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A Chicago Public Schools inspector general’s report substantiating allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with a student forced Tim King, the lauded head of a prominent charter school network, to resign last week, sources told WBEZ.

King, who founded Urban Prep Academies, was celebrated nationally for getting 100% of the school’s all-Black male students into college. King developed an innovative program that instilled pride in Black boys, who faced some of the worst outcomes in CPS, and, among many awards, was named Hero of the Year by People Magazine.

Sources with knowledge of the confidential report, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the Chicago board of education received the inspector general’s report in July.

The school district instructed the charter school Wednesday to inform parents of the investigation’s findings but said charter school officials declined. The district sent a letter instead.

“Nothing is more important to Chicago Public Schools than student safety in our schools,” reads the CPS letter to parents. “Chicago Public Schools is working with UPA (Urban Prep Academies) to ensure that all UPA students are safe and that their rights are protected.”

The letter, which does not name King, states that district investigators substantiated the claims on June 30. “Based on interviews and documentation, the IG’s office concluded that the administrator engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old UPA student and engaged in other misconduct involving the victim.”

The letter tells parents the administrator is barred from having contact with Urban Prep students and is prohibited from entering all CPS facilities.

King had wanted to continue working to raise money for the charter schools with the Urban Prep Foundation, he told WBEZ Monday. But CPS is barring him from any connection with the charter school and placing a do not hire on his record.

According to sources, the OIG report said King “groomed” a student, starting when he was 16 years old. The sources said the report outlined years of alleged inappropriate sexual activity. King also provided financial support to the student after graduation, the sources said. WBEZ has not seen the report.

Through his attorney, King denied all allegations.

“It is a sad day in Chicago that a man who has done so much to help young Black men in Chicago is being targeted,” said Andy DeVooght, the attorney.

DeVooght called the inspector general’s report a “kangaroo” investigation and full of holes. He said to the extent that King helped the young man in question, it was with private donations through an alumni program. Many former students, most of whom are low income and need support beyond high school, have been helped through the program, he said.

King’s attorney said the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had previously investigated allegations of sexual abuse but did not substantiate them. He does not face criminal charges.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez pledged last year, during a scandal at Marine Leadership Academy, to take swift action and be transparent in cases of sexual misconduct.

Charter schools are part of Chicago Public Schools. Last year, the school district provided about $8.6 million to Urban Prep to provide education to students who attended two of its three schools. The third campus is funded by the state.

King served as both the chief executive officer and president of the charter school network, a setup that school district officials previously criticized for creating a conflict of interest.

“We intend to clear his name,” DeVooght said. The attorney added that there have been no other allegations in King’s 30-year career.

In the letter to parents Wednesday, CPS officials said they told Urban Prep to dismiss King after the substantiated findings by the inspector general. However he appealed the inspector general’s findings to the CPS’ Title IX coordinator who rejected King’s appeal, according to CPS. After that, King resigned.

King Is exiting Urban Prep at a critical time. Urban Prep has spent years in financial turmoil and has had to get cash advances and take out high interest loans to make payroll, according to a memo obtained by WBEZ. It also has seen its student enrollment dwindle as Black families have left the city, taking available students with them.

The two campuses that are authorized by CPS are up for renewal next year.

Sarah Karp covers education for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter @WBEZeducation and @sskedreporter.

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Killexams : 8 enterprise storage trends to watch

The data storage industry is experiencing a major transformation driven by multiple factors, including the need for security, speed, efficiency, and lower costs. IT research firm Gartner recently predicted 23-times growth in shipped petabytes through 2030, a trajectory that promises to radically reshape and redefine current data center and IT operations. To stay on top of the storage game, keep a close eye on these eight trends.

1. DNA storage

DNA, when used as a data storage medium, promises a far higher capacity and more resilient storage environment than traditional storage architecture. DNA storage allows molecular-level data storage, archiving information directly into DNA molecules.

