Ms. Gail Rogers, 60, a fast food worker at McDonalds, holds a sign after participating in a caravan to several area McDonalds restaurants to advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $15 in 2020 in Tampa.
About two-dozen new laws will go into effect.
Jim Howes also was a Boy Scout leader, pipe organist and prolific Wikipedia contributor. He died at 75.
Disparity was found at both prime and subcontract levels. Non-minority males overwhelmingly received more business and the biggest contracts.
The debate between Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon is set for Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.


  1. Trevor Noah, shown here in March when he hosted the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will bring his comedy tour to Tampa in February.
  2. Beyond Meat and Beyond Burger patties made from plant-based substitutes for meat products sit on a shelf for sale on November 15, 2019 in New York City. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are moving into plant-based chicken nuggets.
  3. A tailgater tends to hamburgers outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa before a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. After taking a year off because of the coronavirus, tailgating has returned this season for fans of the Bucs and the University of South Florida Bulls.
  4. Ms. Gail Rogers, 60, a fast food worker at McDonalds, holds a sign after participating in a caravan to several area McDonalds restaurants to advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $15 in 2020 in Tampa.
  5. Facebook is putting a hold on the development of a kids' version of Instagram, geared toward children under 13.
  6. The U.S. Department of State is warning of massive delays in turnaround times both for issuing new — and renewing existing — passports.
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  8. United Way Suncoast CEO Jessica Muroff pictured in the conference room at the United Way Suncoast office, 5201 W Kennedy Blvd, on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 in Tampa. Last December, the United Way Suncoast received a $20 million grant from MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist and former wife of Jeff Bezos. Nine months later, they're still deciding how to spend it -- as are four other Tampa Bay organizations that got Scott grants.
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  10. Then-state Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, in Tallahassee in 2019.
  11. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, called the director of Florida's medical marijuana program to testify at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  12. In this June 24, 2021 photo, lumber is piled at a housing construction site in Middleton, Mass.  Rising costs and shortages of building materials and labor are rippling across the homebuilding industry, which accounted for nearly 12% of all U.S. home sales in July. Construction delays are common, prompting many builders to pump the brakes on the number of new homes they put up for sale. As building a new home gets more expensive, some of those costs are passed along to buyers.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  13. President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa speaks via video link during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, on Thursday.
  14. Sara Fludd, owner of Pop Goes the Waffle, will open a brick-and-mortar cafe in Gulfport next year.
  15. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined from left by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., updates reporters on Democratic efforts to pass President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  16. This May 16, 2021, photo shows window air conditioners in New York. In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combating climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
  17. An Amazon truck drives in in Philadelphia, Friday, April 30, 2021. Amazon wants to hire 125,000 delivery and warehouse workers and said Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 that it is paying new hires an average of $18 an hour in a tight job market as more people shop online. The company is also offering pay sign-on bonuses of $3,000 in some parts of the country.
  18. A federal grand jury in Tampa charges three people with coercing migrant workers from Mexico to work using illegal means, including imposing debts, confiscating passports, verbal abuse and isolation, as well as threats of arrest, deportation and physical harm.
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  20. Dr. Sharona Ross, a general surgeon, explains the new features of a robotic surgery operating room at the new Taneja Center for Surgery at AdventHealth. The new six-story, $256 million facility on E Fletcher Avenue will offer state-of-the-art facilities primed for robotic surgery.
  21. In this Sept. 14 photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Wednesday to decide who should get COVID-19 booster shots and when.
  22. Eric Clapton will perform at Amalie Arena on Sept.25. The guitarist, though vaccinated himself, has been outspoken in his complaints about COVID-19 regulations, vaccinations and touring mandates.
  23. The seal of the Department of the Treasury is seen at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C.