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Killexams : SUN Administrator learn - BingNews Search results Killexams : SUN Administrator learn - BingNews Killexams : Energy Department: Net energy gain achieved in nuclear fusion breakthrough The Energy Department on Tuesday announced that scientists achieved a net energy gain, producing more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it for the first time. Image courtesy U.S. Department of Energy © UPI The Energy Department on Tuesday announced that scientists achieved a net energy gain, producing more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it for the first time. Image courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Energy Department announced Tuesday that scientists produced more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it for the first time, in a historic breakthrough.

The Department of Energy, led by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and its National Nuclear Security Administration announced that on Dec. 5, scientists conducted the first controlled fusion experiment in history to achieve net energy gain.

"Simply put, this is one of the most impressive scientific feats of the 21st century," Granholm said at a press conference announcing the breakthrough.

"It strengthens our national security, and ignition allows us to replicate certain conditions only found in the stars and in the sun. This milestone moves us one significant step closer to the possibility of zero carbon abundance fusion energy powering our society."

Fusion is the process by which two light nuclei combine to form a single heavier nucleus, releasing a large amount of energy. The sun generates its energy by nuclear fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium. The ability to harness such power could lead to creating an endless source of clean energy.

"In making this breakthrough, they have opened a new chapter in NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Program," said NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby in a statement. "Our team from around the DOE national laboratories and our international partners have shown us the power of collaboration."

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said it surpassed the fusion threshold by delivering 2.05 megajoules of energy to the target, resulting in 3.15 MJ of fusion energy output, demonstrating for the first time a most fundamental science basis for inertial fusion energy.

"Many advanced science and technology developments are still needed to achieve simple, affordable [inertial fusion energy] to power homes and businesses, and DOE is currently restarting a broad-based, coordinated IFE program in the United States," the Energy Department said in a statement.

"Combined with private-sector investment, there is a lot of momentum to drive rapid progress toward fusion commercialization."

In the 1960s the Livermore lab theorized that fusion could be produced in a laboratory setting. That led to the next 60 years of laser research, optics, diagnostics, target fabrication, computer modeling and simulation, and experimental design.

Increasingly powerful laser beams were used to create temperatures and pressures like those in the cores of stars and giant planets, and inside exploding nuclear weapons.

"The pursuit of fusion ignition in the laboratory is one of the most significant scientific challenges ever tackled by humanity, and achieving it is a triumph of science, engineering, and most of all, people," LLNL Director Kim Budil said in a statement.

"Crossing this threshold is the vision that has driven 60 years of dedicated pursuit -- a continual process of learning, building, expanding knowledge and capability, and then finding ways to overcome the new challenges that emerged. These are the problems that the U.S. national laboratories were created to solve."


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Killexams : No ‘fairy godmother,’ Ms. Sun Spots celebrates 50 years of advice, support and community connections

By Sun Journal

Welcome to Sun Spots Land, a 50-year-long lively conversation with the community that is not only still relevant, but thriving.

From Day 1, the Sun Journal’s daily column — Sun Spots —has been a place where readers could ask a question, share a recipe, help a fellow reader in need and learn more about our communities. For many, it became the first place to go to save time, and where you could turn when everything else you tried had failed.

Now 50 years later, the forerunner to what is best about today’s social media — but always curated, upbeat and on point — is still connecting neighbors, answering questions and filling needs. Join me today, Ms. Sun Spots, as we tour Sun Spots Land.

The story begins like this: In 1972, Sun Journal Managing Editor A. Kent Foster had an idea and decided to throw it against the wall to see if it would stick. The “advice column” named “Sun Spots” was born.

The earliest Sun Spots column found in the archives was published on Thursday, Dec. 7, 1972. It included a question from “Upset in Lewiston” who wondered what she did wrong when she dyed her husband’s white shirts to “look more like today’s colors” and they came out streaked. (Mrs. Sun Spots suggested the shirts were made with a blended fabric, with the cotton and manmade fibers absorbing the dye differently.)

Mary Ann Norcross of Auburn displays just a few handfuls of the many pop tops she’s been able to collect over the years thanks, in part, to the Sun Spots column. She collects them as part of her support for the Ronald McDonald House. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

From then on, the column was published a couple times a week before it hit the big time and was offered six days a week.

Five decades and several Mrs. (now Ms.) Sun Spots later, here I am, five years into communing with readers (who I refer to as Sun Spotters) every Monday through Friday, including holidays. So of course, I want to encourage you to celebrate Sun Spots’ 50th birthday! Woohoo!

After all, I couldn’t do this without you. We created Sun Spots Land together. You ask the questions, and you also help me find the answers. We share our collective knowledge on everything from how to make a remedy for brown tail caterpillar rash to where to find a raisin pie like Mom used to make.