"The advantages of DNA-based data storage are its density and stability," says Nick Heudecker, a former Gartner analyst. "One gram of DNA can store approximately 215 petabytes of data with a minimum life span of 500 years." Just don't leave the media out in the sun, however, since UV breaks down DNA.

It’s important to note that this is a long-term trend, however. While DNA storage is rapidly advancing, DNA media isn't likely to become mainstream for quite some time. There's currently no firm timeline for DNA storage availability, although some optimists hope that it may become commercially available by the decade's end.

"Current DNA sequencing and synthesis technologies are too expensive and slow to compete with traditional [storage] infrastructure," Heudecker says. Access latency remains high, currently measured in minutes to hours with a maximum write throughput of kilobits per second. "A DNA drive competitive with tape archival must support a write throughput of gigabits per second," he notes. Achieving such speed would require DNA synthesis, the writing process, to become six orders of magnitude faster. DNA sequencing, the studying process, must become two to three times faster.

Even if access latency and throughput challenges can be successfully resolved, there's still a steep cost obstacle to overcome. "Tape storage media costs roughly between $16 and $20 per terabyte," Heudecker says. DNA synthesis and sequencing costs hover in the area of $800 million per terabyte.

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Killexams : Sunoco (SUN) Q2 2022 Earnings Call Transcript No result found, try new keyword!Q2 2022 Earnings Call Aug 03, 2022, 10:00 a.m. ET Greetings, and welcome to Sunoco LP's second quarter 2022 earnings conference call. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being ... Wed, 03 Aug 2022 07:00:32 -0500 en-us text/html Killexams : Reshaping the heart of hoover

The heart of Hoover’s retail center could see a major transformation in the coming years, with potential redevelopment plans being drawn up for both the Riverchase Galleria and Patton Creek shopping centers.

The Galleria campus, which many people consider the anchor for Hoover’s retail scene, is being eyed as a potential location for a health care facility, which could be a driving force that turns the mall into a mixed-use center, including residential use, City Administrator Allan Rice said.

And just across Galleria Boulevard, the owner of the Patton Creek shopping center — The Necessity Retail REIT — has a very robust redevelopment plan, Rice said.

“That includes taking down probably 75% of what you see over there,” he said. “A few structures will stay, but a lot of the buildings over there will come to the ground, and they’ll start over on a massive redevelopment.”

Health care at the Galleria

Regarding the Galleria, “there is a strong interest in bringing a health care presence to the mall campus,” Rice said. “We have been approached by several different operators expressing their interest.”

A key question is what type of health care facility is needed, he said.

“Hoover has been chasing a hospital for 35 years,” Rice said. “There have been a number of close calls and near-misses over the last 35 years. We feel more optimistic about this effort than ever before. The stars are aligning.”

But it likely wouldn’t be a typical hospital or even a traditional community hospital, Rice said.

What is more likely is a health care facility with a heavy outpatient focus and perhaps a small number of inpatient beds for overnight stay, or what is known as 23-hour beds, Rice said.

City officials believe such a facility would be perfect for Hoover, which is surrounded by hospitals but is the largest city in the

state without a hospital inside its borders, Rice said.

Such a facility probably would require some minor modifications to the state health care plan, but “there is a strategy to obtain that,” Rice said.

The city’s new Hoover Health Care Authority, of which Rice is a member, has hired an attorney who specializes in health care regulatory affairs, and that attorney — Colin Luke — is working to develop an application for a certificate of need from the Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board, Rice said.

The Health Care Authority also will be reviewing information from the city’s economic development staff and consulting firms that do health care planning, he said.

Once the authority gets a better idea of the type of facility that will best serve Hoover residents and others that have access to the Galleria campus, it will proceed with an application, Rice said.

If a certificate of need is issued, the Health Care Authority then would solicit proposals from prospective operators, he said.

