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.


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    The St. Pete Pier will bring back its fall pumpkin patch Oct. 9-17. In addition to the hay bales and pumpkins all around, there’s a free family photo booth set up.
  2. A truck drives down a rural road near a water tower marking the location of the Memphis Regional Megasite on Sept. 24, 2021, in Stanton, Tenn. Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation of South Korea plan to build three new electric-vehicle battery factories and an auto assembly plant by 2025 in Tennessee and Kentucky. The industrial site in Stanton will be the location for a factory to produce electric F-Series pickups and a battery factory.
  3. The sculpture of Walt Disney in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. The castle got a major makeover to celebrate its 50th anniversary and there are loads of attractions opening to mark the Oct. 1 anniversary.
  4. Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine seen Sept. 27 at a CVS pharmacy on Wells Street in Chicago.
  5. Frontier Airlines said Tuesday that it will add five new routes to and from Tampa International Airport by the end of 2021, bringing the total number of cities it serves from Tampa to 26. The carrier opened a crew base for nearly 400 pilots and flights attendants in Tampa in May.
  6. TD Synnex is co-headquartered in the former Tech Data offices in Largo.
  7. Students relax at the eighth-story pool at the newly-opened off-campus housing high-rise called The Henry, a nod to Henry Plant, who built the historic hotel that now houses the University of Tampa.
  8. Blackjack dealer Roland Miyares wears a face mask and gloves while dealing to a guest as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in May.
  9. In this  Sept. 16 photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. DeSantis asked Florida's secretary of state to investigate Facebook on Monday based on a news article that reported the social media company gives preferential treatment to politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and other prominent people.
  10. Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Magic Kingdom theme park and resort opened Oct. 1, 1971, and is now the world's most-attended tourist attraction.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Facebook is putting a hold on the development of a kids' version of Instagram, geared toward children under 13.
  16. 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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  18. 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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  20. Then-state Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, in Tallahassee in 2019.
  21. 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.
  22. 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)
  23. 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.