And it’s you who generously offer up free stuff like pianos and books, let us know what’s happening where you volunteer, and sound the alarm when you’ve lost something or found something. Like this:

Dear Sun Spots: I lost my sterling silver ring at the Auburn Goodwill Store. It’s a size 5 and has a large cut-glass stone. I have left my name and number at the store and have also called the local pawn shops and jewelry purchasers. I pray my ring is returned to me. . . . —Jennifer, Norway

And, days later, this:

Dear Sun Spots: You’ve done it again. My letter to Sun Spots was seen by a wonderful lady. She called and had found a ring outside one of the stores I had been in. Sure enough, it was mine. She even brought it to my home last Thursday. I cannot thank Sun Spots and this lovely lady enough. Keep up the good work you do!” — Jennifer, Norway

That wasn’t the first time Sun Spots helped in finding a precious possession and it won’t be the last.

Sometimes, finding things for readers takes a different form. We’ll never forget the gentleman in his 80s who appealed to Sun Spots for a sturdy egg beater so his wife could keep making popovers. Sun Spotters were all over that one, with suggestions on where to buy new beaters and offers of used ones.

And then there’s finding solutions to problems, such as when readers shared their collective advice to a mom whose 8-year-old son had really stinky feet.

That’s how things work in Sun Spots Land. We share in so many ways, and by doing so, we make our own sunshine even on the dreariest, meanest of Maine days.

Believe it. You, dear readers, are what make Sun Spots so special. Whether you intend to or not, when you write to Sun Spots, you step into a proactive community of people who can and will help you.

Need a ride to the airport, a dunk tank for a fund-raiser, a marching band, volunteers to place flags at the veterans’ cemetery, a recommendation for a massage therapist or a chimney sweep, a zipper replacement, a lamp repair? You know what to do.

Readers have even suggested ideas that resulted in Sun Spots spin-offs, including a cookbook filled with Sun Spots recipes, a book of household hints, and most recently a companion column on money-saving tips.


Being Ms. Sun Spots means I get to be a detective and enjoy the thrill of the chase, a career I will choose in my next life. I must pay attention to the little things. I also embrace being empathetic, curious, having a sense of humor, and, oh yes, I even need to be fearless.

Being Ms. Sun Spots also involves magical thinking.

To be clear, I’m not “imaginary,” as one young reader thinks I am.

I’m not a “fairy godmother” as “Loyal Reader” once wrote.

I do not have “a research department” (ha-ha).

Nope, I’m not “the Sun Spots administrator.”

And I’m not an internet robot poised to entangle you in my web.

This very special necklace was lost by a Sun Journal reader a couple years ago. Sun Spots ran an item about her plight and another Sun Spots reader found the necklace and brought it to the Sun Journal office to be returned. It’s one of many lost items reunited with their owners over the years thanks to the column and helpful readers. Submitted photo

I’m simply Ms. Sun Spots, taking my turn with the infamous Rolodex as I reflect the energy emanating from my readers. I serve as a connector to everyone who partakes of the column, which reaches beyond L-A, western Maine and even New England. Letters have come in from London, Ireland, Germany, New Brunswick, Virginia, California, Arizona, the Carolinas, Florida, and more.

You, my dears, have put Sun Spots Land on the map.

To deal with reader questions, I often rely on my ever-expanding help line that includes city managers and clerks, the Department of Environmental Protection, store and restaurant owners, teachers, librarians, nonprofit organizations, professors, tax preparers, sheriffs, SeniorsPlus and, of course, my readers.

It often goes like this:

“Brrring, briiiiing.”


“Good day — this is Sun Spots from the Sun Journal! I need your help.”

Very often, no other explanation is needed. The voice on the other end of the line brightens. I ask my questions, get my answers, then sometimes chat it up a while. It’s downright delightful.

Sometimes a reader question opens a big, juicy can of worms that’s too big to hold in a Sun Spots column. So off it goes to a Sun Journal staff writer or freelancer, as was the case back in July 2018 when this letter arrived in the Sun Spots inbox:

Dear Sun Spots: My aunt, Dolena McIntyre, was a regular singer/entertainer on the radio station WCOU during the 1940s. . . . I think her stage name was Roselle Coury. Does anyone remember her or have any more information? Also, please let me know if there are any recordings.” — Jimmy, no town

I found that Dolena and Roselle weren’t the same person, but this inquiry led to an award-winning feature story in which Ms. Sun Spots’ brief answer was expanded upon by a freelance writer for the Sun Journal.