An exact location for a health care facility hasn’t been determined, but the Galleria campus is a natural fit because it already has usable structures, parking lots, parking decks, roads, utilities and lighting, as well as proximity to two interstates (I-65 and I-459) and two highways (U.S. 31 and Alabama 150), Rice said.

One particular site being eyed is the former Sears building. A business called Overstock Furniture and Mattress recently started leasing that building, but Rice believes that could be a short-term lease and said he believes the owner of the building — an out-of-state company trying to divest itself of former Sears properties — would be interested in a longer-term tenant.

However, “we’re not locked into that site,” Rice said. “There are many advantages to that site, but it’s surely not the only site.”

Galleria vitality

The health care discussion is the central part of a much bigger conversation about

the future of the entire Galleria campus, Rice said.

It’s no secret that the mall industry nationally is facing challenges and that many malls are evolving into mixed-use facilities, he said.

However, there is a tremendous misconception that the Galleria is not doing well, Rice said.

“That is not a dead mall,” he said. “There are six and a half million cars a year coming on and off that campus. … It’s doing a lot of business. Its cash flow is nice. It generates sales tax at a high rate.”

Businesses on the Galleria campus generated sales of $442 million in 2021, according to a Hoover Sun analysis of tax records. That’s up from $375 million in 2013, records indicate. Sales on the Galleria campus fell from $437 million in 2019 to $358 million in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting temporary closure of the mall and later reduced hours of operation, but 2021 was a banner year for the mall.

And that’s despite the closing of Sears in October 2019.

“There’s a lot going on at that mall,” Rice said. “It’s not all the stores we all remember from our youth, but there is a lot of economic activity going on.”

Rice said he believes there will always be a substantial retail presence at the Riverchase Galleria, but the trends nationally point toward a very robust mixed-use environment that could include a residential component.

“We firmly believe the future of what we know as the Galleria is a mixed-use neighborhood,” Rice said. “It will look much different than a traditional shopping mall.”

Hoover officials are having monthly conversations with one of the primary owners on the Galleria campus — Brookfield Properties, Rice said. That company, which owns the mall common areas, smaller to medium-sized retail spaces and some outparcels, shares a similar vision as city leadership, Rice said.

Brookfield Properties already has seen a former Sears department store at its mall in Rochester, New York, converted into a health care facility, and “my understanding is it’s wildly successful,” Rice said.

Lindsay Kahn, director of public relations and marketing for the retail division of Brookfield Properties, in response to a request for an interview, replied with an email, saying “Brookfield Properties is engaged with the city of Hoover to explore various opportunities at Riverchase Galleria. Reinvesting in our portfolio of retail properties is a high priority for us.”

Patton Creek

Meanwhile, Patton Creek has been the source of angst for many Hoover residents for several years, and Rice said he understands why.

“If you’re a lay person and you’re driving through Patton Creek and you see storefront after storefront going dark and butcher paper going up, and there’s nothing there, you think, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Armageddon. All these places are going out of business,’” Rice said.

But what many people don’t realize is that the owner of the Patton Creek is trying to create vacancies in certain areas because of its redevelopment plan.

“You’ll see that change radically. This is not a redecoration,” Rice said. “You’ll see buildings go away and new stuff come up.”

This is not just a pipe dream, Rice said. The owners of Patton Creek are extremely well-capitalized and heavily invested, “and they’re ready to maximize their investment at that location,” he said.

The redevelopment of Patton Creek gives the city an opportunity for pretty robust participation in that effort, Rice said. That includes not only the possibility of financing bonds for the redevelopment, but also the possibility of putting a new arts center there, he said.

That idea has been floating around for some time, but “it’s getting very, very serious,” Rice said. “We’re starting to see drawings.”

The mayor and City Council will make the final determination about whether to move forward with building an arts center and where it would go, but the owner of Patton Creek is gearing its redevelopment plan to include an arts center “and some other really exciting shared amenities that will be there,” Rice said. “It will create a downtown for Hoover.”

