking lot of the water park, which is closed for the winter. → Read More

St. Petersburg shooting leaves one wounded

Investigators are questioning a relative who lives in the house, according to St. Petersburg police. → Read More

Two Tampa homicides may be linked, police say

Two men with fatal gunshot wounds were found within 2 miles of each other Sunday, according to Tampa police. → Read More

AdventHealth limits patient visits at six Tampa Bay hospitals

Patients will only be allowed one visitor per day to try to keep COVID-19 from spreading. → Read More

Florida adds 298,455 COVID cases, 162 deaths in past week

The omicron variant is driving a record surge as infections jump 138 percent in one week. → Read More

Florida hits record 42,600 COVID infections a day as omicron rages

The omicron variant was discovered in the state a month ago and is already driving a leap in infections and positivity rate. → Read More

Where to get a COVID test in Tampa Bay and why omicron is different

Get free COVID-19 tests at public sites in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. → Read More

2022 Medicare Guide: The Times helps get you ready for enrollment

The Medicare enrollment period has started. Time to look for the plans that best fit your health and financial needs. → Read More

Child, 4, dies after vehicle struck by gunfire, Tampa police say

The vehicle the child was riding in was the target of the shooting, according to Tampa police. → Read More

Where to get vaccinated and tested this week in Tampa Bay

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and free and here’s where to get them. You can get a photo with the Lombardi Trophy on Saturday in Tampa. → Read More

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor: ‘Get vaccinated or get COVID’

The mayor issues a video warning to the unvaccinated as COVID-19 infections surge in Florida. → Read More

Amid Red Tide, Tampa Bay’s snook, redfish and trout fishing restricted again

The state is reinstating limits on key species less than two months after lifting restrictions imposed from the last Red Tide outbreak. → Read More

New Port Richey police search for 16-year-old boy

The mentally disabled boy has been missing for two days and needs his medications, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. → Read More

Where to get sandbags: Gulfport, Pinellas Park, Pasco and Hernando

A handful of Tampa Bay governments have opened self-service sandbag stations as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches. → Read More

Two tropical systems emerge in Atlantic far from Florida

Neither will pose a threat to the U.S. for several days, according to the National Hurricane Center. → Read More

Gunfire reported on Interstate 275 in Tampa; southbound lanes closed

The interstate was closed between E Fowler Avenue and E Fletcher Avenue, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. → Read More