Bill Gates sorry about control-alt-delete

Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log in to your computer.

The billionaire Microsoft co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function used to start up Windows computers is an awkward maneuver.

“If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City.

It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM for the issue.

“We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” Gates said at a Harvard University event at the time.

Users can press a single key to log in — not three — on Apple’s Mac computers.

The tech luminary, along with his wife, is the co-chair of the world’s largest private charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The couple teamed up with dignitaries like President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New York on Wednesday to promote their new Goalkeepers report, which tracks progress on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Monroe County needs your help locating families of six dead men

Nine days after Hurricane Irma, Monroe County authorities reported deputies had yet to find the families of six men who were found dead after the storm.

They had not been able to identify four and had not been able to contact the relatives of a 66-year-old man and a 68-year-old man who were identified. 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Becky Herrin said detectives were searching for the families of David Speraw and Robert Owen Wheeler, Jr.

“We are hoping by releasing his name someone will be able to give us information which might lead to his next of kin,” Herrin said in a statement. 

Speraw lived in Tavernier and died after he was released from the hospital. Owen died while in shelter at Marathon High School during the storm. Herrin said they believe both men died of chronic medical conditions. 

Deputies said the four unidentified white men were “possibly” in their 60s and had gray hair and a beard. One was found in Stock Island, the other in Big Pine Key and another in Marathon. Authorities said the fourth man died at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. 

The others reported storm-related deaths were Roy Vincent Pardee, 60, James Armantrout and Marcia Angelena Rodriguez. Pardee died in a car crash during the evacuation. Armount was found dead in Shark Key and Rodriguez in Marathon. 

Herrin was asking anyone with information to send an email to [email protected] or call 469-610-7017. 


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Keys businesses suffer without tourists visiting

Bo’s Fishwagon has been staple in Key West since the 1970’s.

But the barstools and tables at the popular eatery have been empty for 15 days straight, ever since the area cleared out for Hurricane Irma.

“It’s kind of hard being in business when you’re looking at bankruptcy every summer,” Holly Owen, the co-owner of the restaurant, said.  

She believes the fallout from the storm has already cost her more than $30,000 in losses.

“The bottom line is like emptied out for sure,” Owen said. “We just hope creditors and banks will give us a little leeway. that’s the best we can do.”

It has  been two weeks since the last cruise ship docked in Key West.

That means thousands of people who are not spending their money around town.

“There are a lot of people who rely on tips and hourly workers so we gotta do that as fast as possible– the hardest issue and we’re trying as hard as we can working with FEMA is housing,” Gov. Rick Scott said.

Housing for service workers is priority number one, Scott said.

He was back in the Keys on Wednesday, along with the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

They both know that Florida’s tourism industry relies heavily on the Keys and that $ 2.7 billion alone is generated from tourism dollars  each year in Monroe County.

A vital industry that is suffering with each passing day, tourist attractions are not operating and a usually busy Duval Street is a ghost town with many more businesses still closed. 

“I think the worst thing is– we still don’t have potable water and that’s probably what I’m looking forward most to and it’s hard to open your doors if you don’t have at least that,” Owens said. “So right now I’m just throwing around as much bleach as I can.”



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Ryan, congressional delegation view Irma’s hardest-hit spots

House Speaker Paul Ryan was joined Wednesday by a congressional delegation  from districts across the state  that were hit hard by Hurricane Irma.

They toured the Keys, and then met with members of the Coast Guard. 

Ryan spent the earlier part of his day getting a look at the flood damage in Jacksonville. 

From there, he made his way to South Florida where he caught up with a congressional delegation including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.).  

The group got an aerial look at the damage in Monroe County. 

The issue of making sure the Federal Emergency Management Agency has enough money to keep the relief effort going was top of mind for trip participants.  

The agency has already distributed $153 million in claims, not including the folks in Monroe County — many are just returning home and getting a look at the damage to their homes. 

“In 10 days FEMA gets $6.7 million more they can access, so they have more money in the pipeline to deal with this and then as we assess and get more information from the administration, I’m sure we’re going to do another supplemental once we have a full assessment of what is needed,” Ryan said.  

Curbelo has weighed in.

“We know the agency is going to get an infusion of funds here at the end of the month, but those funds will only last for a few weeks. So, we need a robust funding package for FEMA, so we can help Florida, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other parts from natural disasters,” he said.         

The Coast Guard said it’ll start carrying out missions and rescue operations at the latest Thursday morning. 

FEMA had just over $7 billion in disaster relief money for the federal response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and that money will also be spent on Hurricane Maria.  


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Florida suspends license of nursing home with deaths after Hurricane Irma

While a Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills was at Memorial Regional Hospital with a recorded temperature of 108.3, authorities say a nurse at the center recorded the patient’s temperature at 1.1.6 degrees. 

Authorities also said that after a resident died, a nurse at the facility reported the resident was “resting in bed with respiration even and unlabored.” The two reporting irregularities were among the discrepancies the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration found while investigating the nursing home. 

AHCA decided to suspend the license of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, where nine died after Hurricane Irma. The agency’s initial investigation determined the residents did not receive timely medical care.

“No amount of emergency preparedness could have prevented the gross medical and criminal recklessness that occurred at this facility,” Agency Secretary Justin Senior said in a statement. 

Carlos Canal, 93, was the ninth resident to die Tuesday night, according to a statement from the Hollywood Police Department. Detectives were still investigating what caused the nine deaths at the facility housing 145 people. 

Albertina Vega, who suffered from dementia, was the first to die after the storm. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday Oct. 10. 

Facility employees told police officers the storm knocked down a tree that took out the transformer, which was meant to help power the air-conditioning system. They contacted Florida Power & Light, which had not restored power to the area after the storm, Sept. 10.

Natasha Anderson, the chief executive of Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services, which shares a building with the nursing home, said she called the Florida Department of Health to report the issue Sept 11 and Sept. 12.

The facility’s administrators decided not to evacuate the building despite the risk of heat-related health issues. One patient had tachycardia at 1:30 a.m. Sept. 13. An hour later, another suffered respiratory distress. Three suffered cardiac arrest.  

When the heat-related symptoms at the nursing home became obvious at Memorial Regional Hospital, which is across the street from the nursing home, hospital nurses took initiative and got the other patients out.

Hollywood police later identified the other victims as Carolyn Eatherly, 78, Gail Nova, 71, Estella Hendricks, 71, Bobby Owens, 84, Miguel Franco, 92, Betty Hibbard, 84, and Manuel Mario Mendieta, 96. 

Gov. Rick Scott terminated the facility from the Medicaid program. 

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Car wash can’t reopen due lack of power

Ryan Cain’s car wash still doesn’t have power after Hurricane Irma.

“Generally, you can’t hear yourself in this room,” Cain said, while walking in a back room that houses an engine. 

Majestic Car Wash owner Ryan Cain hasn’t had power at his business for nine days, while it appears all the neighboring businesses do.

“FPL keeps dragging us along day, by day, by day. It’s going to be Sunday, then Monday, Tuesday, here we are Wednesday and no answers, no truck,” he said.

Cain was reluctant to complain about his power problems on camera but he feels bad for his employees because he has had to close.

“Look, I get it. There is a lot of heartache out there,” he said. “It may be one house. It may be five houses but it is 16 employees.”

He is also losing a lot of business.

“Here is a customer right now,” Cain said, pointing at a truck pulling up to the car wash. “It happens all day. It is killing me.”

He said the lack of power is costing him somewhere between $30,000 to $40,000 a week.

Meanwhile, his competition is cleaning up.

For now, Cain said he is expecting to install a generator and will continue to call for linemen to restore his power.


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