Hoover has never really had that quaint, old Southern downtown area with storefronts, but “this will literally create a downtown footprint,” Rice said.

The city is having very positive conversations with the Patton Creek owner that should materialize in the coming months, he said.

“This company is ready to move. It’s imminently achievable,” Rice said. “They’re ready to do something.”

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Killexams : How to watch NASA reveal first stunning James Webb telescope images

A giant golden eye flying around the sun about a million miles from Earth will supply humans an unprecedented view of the universe.

The James Webb Space Telescope, a powerful $10 billion observatory run by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, has chilled down to its optimal temperature. Engineers have finished calibrating its scientific instruments. Now the telescope with a 21-foot-diameter mirror is open for business.

Get ready for stunning astronomical photos and data, scientists say.

Updated July 11, 2022: While the major image reveal is happening as described below on July 12, NASA announced that President Biden would reveal one of the James Webb telescope's first images in an event at the White House on July 11 at 5 p.m. ET. The event was streamed live on NASA TV. Here's the Webb telescope image he revealed.

NASA will release the first full-color images and science data from the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022. Credit: NASA / Chris Gunn

"We're only beginning to understand what Webb can and will do," NASA administrator Bill Nelson said at a news briefing last week. "It may answer some questions that we have: Where do we come from? What more is out there? Who are we? And, of course, it's going to answer some questions that we don't even know what the questions are."

For the first photo drop, NASA is planning to reveal the images, one by one, during a broadcasted event at 10:30 a.m. ET on July 12. You can watch this live event on NASA TV.

Then, you can ask the experts your burning questions about the new pictures and science. Questions can be submitted on social media using the hashtag #askNASA on Twitter or by leaving a comment in the chat section on Facebook. Representatives of the Webb team will answer some of these cosmic queries during a NASA Science Live program at 3 p.m. ET on July 13.

"It may answer some questions that we have: Where do we come from? What more is out there? Who are we?"

But if you want to get straight down to brass tacks, the images will be published on this NASA webpage or this Space Telescope Science Institute page.

The huge telescope is comprised of 18 hexagonal-shaped mirrors, which are now perfectly aligned. Alignment test pictures have already shown the unmatched sharpness and clarity of the infrared telescope. But these upcoming images will be the first to provide full-color images and demonstrate Webb’s advanced science capabilities

NASA has kept most of the presentation a secret, but officials confirmed last week they'll show a photo that is the farthest humans have ever looked into deep space.

What's more, the space agency will release an atmospheric observation of a planet that is not in this solar system — what's known as an exoplanet spectrum. The light data from the spectrum provides astronomers with detailed information about what molecules — like water, carbon dioxide, and methane — exist there. These findings could help determine whether other planets could be hospitable to life.

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Killexams : Sun Life and Ideon Partner to Make Benefits Enrollment Faster and Easier for Employers, Employees and Brokers

Ideon’s API powers rapid, accurate data exchange between Sun Life and benefits administration platforms

NEW YORK, July 27, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ideon, the API platform powering digital experiences in health insurance and benefits, today announced that it has partnered with Sun Life to enable a seamless digital enrollment and administration experience for the group benefit provider’s ancillary offerings.

Sun Life, a leading provider of life, disability, absence management, supplemental health, and dental insurance, will use Ideon’s APIs to connect and exchange data with the growing ecosystem of HR and benefits platforms. This creates a more accurate, engaging, and automated benefits enrollment and administration experience for brokers, employers, and Sun Life members across the country.

"This partnership will enhance Sun Life’s data exchange capabilities with benefits administration platforms, making it easier for employees to enroll in and for employers to manage their Sun Life portfolio of benefits – while also improving the broker experience," said David Healy, Senior Vice President of Group Benefits at Sun Life. "We are thrilled to work with Ideon to enhance our digital connectivity as we continue to innovate new solutions for employers."