Remembering Roselle Coury” was published on Oct. 28, 2018, just three days after what would have been “Maine’s first lady broadcaster’s” 100th birthday. After the story was published, Sun Spots letters poured in from family members and others who knew Roselle, including local radio celebrity Connie Cote.

Another question that led me down quite a rabbit trail was when loyal reader Heidi inquired as to where her antique handmade dolls could be donated. I found the Historic Hazel & Owen Currier Doll Museum in Fryeburg. Because the museum already housed Hazel’s TEN THOUSAND dolls, it couldn’t take in any more, but I found another home for Heidi’s collection through a museum volunteer’s contacts.


Very often, your letters strike a chord with me. I’ve laughed a lot, been frustrated at times, and even shed a tear or two. And sometimes your letters have evoked a special memory of mine that I can’t help but share.

I admit I have my favorites.

For many years, Heidi sent Sun Spots beautifully handwritten letters that always brought joy to my day:

“Dear Sun Spots: When I came home today, someone had surprised me with a pretty blue vase with flowers in it left at my door.

When I was a child and visited my grandmother I picked wildflowers on my way and brought them to her. She was always so pleased and put them in a vase on her kitchen table. My thought is, why just provide flowers on birthdays, holidays, and at the grave? Whoever you are, many thanks for the lovely gift.” — Heidi, Wilton

This recipe was used in Sun Spots in the 1970s and is just one of many, many shared over the years through the column. Submitted

I never laid eyes on Heidi but felt that I knew her. When she passed away recently, her neighbor wrote to tell me, referring to me as “that nice lady at the paper.”

I’ll admit it’s hard not to get attached to the “regulars” who write to Sun Spots again and again. There’s MaryAnn who hauls garbage bags full of soda can tabs to Portland to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. There’s David, who sends great recipes, and Louise, who checks in just to see how I’m doing.

What would I do without Jerry, who helps answer questions for veterans?

I also want to acknowledge the late Cat Man Norm who, along with his partner, Rose, founded Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends in Greene. His requests to Sun Spots for supplies for his kitties were so touching, and each time he followed up with a heartfelt thank-you note.

And how about those Good Samaritans — the ones who shovel walkways for our senior citizens, rush in to aid someone in an auto accident or someone who has slipped on the ice?

I also love getting letters about those “food angels” out there who anonymously pay for strangers’ restaurant meals, fast food, coffee, or groceries.

You see, when I was tapped to be Ms. Sun Spots, I didn’t know I would experience so much more from you than learning how to use Jerusalem artichokes in a recipe or how to translate a letter written in Esperanza.

Your enthusiasm for this place we all call home, your willingness to stop what you’re doing to help someone else, your loyalty, generosity, and goodwill — all inspire me and provide me a sense of comfort and belonging.

I’ll say it again: We wouldn’t have Sun Spots without you, the readers. What a joy it is to ride along with you on this informative, fascinating journey. Let’s go for 50 more years.

Happy birthday to us! Keep those letters coming . . .

And as we say in Sun Spots Land, shine on!

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Killexams : College of the Desert VP Jeff Baker alleges school's president, 2 trustees defamed him

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) 11 hrs ago Jonathan Horwitz, Palm Springs Desert Sun

College of the Desert Vice President Jeff Baker has initiated a legal claim against the college, the school’s top leader and two board of trustee members, alleging they defamed him. He also claims the behavior of former trustee Aurora Wilson led to retaliation against him after he raised concerns about the college’s 2021 search that resulted in the hiring of Superintendent/President Martha Garcia.

Baker, through a government claim filed with COD on Nov. 16, says he has suffered substantial emotional distress and damage to his reputation as a higher education administrator.  Baker has been on a mental health disability leave from the college since September, according to the document.

“The conditions Defendants created for Mr. Baker at work are so intolerable that a reasonable person would find no option other than to resign,” the document reads. 

Baker, 52, served as the college's interim president/superintendent after the resignation of Joel Kinnamon in March 2021 until Garcia joined the school in August 2021.

Baker's attorney, Megan Beaman Jacinto, explained that filing a claim with the employer before going to court is a necessary step in certain cases against government entities. If COD and Baker do not reach a settlement soon, Beaman Jacinto said she will file a demand for a trial by jury with Riverside County Superior Court. 

Beaman Jacinto said she has not heard from COD regarding the claim. COD spokesperson Nicholas Robles told The Desert Sun: "The matter is going to be discussed by the board as a part of closed session at Friday's upcoming board session."

The document adds to a stark, ongoing division at the college between those who supported hiring Garcia and those, like Baker, who were allied with Kinnamon and had favored his preferred successor, Annabelle Nery, who was passed over for the job.

COD Superintendent/President Martha Garcia. © (Andy Abeyta/The Desert Sun) COD Superintendent/President Martha Garcia.

