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Once homeless, Cesar Hernandez now runs a global consulting company and recently earned an MBA from Oxford University.
This year, for the first time in history, the four leaders of the two congressional spending committees are women.
Friday’s report from the Commerce Department is the latest evidence that the Fed’s series of interest rate hikes are slowing the economy.
Restaurant employment is still 3.6% lower than before the pandemic, or the equivalent of 450,000 jobs.

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  1. FILE - A sign for the Chipotle restaurant in Pittsburgh's Market Square is pictured Feb. 8, 2016. Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle said Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, that it is looking to hire 15,000 people in North America to ensure its stores are staffed up ahead of its busy spring season.
  2. A new Jeep is delivered to a dealership in Pittsburgh on Monday. A report released by the Commerce Department on Friday showed U.S. inflation and consumer spending cooled in December.
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  5. St. Petersburg City Council member Ed Montanari will serve as the chairperson of a new economic development-focused committee.
  6. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, now the president of the state Senate, stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  7. Federal authorities in Florida have charged 25 people with participating in a wire fraud scheme that created an illegal shortcut for aspiring nurses to get licensed and find employment.
  8. Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times arts and music reporter, is shown here when she recently took part in the "Dream Tapestry" interactive experience at the Dali Museum. She won this year's MUSE Award for literary arts from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
  9. FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, a worker uses a flashlight to inspect an engine on a Boeing 737 Max 8 built for Southwest Airlines at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Southwest Airlines reports earnings on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.
  10. An employee works in the battery assembly hall at the BMW Spartanburg plant in Greer, S.C., in October. Most economists think the economy will slow further in the current quarter and slide into at least a mild recession by midyear.
  11. A worker guides a bin into position at a construction site, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Miami. The Commerce Department issues its first of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the fourth quarter of 2022. On Thursday, the Commerce Department issues its first of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the fourth quarter of 2022.
  12. Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg hired Eugenio Aleman as its new chief economist in 2022.
  13. Eric Silagy, the outgoing president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, during an interview Thursday, June 9, 2022.
  14. Boulon Brasserie, a new modern French American restaurant, opened Tuesday at Water Street Tampa.
  15. A record number of Americans are paying at least $1,000 a month for their vehicles, according to new findings from the auto inventory site Edmunds.
  16. PEI Global Partners will open a Florida headquarters in Thousand and One, the new Water Street Tampa office tower at 1001 Water St.
  17. Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. are seeking state approval to pass along hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs to customers because of hurricanes and higher-than expected natural gas prices.
  18. The Falcon's Fury drop tower ride at Bush Gardens opened in 2014. It was closed "out of an abundance of caution" after a fatal accident on a similar ride in Orlando last March, and it hasn't reopened since.
  19. Remember, don’t get stuck in the credit card trap. Nowadays, swiping that plastic is pricier than ever.
  20. Medicare does allow those turning 65 with employer benefits to delay Medicare Part B enrollment without a penalty when you want to enroll in Medicare later.
  21. The SunRunner parked at the 1st Avenue N & 5th Street N station during a media preview on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 in St. Petersburg. The SunRunner is the Bus-Rapid-Transit service that will take riders from downtown St. Pete to St. Pete Beach with limited stops.
  22. “One of the lessons we learned very early on in the process was, trying to tell the community what it needs is a losing proposition,” Rays president Brian Auld said. “But if you really listen and you explain what assets you have as a big-league ballclub, you can really make a difference.”
  23. A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2019. The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition.
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