Amid a competitive job market, employers are expanding the scope and variety of their benefit offerings to attract and retain talent. Research by LIMRA shows that 66 percent of employers believe their employees will expect more ancillary and non-medical benefits options in the future. As the number of benefits employers offer increases, so does the administrative workload on HR teams.

Thanks to the connectivity powered by Ideon, previously manual benefits administration tasks for Sun Life’s employer clients and members are now automated. By spending less time and effort administering the growing number of benefits they offer employees, HR teams have more time to focus on other initiatives for their organizations.

"By selecting Ideon’s APIs, Sun Life is signaling its commitment to continued digital innovation that greatly benefits members, employers and brokers," said Michael W. Levin, co-founder and CEO of Ideon. "As the adoption of voluntary benefits grows, Ideon is a valuable partner to Sun Life and other carriers, making it easier for them to capitalize on this opportunity and empowering them to deliver the best benefit experiences to their clients."

About Ideon

Ideon is the way health insurance carriers and employee benefits providers connect with technology partners to deliver seamless consumer experiences at every stage of the member journey. Ideon is not the websites or apps one uses to choose a plan or find a doctor. It is the infrastructure, the ‘pipes,’ that simplify the complex exchange of quoting, enrollment, and eligibility data between carriers and the technology partners so that they can, in turn, deliver health and employee benefits to hundreds of millions of Americans everyday. Ideon’s APIs transmit billions of data points between InsurTechs and insurance carriers, powering an amazing benefits experience for all. Faster. Better. Awesomely. To learn more, please visit:

About Sun Life

Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing asset management, wealth, insurance and health solutions to individual and institutional clients. Sun Life has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2022, Sun Life had total assets under management of C$1.35 trillion. For more information, please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

In the United States, Sun Life is one of the largest group benefits providers, serving more than 55,000 employers in small, medium and large workplaces across the country. Sun Life’s broad portfolio of insurance products and services in the U.S. includes disability, absence management, life, dental, vision, voluntary and medical stop-loss. Sun Life and its affiliates in asset management businesses in the U.S. employ approximately 8,000 people. Group insurance policies are issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, Mass.), except in New York, where policies are issued by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company (U.S.) (Lansing, Mich.). For more information, please visit

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Killexams : Dire firefighter shortages in this SC county put lives in peril. ‘We do the best we can.’ No result found, try new keyword!Lives could be in danger in Georgetown County, where firehouses face chronic manpower shortages. In some cases, fire engines continually go out with only one firefighter on the truck, while ... Tue, 12 Jul 2022 20:40:00 -0500 text/html Killexams : NASA releases first images from Webb telescope

Could there be life in space? Scientists hope the James Webb Space Telescope will help them get closer to the answer.

Astronomers have yet to find a solar system quite like ours. And of the thousands of known exoplanets, none quite match up with the planets in our cosmic backyard. But scientists have only just begun to scratch the surface of these planets outside the solar system. The next step is looking inside of them.

Webb will peer into the very atmospheres of exoplanets, some of which are potentially habitable. Since the first exoplanets were discovered in the 1990s, many have wondered if we might find another Earth out there, a place called Planet B.

So far, the study of these bodies hasn't revealed another Earth, and it's unlikely that even with technology like the Webb, there won't be "a true Earth analog" out there, said Klaus Pontoppidan, Webb project scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

Signs of life: The Webb telescope will look inside the atmospheres of exoplanets orbiting much smaller stars than our sun. These planets are connected with an intriguing idea: What if life happens differently outside of Earth? And it's something that the successors of this telescope could investigate in the decades to come.

In fact, the task of identifying signs of life on other planets is already slated for future telescopes, like the one outlined in the recently released Astro2020 decadal survey that will look at 25 potentially habitable exoplanets.

"I kind of really want us to be able to find life on something that looks not a lot like Earth," said Nikole Lewis, astrophysicist and an assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University.