Trustees Aurora Wilson, Bea Gonzalez and Ruben Perez supported the selection of Garcia. Trustees Fred Jandt and Bonnie Stefan voted against her appointment.

The board dynamics are now shifting. Kinnamon was elected to the board of trustees in the Nov. 8 election, ousting Wilson. He will be ceremoniously sworn in at Friday's board meeting.

Beaman Jacinto has represented Kinnamon

Beaman Jacinto also represented Kinnamon in a exact legal affair with the COD board with regard to comments about Kinnamon's leadership made by board members during public meetings. And, she represents Kinnamon’s husband and campaign manager, Christopher Parman, in his defense to continue to operate a website that mocks the college, Garcia, Perez, Gonzalez and Wilson. COD has requested that Parman take the site down, and claims it is defamatory and violates college trademarks.

Kinnamon, COD's president from 2012 to 2021, hired Baker as executive vice president in 2016.

He served in that role for several months before transitioning into a consultant position and later becoming interim vice president for instruction. In spring 2019, Baker became vice president for student services. Then, when Kinnamon suddenly retired in March 2021, Baker was named the school’s interim president.

Joel Kinnamon speaks during a forum hosted by the faculty at College of the Desert in Palm Desert in October. He ousted Aurora Wilson in the Nov. 8 election. © Taya Gray/The Desert Sun Joel Kinnamon speaks during a forum hosted by the faculty at College of the Desert in Palm Desert in October. He ousted Aurora Wilson in the Nov. 8 election.

Baker says in the document filed with COD that by accepting the interim presidency, he and “all involved” knew he would be ineligible to apply for the permanent job. Baker claims that at some point during the search for COD's new superintendent/president, he “observed irregularities with the project, which he believed may violate the law.” The document does not specify what those "irregularities" were.

Baker says when raised his concerns about those issues and “possible legal violations” with Wilson and Perez, Wilson “immediately became upset and indicated she did not want to hear about his concerns or have any discussions about the search process.” In the claim filed with COD, Baker did not detail what he believed the "possible legal violations" were.

Baker says he felt Wilson was “forcibly silencing him about his concerns.” Baker claims that Wilson eventually notified the other trustees about his concerns, and says the trustees thereafter excluded him from their search for a new president.

The Desert Sun was unable to reach Wilson by phone Tuesday afternoon.

Baker claims that a third trustee, Gonzalez, became upset with him after he denied her request to use college space for an event due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

He claims all of them — plus Garcia — proceeded to make harmful and false claims about his job performance in instances where, he says, they knew or should have known they were making false claims. The document does not specifically cite what those harmful claims were.

Bea Gonzalez © College of the Desert Bea Gonzalez

After Garcia was chosen, an outspoken group of faculty who had wanted the board to hire Nery, considered a vote of no confidence in Garcia and Wilson, Perez and Gonzalez, but ultimately decided against one. At the time, Kinnamon told them he believed the hiring process had been affected by politics. 

Nery left COD last year to become president of Santa Ana College. 

Last month, the trustees voted along the same 3-2 lines to extend Garcia’s contract through 2025 and provide her a pay raise and an extended severance package, should she need one.

That decision came after results from the Nov. 8 election showed it was very likely that Kinnamon would defeat Wilson.

Baker says Garcia didn't talk to him after she was hired

Once Garcia became president, Baker returned to his position as vice president for student services. 

In the following year, how COD should manage construction projects became a politicized course across the valley, with multiple cities clamoring for higher education development. 

Baker claims Garcia and the three trustees who voted to hire her made statements to the public and the media about projects in Palm Springs and Cathedral City that were not true. He alleges that the board took actions regarding the projects that appeared to be politically motivated. The document submitted to COD does not outline what Baker believes was untrue. Beaman Jacinto said supporting evidence for most claims is usually revealed in the discovery phase of a trial.

COD Trustee Ruben Perez speaks during an election night gathering in Coachella on Nov. 8. He won re-election. © Taya Gray/The Desert Sun COD Trustee Ruben Perez speaks during an election night gathering in Coachella on Nov. 8. He won re-election.

Baker says he quickly reached out to welcome Garcia and offer her information for a successful transition of leadership. However, he claims Garcia “showed no interest in meeting” and "did not do so" after assuming office. He believes that his qualms about the hiring search and his close relationship with Kinnamon might have played a role in that.

He says that Garcia, hired in July 2021, reached out to him that August about his knowledge of the Palm Springs campus project, a roughly $350 million project financed by taxpayer-approved bond funds.

Baker said in the complaint that he “did not know a lot about that project,” so he referred Garcia to another administrator, Scott Adkins. But Garcia, he says, did not consult with Adkins about the campus until January — nearly six months after she was hired and one month after the college fired the lead industry consultant for a planned learning hotel at the Palm Springs campus.