Life, as we understand it, needs energy, liquid and the right temperature, she said. What happens when a potential sign of life is detected? Finding the sign is fantastic — and figuring out the next step is crucial, said Sara Seager, an astrophysicist, planetary scientist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

If it's determined that there was no other way a potential sign of life could be created, collaboration will be a key aspect, Lewis said. Engaging with chemists, biologists and people of different disciplines outside of astronomy and planetary science can determine the path forward.

"My hope is that we'll be careful, and that we will engage with all of the relevant experts to try to understand if this is in fact, a signature that could only mean that life is on this planet, and then hopefully announced such a thing to the public," Lewis said.

Jill Tarter, astronomer and former director of the Center for SETI Research, believes that the answer to finding life may rely on technosignatures, rather than biosignatures, because the evidence of past or present technology is "potentially a lot less ambiguous."

Biosignatures could be gases or molecules that show signs of life. Technosignatures are signals that could be created by intelligent life.

Read further about the search for life in space here.

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Killexams : First image from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope reveals thousands of galaxies in stunning detail

Billions of years ago, long before a swirling cloud of gas and dust coalesced to form the sun, light left the earliest stars and began a long journey through space.

The light has been traveling ever since, covering trillions upon trillions of miles. It hurtled by galaxies and their nascent stars, some of which were accompanied by planets. And on one of these, a species evolved with the ability not only to question what might be out there, but to build tools to see what its own eyes could not.

On Monday, the world got its first glimpse of that ancient light courtesy of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the most sophisticated and ambitious deep-space viewing tool yet assembled.

It's a snapshot of deep space, the light from innumerable galaxies swirling around a central point like the light thrown off from a disco ball. Flanked by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson unveiled the image at a White House news conference.

"If you held a grain of sand on the tip of your finger at arm's length, that is the part of the universe that you're seeing—just one little speck of the universe," Nelson said.

Webb is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, which transformed science's understanding of the vastness of the universe. One of Hubble's most famous images, the eXtreme Deep Field, shows flecks of light representing some 5,500 galaxies, the faintest of which enable us to look back in time 13.2 billion years.

Webb allows astronomers to zoom in on Hubble's faintest flecks.

"It's an emotional moment when you see nature suddenly releasing some of its secrets," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "It's not an image. It's a new worldview. You're going to see nature giving up secrets that have been there for many, many decades, centuries, millennia."

Webb can, quite literally, see galaxies far, far away as they were long, long ago—just a few hundred million years after the . It intercepts light in the infrared part of the spectrum, whose wavelengths are too long to be visible to the human eye.

Built at Northrop Grumman's Space Park in Redondo Beach, California, Webb launched on Christmas Day from French Guiana. Its destination was L2, scientific shorthand for the second LaGrange point roughly 930,000 miles from Earth. It's one of five places where the gravitational forces of the sun and the Earth are in balance, allowing Webb to remain a fixed distance from our planet.

It took nearly a month for the telescope to get there. Then the telescope slowly and deliberately unfolded itself over the course of two weeks.

An intricate system of latches, cables and pins released a five-layer sunshield about the size of a tennis court. Once that was in place the telescope's 18 hexagonal mirrors swung into place, creating a honeycomb-like structure 21 feet across. The process wouldn't have seemed out of place in an episode of "Transformers." (Indeed, NASA released a short video about Webb featuring Peter Cullen, the actor who voiced Optimus Prime in the original 1980s cartoon.)

Each mirror is coated in 100 nanometers of gold to enhance its ability to reflect . The mirrors were carefully aligned by focusing on a star with the unwieldy name 2MASS J17554042+6551277. The test image, released to the public in March, showed a brilliant star that appeared to radiate light from six points, a feature of the telescope's hexagonal mirrors.

But the background caught scientists' attention: Behind the star were countless flecks of light, each representing a galaxy billions of years old.

It was a tantalizing peek at the telescope's capabilities.

Hubble, launched in 1990, has offered unprecedented insight into the cosmos during its decades of service. Its observations have helped scientists determine the age of the universe and the rate of its expansion, along with discovering black holes, obscure moons and exoplanets.

But Webb is exponentially more powerful. Its mirror is six times larger than Hubble's, meaning it can collect far more light and look farther back in time. It also has far greater capabilities to study infrared light.

Webb wouldn't work if it were where Hubble is. The newer telescope is so much more sensitive that it would be overwhelmed by light and heat from the Earth, moon and sun. But its distance also means that it's too far away to be repaired manually by spacewalking astronauts, as Hubble has been five times since its launch.

Hubble had been in the sky for less than a decade when NASA began talking about the technology that would eventually replace it. Construction of the new telescope, named for NASA's second administrator, began in 2004 with a $1 billion budget and targeted launch date of 2010.

But the budget and timeline expanded nearly as fast as the universe it was meant to explore.

The team didn't just have to ensure the materials and technologies on the telescope would work properly once shot into space. In many cases, given the pathbreaking nature of the device, they also had to invent those materials from scratch.

The segmented cryogenic mirrors, the five-layer sunshield, the microshutters that capture infrared light—all of it had to first be imagined and lab-tested before being manufactured for use on the telescope.

Its soaring costs ate into budgets for NASA's other projects. In 2011, Congress floated a bill to kill the project entirely. If a risk this big failed, "the progress of astronomy could be set back by a generation," the journal Nature warned in a 2010.

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Killexams : Wayne R. Schaumburg, retired Baltimore teacher and history buff who led tours of Green Mount Cemetery and Great Baltimore Fire, dies

Wayne R. Schaumburg, a retired Baltimore public schools teacher who gave walking tours of Green Mount Cemetery and traced the path of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 by bus and foot, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at his Ocean View, Delaware, home. The former longtime Perry Hall resident was 76.

“There was nobody like Wayne,” said Johns Hopkins, executive director of Baltimore Heritage. “He helped more people fall in love with Baltimore and all of our wonderful quirky historic places and history than anybody I know.”



Jim Burger, a Baltimore photographer and writer, is a longtime friend.

“People keep saying his death is a tremendous loss, and it is, but he left so much information behind that otherwise would be lost,” Mr. Burger said. “He left behind so much about Baltimore’s rich history, and that’s his legacy.”

Walter Schamu, an architect, and founder of SM+P Architects, said: “Wayne was a huge source for the Dead Architects Society as he was truly Mr. Baltimore History who also had a deep interest in the city’s architecture.

“He was very unassuming and had absolutely no ego. He’s probably in heaven right now asking St. Peter about the streets, how old they are, and who built them.”

Wayne Ronald Schaumburg, son of Norman Schaumburg Jr., a draftsman at the old Western Electric Co.’s Point Breeze works, and Doris Kramer Schaumburg, a Lutheran High School administrator, was born in Baltimore and raised in a McKewin Avenue rowhouse in Waverly.

“Wayne always said he was raised in the shadow of Memorial Stadium and that the lights from the stadium filled his bedroom and made him into a lifelong fan of the Orioles and the old Colts,” said his companion of 14 years, Deborah A. Klenk, an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware, and former dean of Cecil College in Bay View.

He was a 1964 graduate of Baltimore City College and remained active in the high school’s alumni association throughout his life. “He wore his City ring at every opportunity,” Ms. Klenk said.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at what is now Towson University, where he maintained a double major in history and geography, and obtained a master’s degree from what is now Morgan State University, and held a second master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis on architecture.


He began teaching social studies in city public schools in 1968, first at Edmondson-Westside High School, and then 16 years at Northern High School. He spent the last 20 years of his career in Home and Hospital Services as a tele-teacher, teaching students who were either homebound or in hospital. He retired in 2007.

Mr. Schaumburg was also a guest instructor in Baltimore history at Towson University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore City Community College, CCBC Essex, Harford Community College and Roland Park Country School.