Adkins’s husband, Wonnie Short, a Tennessee businessman, donated $10,000 to Kinnamon’s trustee campaign.

Aurora Wilson speaks during a forum hosted by the faculty at College of the Desert in October. She was ousted by Kinnamon in the Nov. 8 election. © Taya Gray/The Desert Sun Aurora Wilson speaks during a forum hosted by the faculty at College of the Desert in October. She was ousted by Kinnamon in the Nov. 8 election.

Baker also alleges that Garcia did not ask him about the roughly $30 million Roadrunner Motors project, a planned automotive education center in Cathedral City. Garcia asked consultants and trustees to consider relocating plans for the center due to projected cost overruns.

Ultimately, Baker claims that Garcia, Perez and Gonzalez each made claims about the college’s operations under his tenure that are false and could hurt his reputation, and Wilson's behavior led to administrative decisions that caused him reputational and emotional injury.

The complaint also says Garcia gave Baker “extensive negative criticism” in a performance evaluation submitted in August. He claims the evaluation failed to provide specific examples or facts to justify that criticism, and he says he was criticized for a project no longer under his purview. He says he was also criticized by Garcia for “not communicating” while he was on COVID-19 medical leave in June and July.

Baker said in the complaint it was the first such criticism he has received in his career.

Jonathan Horwitz covers education for The Desert Sun. Reach him at or @Writes_Jonathan.

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Killexams : Broward School Board to decide superintendent’s fate on Tuesday — again Broward County School Board member Torey Alston, right, is sworn in by former Deputy Superintendent and former Blanche Ely High School Principal Earlean Smiley in August. The board may decide Tuesday whether to remove Superintendent Vickie Cartwright immediately and replace her with Smiley. © Joe Cavaretta / South Florida/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS Broward County School Board member Torey Alston, right, is sworn in by former Deputy Superintendent and former Blanche Ely High School Principal Earlean Smiley in August. The board may decide Tuesday whether to remove Superintendent Vickie Cartwright immediately and replace her with Smiley.

Vickie Cartwright faces another vote Tuesday on whether she still has a job as Broward schools superintendent, with some board members trying to keep her and others ready to move on.

Which side will ultimately prevail and whether she will be immediately replaced with a former high-level district administrator, Earlean Smiley, remains to be seen. The discussion is set to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

“I continue to focus my attention and energy on the daily operations of our schools. I hope that the decision will keep to my guiding principle of Students First,” Cartwright said in a text to the South Florida Sun Sentinel in response to questions about Tuesday’s meeting.

Cartwright started as interim superintendent in August 2021 and was hired for the permanent job in February. But her future became shaky following the release of a scathing grand jury report that led Gov. Ron DeSantis to suspend and replace four School Board members. He’d also appointed a replacement in April for Rosalind Osgood, who became a state senator.

On Nov. 14, the Desantis-appointed School Board members voted to fire Cartwright following the release of two audits critical of how the district handled contracts. The four elected board members voted no.

But only one of the five appointed members, Torey Alston, is still on the School Board. Recently elected board member Jeff Holness wants the new board to weigh in. He’s asking the board to rescind her firing.

Holness is concerned that the vote was taken without the public knowing it was happening, according to a document posted with the agenda. The Nov. 14 meeting had been advertised, but the termination vote wasn’t on the agenda. Holness also noted the School Board had voted three weeks earlier to provide her 90 days to fix a list of problems.

Holness wrote that removing the superintendent continues to keep the district in turmoil.

“With every change in leadership comes uncertainty and disarray. Turnover in this district is alarming and I believe that steadiness at the top with the Superintendent is where we must start,” he wrote.

“I am proposing that we be that breath of fresh air to our community and staff by not adding the turmoil a new superintendent search will bring to this district,” he added.

At least one board member, Debbi Hixon, said she will support his motion.

However, there’s also a competing proposal. Chairwoman Lori Alhadeff voted against firing Cartwright due to Sunshine concerns, but she now supports replacing her immediately. Alhadeff is asking the School Board to negotiate with Smiley to become interim superintendent.

Alhadeff said this move is intended to bring stability to the district.

“Dr. Smiley is a well-respected, highly qualified, results-driven leader,” Alhadeff said. “Direct appointing Dr. Smiley allows us to put an end to the chaos and uncertainty that has characterized much of 2022 and start the new year ready to work together to make Broward County Public Schools the A-rated district our children deserve.”

Smiley, 71, started with the school district in 1974 as a teacher and worked her way up to deputy superintendent. She left the district in 2010 to take a job with the McCormick County school district in South Carolina, where she stayed for three years. In exact years, she has worked as a charter school consultant.