Not only had he immersed himself in Baltimore history throughout his lifetime, but he also began giving walking tours in 1985 of Green Mount Cemetery. The cemetery, which began receiving the dead in 1839, was one of his favorite local landmarks and perhaps one of his most popular tours.

With gray hair and a Germanic face that was highlighted by a pair of large black glasses and wearing a hat slung back over his forehead, Mr. Schaumburg exuded the energy of a much younger man, as he bounded up and down the roadways and paths of the cemetery, eager to talk about the next grave he was steering his charges to. So everyone had access to him, he limited the tour to 20 people.

Through nearly four decades, he introduced thousands to some of the city and state’s most historic luminaries from government, business, medicine, education and the arts, such as Elijah Bond, inventor of the Ouija board, and Elizabeth “Betsy” Patterson, who married Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon’s youngest brother, who later returned to France, where the marriage was terminated, but not before fathering a son in Baltimore.

Some of the other notables spending eternity there include merchant princes Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, Henry Walters, A.S. Abell, founder of The Baltimore Sun, as well as presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth, and his actor father, Junius Brutus Booth, and more than 20 Civil War commanders from the North and the South. Author Walter Lord of “A Night to Remember” fame and poet Sidney Lanier rest there as well.


“Green Mount Cemetery is literally Baltimore’s history,” Mr. Schaumburg explained in a 2016 Baltimore City Paper interview.

Dean Krimmel is a historian and owner of Creative Museum Services/Qm2, a Baltimore museum consulting firm.

“I first met Wayne in the 1980s and that’s when I first started calling him Mr. Green Mount,” said Mr. Krimmel, who also noted Mr. Schaumburg’s large slide collection.

Mr. Burger, who had been on his cemetery tour numerous times, said Mr. Schaumburg always added something new to the tour.

Mr. Schamu added: “If you can make a cemetery sparkle, and Wayne certainly did that, plus he had boundless energy for it.


“Two years ago, he passed the baton to us at Baltimore Heritage to continue the Green Mount Cemetery tour that he had been giving for years, and they will always be called ‘The Wayne Schaumburg Tour.’ That’s what Baltimore calls them. That’s what they are.”

From 1985 to 1990, he led a Baltimore rowhouse tour with the old Baltimore City Life Museums. He later added historic Westminster Presbyterian Church and its surrounding cemetery to his repertoire, which is home and the final resting place of poet Edgar Allan Poe.

He began giving what he called his “Great Baltimore Fire Tour” in 1997 in conjunction with the Fire Museum in Lutherville, and in 2004, established the tour with the Maryland Historical Society, now the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

“I think he had 30 different talks on Baltimore history that he gave all over the state on multiple nights during the week where he shared his love of the city,” Mr. Hopkins said. “He was a master storyteller and could weave stories from all Baltimore time periods and genres.”

“Wayne would go anywhere to share his stories and he was generous with his time,” Mr. Kimmel said.


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He was on the board of Baltimore Heritage, whose meetings he was still attending by Zoom, Mr. Hopkins said. He had also served on the board of the Baltimore City Historical Society, and Friends of Maryland’s Olmstead and Landscape, and at his death, in addition to Baltimore Heritage, was on the boards of Friends of Perry Hall Mansion, the Clifton Mansion and The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.


He also managed a website, Wayne’s Guide to Walks, Talks and Tours of Baltimore.

Mr. Schaumburg was an avid collector of Baltimore postcards and photos. He also maintained an interest in the Baltimore Fire and painted screens.

He had been a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Community Lutheran Church in Frankford, Delaware.

His wife of 27 years, the former Judith Susan Sherwood, a registered nurse who later became a May Co. claims adjuster, died in 2006.

Plans for a service to be held in August are incomplete.

In addition to Ms. Klenk, Mr. Schaumburg is survived by his son, Timothy S. Schaumburg of Perry Hall; a daughter, Jennifer A. Schaumburg of Devon, Pennsylvania; and a sister, Linda Osborne of Parkville.

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