“I’m here if they need someone in the transition who will ensure that teaching and learning continue with a high degree of momentum,” Smiley told the Sun Sentinel on Monday. “I know teaching and learning.”

“Broward County is a great school district that has had some transition challenges,” Smiley added. “I think if we can make sure everyone’s roles are understood, we can move past where we are to be a better place.”

Cartwright’s contract requires she be given 60 days’ notice, so if the board supports Alhadeff’s request, Cartwright would spend her last few weeks helping Smiley with the transition.

Smiley is close with board member Torey Alston.

She was his principal when he was a student at Blanche Ely High in Pompano Beach. She swore him in when he took office Aug. 30. And on Nov. 15, the day after Cartwright was fired, he asked the board to name her interim superintendent. The board rejected that idea at the time, opting instead to take applications.

In addition to Alston and Alhadeff, Smiley may receive support from new board member Brenda Fam.

What’s also unknown is how board members Sarah Leonardi and Nora Rupert, who voted against Cartwright’s firing in November, and new member Allen Zeman will vote. Leonardi declined to comment, and Rupert and Zeman couldn’t be reached.

There are only eight members on the School Board right now due to a vacancy. Holness’s motion would fail if there’s a tie 4-4 vote, meaning Cartwright’s termination sticks.

But a tie vote on whether to hire Smiley also would be a failing vote, and would leave Cartwright in charge until mid-January.

Under Alhadeff’s proposal, the School Board would move forward with a national search for a superintendent. The search would be called off if Holness’s plan were to prevail.

Employee groups are divided on whether to keep Cartwright.

The district’s two largest labor unions, the Broward Teachers Union and Federation of Public Employees, say Cartwright has been treated unfairly.

“The process wasn’t followed,” Anna Fusco, president of the Broward Teachers Union, told the Sun Sentinel in a text. “The majority of the conversations and tension is, the process hasn’t been followed for many things. Set the example!”

But the Broward Principals and Assistants Association supports removing her, saying there has been a lack of leadership, communication and resources under Cartwright.

“It is clear that our input and support is not wanted,” Lisa Maxwell, executive director of the association, wrote to board members Sunday. “Unfortunately, neither can we stand by and watch as individuals who are not capable of performing their jobs make horrendously poor decisions which harm our schools.”

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Killexams : Dunbar local school council ‘blindsided’ by principal’s suspension, CPS probe

Families, educators and neighbors of Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Bronzeville said they were blindsided to learn their principal and another administrator were suspended pending an investigation into alleged misconduct, the nature of which remains unclear.

Dunbar Principal Gerald Morrow and school culture director Marva Nichols were removed from their positions Friday until the investigation is complete.

Chicago Public Schools officials have not shared details about the allegations, only saying the district’s leadership “exercises its discretion to remove an employee pending investigation when it is in the best interests of the school, students and staff.

“We recognize the removal of school leaders is disruptive to school communities, and we will continue to support the school community during this time,” a district statement said.

Dunbar Principal Gerald Morrow

Dunbar Principal Gerald Morrow

Morrow, the former principal of the now-shuttered Robeson high school in Englewood, is in his 16th year at CPS. He has not responded to requests for comment.

Dozens of alumni, parents, students and community members attended an emergency local school council meeting Monday to discuss the removal of Morrow — but none said they had any indication of what was happening.

Pastor Krista Alston, a community representative on the Dunbar local school council, said she felt uncomfortably in the dark about the circumstances surrounding the principal’s removal. Alston, other council members and parents said they felt they deserved to know more details.

“I think as a council, we were blindsided about it,” Alston said. “As a governing body of the school, we should’ve been privy [to what was coming]. ...And I felt that we were disrespected.”

Alston said she was concerned that the lack of information has led to speculation and “people to think of all kinds of crazy things” for which Morrow and Nichols could be under investigation.

“I just think we need to ask more questions,” Alston said.

Troy LaRaviere, president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, accused CPS of “hunting for something” to get rid of Morrow.

“It wasn’t just one [allegation], it was one after another after another,” he said. “It was like, ‘We’re going to find something on him, because we have to get rid of this man.’”

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Killexams : Every Android owner must learn ‘FMD trick’ – it could save you loads of money

IF you've got a pricey Android mobile, losing it is a nightmare.

Thankfully there's a handy trick that can help you out in a pickle.

Using Find My Device is a great way to track down a lost Android phone


Using Find My Device is a great way to track down a lost Android phoneCredit: Google

It's called Find My Device, and it does what it says on the tin.

The concept will be familiar to any Apple fans who have heard of Find My iPhone.

"Lock and locate your lost phone," Google explained.

"With Find My Device you can locate, ring, lock and erase your Android phone."

First off, you'll need your phone to tick all of the following boxes:

  • Turned on
  • Signed in to a Google Account
  • Connected to mobile data or WiFi
  • Visible on Google Play
  • Location turned on
  • Find My Device turned on

To turn Find My Device on, go into your Settings app.

Then tap Security > Find My Device, or Security and Location, or Google > Security.

Now toggle Find My Device to the "on" position.

Also, if you use your lose phone for two-step verification then you'll also need to have a backup phone or backup code.

If you don't meet these requirements then Find My Device won't work properly.

First, go to this website:

Sign in to your Google Account if you're not already logged in.

If you've got multiple phones, click the lost one at the top of the screen.

The lost phone will get a notification.

And on the map you'll be able to see where the phone is.

The location will be approximate, so it may not be perfectly accurate.

And if the phone can't be found then you'll see its last-known location – if one is available.

There are a few options available to you at this stage.

You may want to initially select Enable Lock and Erase.

But you can also hit Play Sound to ring your phone at full volume for five minutes.

This will work even if your Android phone is seton vibrate or silent.

You can choose Secure Device to lock your phone with a PIN, pattern or password.

This works even if you don't already have a lock.

There's also the option to add a message or phone number to the lock screen so that someone can return your Android phone to you.

The nuclear option is to press Erase Device.

This will permanently delete all of the data on your phone (although it may miss your SD card).

Once you've erased your phone, be aware that Find My Device will no longer work for it.

This is a sensible move if you think there is no chance of recovering your device, and you don't want to risk your personal information and media being accessed.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2022 02:40:00 -0600 Sean Keach en-gb text/html
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Killexams : Francis Koster: Earth heating up like inside of car left in sun

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 13, 2022

By Francis P. Koster

More than several thousand pets had to be rescued from overheating cars parked in the sun this last year, and another 51 died, according to the leading animal protection organization, PETA.

In almost every case, their adult was stressed, and balancing a number of issues. They put their pet in the back of the car, drove to their destination and underestimated how quickly the car would heat up to dangerous levels (around 15 minutes in some circumstances). In many cases, observant by-passers saw the rising danger, and were able to save the pet.

In too many others, the car heated up, caused the death of the loved pet, and huge guilt and mental distress to the owner.

It may surprise you to learn that one thing that contributes to this tragedy is the color of the car that the pet was left in. If there were two pets in identical cars, one painted black and one painted white, the black car would heat up quicker, get about 17 degrees hotter and the pet would die quicker than the pet in the white car.

Did you know that we are essentially painting our planet black by releasing gases that trap heat just like black paint? By now you have heard a lot about the increasing amounts of “greenhouse gases” being released by cars, industry and electrical generation. What you probably do not know is that these gases do not float up, up and away. They stay in a layer close to the earth’s surface — and warm our entire planet, like black paint on a car.

This layer averages only around 36,000 feet thick. The top of that layer is roughly the same height above the earth that you flew in your last airplane ride. When you were looking out the airplane window, you were looking at the top of the layer of climate-changing gases.

This layer (represented in white in the photo) is .0008% of earth’s diameter — thinner than wrapping a watermelon in cling wrap. This layer is like a blanket made from a lot of different chemicals. These modern chemicals are all around you. They are emitted by your car, your leaking refrigerator or air conditioning unit, or the gas pipe heating your home and water — and all of them keep concentrating into the same limited space, increasing the trapping of heat, and threatening the lives of people below.

One of the most challenging chemicals for our nation to control is the cooling gas that leaks from your air conditioning or refrigerators. These gasses are 2,000-3,000 times more climate changing than CO2.

There are only 212 coal-fired electrical generation stations in America, and all are regularly inspected. Enforcement action is taken by both federal and state agencies if pollution regulations are broken. On the other hand, there are 110 million households that have air conditioning, and nearly 100,000 K-12 school buildings, millions more businesses, retirement homes, office buildings and so forth. A different class of polluter, once a new air conditioning unit is installed and approved by local officials, depending where you live, there are weak or no legal requirements that they be inspected for leakage, and that the leaks be reported.

One creative group which is trying to solve this problem is The Environmental Investigation Agency, an independent non-profit organization. They did a wonderful examination of 45 grocery stores including Albertsons, Safeway, ALDI, Whole Foods, Costco, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Target and Trader Joe’s. More than half the stores investigated had refrigerant leaks detectable where customers shop. You can see a powerful report of their work by googling “Leaking Havoc.”

The EPA has proposed regulations that will require newly invented much less climate changing gasses be used in our new refrigerators and air conditioning equipment — but it will take decades for the replacements to occur. We do not have that much time.

If you want to help “make the invisible visible” we will loan you (for free) an easy-to-use meter that sniffs out leaks. You point it, listen to the beeps indicating a leak, and move the tip of the tube wherever the noise gets louder. Then you get the leak fixed.

Rescuing the future of our children from overheating of the earth can start by “making the invisible visible.” Just go to, select “Borrow Pollution Detection Equipment” and fill out the form. Hurry.

Francis Koster lives in Kannapolis and is a retired pediatric healthcare administrator who runs a not-for-profit organization called The Pollution Detectives.


Mon, 12 Dec 2022 15:00:00 -0600 en text/html
Killexams : Millions of WhatsApp users urged to learn ‘hidden hack’ added in brand new update

WHATSAPP just rolled out a brand new update with a brilliant hidden hack.

You may already know that WhatsApp now offers personalised Avatars.

WhatsApp now offers Avatars, and they've got a brilliant secret


WhatsApp now offers Avatars, and they've got a brilliant secretCredit: WhatsApp
You can use WhatsApp Avatars as stickers, but it's also possible to set one as your profile picture


You can use WhatsApp Avatars as stickers, but it's also possible to set one as your profile pictureCredit: WhatsApp

The update went live yesterday around the world, giving you the chance to create a custom avatar that looks like you – or maybe someone else entirely.

If you make one, you can use it to share the avatar in any one of 36 different sticker styles while chatting on the app.

But did you know that it's also possible to directly set your avatar as a WhatsApp profile picture – rather than your own face, a picture of your car, or a silly meme.

Here's how it all works.

How to create your avatar

To create a WhatsApp avatar, go into Settings.

Now tap Avatar > Create Your Avatar.

Then follow the steps to create your avatar and tap done.

If you want to use it as your profile picture, tap Settings and then tap your profile photo.

Now tap Edit > Edit and then choose Use Avatar.

WhatsApp Avatars explained

WhatsApp Avatars were heavily teased online in exact months in the beta test version of WhatsApp.

And they were already available as a feature on fellow Meta-owned services Facebook and Instagram.

But now anyone with the latest WhatsApp update can try them out.

That means heading to the App Store for iOS on iPhone or the GooglePlay Store on Android devices.

"Your avatar is a digital version of you that can be created from billions of combinations of diverse hair styles, facial features, and outfits," WhatsApp explained.

"Sending an avatar is a fast and fun way to share feelings with friends and family.

"It can also be a great way to represent yourself without using your real photo so it feels more private.

"For many people this will be the first time creating an avatar and we'll continue to deliver style enhancements including lighting, shading, hair style textures, and more that will make avatars even better over time."

It's similar to the the Apple Memoji feature that lets you share custom avatars (and stickers) with pals.

This is also one step for users (and Meta) towards the metaverse – a vast digital universe that you can socialise, work and play inside.

Meta hopes that eventually many more users will have avatars with which they navigate the metaverse.

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Killexams : Anne Heche's son named administrator of her estate

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Anne Heche’s son has been granted control over her estate.

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The Donnie Brasco actress died in August following a car crash and since then, her 20-year-old offspring Homer Laffoon – whose father is her ex-husband Coleman Laffoon – and former partner James Tupper have been locked in a dispute over the control of her affairs.

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However, on Wednesday, Homer was named general administrator of his mother’s estate and granted permission to “take possession of all the personal property of the estate of the decedent and preserve it from damage, waste, and injury.

Judge Lee Bogdanoff dismissed claims from Tupper – who has 13-year-old son Atlas with the late star – that Homer is “not suitable” to run the estate because of his age, unemployment status and the fact he wasn’t in contact with his mother at the time of her death.

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The judge added: “I find no malfeasance by Mr. Laffoon.”

In addition, the judge also denied Tupper’s request for a hearing to investigate a claim that Heche’s $200,000 jewelry collection has gone missing.

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The judge did issue a caveat that Homer could be removed as administrator if any evidence of fraud or embezzlement surfaces related to the estate.

A future hearing has been scheduled to address an $800,000 bond on the estate previously requested by Homer because the judge noted the value of Heche’s estate is not yet set as she still has acting residuals incoming, as well as plans for the release of her second memoir in January.

As part of his new role, Homer is able to receive copies of his mother’s financial records, file tax returns on her behalf, and “commence and maintain or defend” suits and other legal proceedings.

Homer’s legal team welcomed the ruling.

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“We believe the court reached the correct result this morning, both legally and equitably, and are glad to have this phase of the process behind us,” attorney Bryan Phipps told PEOPLE magazine.

“With Mr. Tupper’s allegations and objections now resolved, we are hopeful the administration of the Estate can proceed without unnecessary complication.”

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