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  • 09 Mar 2018 9:08 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    WESTFORD, Mass. –  A janitor at a Massachusetts elementary school has been charged with having a loaded gun in his car on school grounds.

    Police say a handgun with a high-capacity magazine was found in the trunk of 21-year-old James Healy's car at the John A. Crisafulli Elementary School in Westford. He has since been fired from the school.

    The investigation was prompted by pictures submitted anonymously to the school's resource officer. They appeared to show Healy holding firearms. Police say Healy told them the guns in the pictures were pellet guns.

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    At Healy's arraignment on Wednesday, his attorney said he has no criminal record. The lawyer says Healy suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and has struggled since his father's death.

    Bail was set at $2,000. Healy faces several firearms charges.

    Source: Fox News

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  • 07 Mar 2018 8:11 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Women with regular exposure to cleaning products may face a steeper decline in lung function over time, according to an international study. 

    Women who used sprays or other cleaning products at least once per week had a more accelerated decline than women who did not, the study authors wrote. 


    “We’re cleaning in our houses every day and every week. It’s important to have this discussion about cleaning and what we do in our homes,” said lead study author Dr Oistein Svanes of the University of Bergen, Norway.

    More At Source: Jordan Times

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  • 06 Mar 2018 10:47 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Dyson Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum that Dyson unveiled today at an event in New York is a new milestone for the company’s strong line of battery-powered vacuums. In fact, it spells the end for plug-in models, even for holdouts who’ve been reluctant to ditch their big bulky continuous power versions.


    Dyson’s Cyclone V10 has Dyson’s most advanced digital motor yet. In a briefing, Dyson showed me the motor and how it compares to its previous generation version. I’m no electric motor engineer, but I can say that it’s significantly smaller and lighter (made possible using some ceramic in place of metal in its construction) and it’s a something that will blow away the existing models in terms of performance.

    More At Source: Tech Crunch

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  • 05 Mar 2018 11:26 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Diverse Facility Solutions, a firm owned by Mark Wright, was awarded a $12.9 million contract to clean the David R. Lee Animal Care Center, the 911 and 311 non-emergency centers, the Goldblatt’s building, West Town library, and the Chicago Fire Academy. The company made $35 million in 2017, has 900 employees and was ranked 82nd on the BE 100s, a listing of the nation’s largest black businesses.

    Three Chicago Black Businesses Win a Piece of the City’s New $106.3M Janitorial Contracts

    Jimmie Daniel’s Total Facility Maintenance received a $9.9 million contract to clean a group of buildings that includes the public safety headquarters.

    While nonblack-owned ABM Janitorial gets $68.3 million, the company will be giving 35% of its work to Diverse Facility Solutions and 10% to We’re Cleaning Inc., a company owned by Yvonne McGinnis, in order to fulfill its minority “set-aside” rule.

    More at source: Black Enterprise

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  • 02 Mar 2018 7:42 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A Cameron Parish cleaning crew made an unpleasant discovery today.

    Sheriff Ron Johnson said one of his crews found a head in a plastic bag on the side of La. 27 in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. 

    The head was decomposed, and identification of the victim has been turned over to the coroner, he said. Investigators believe it has been out there months, not years, but a final determination will be made by the coroner, he said. 

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    Deputies searched the area, as well as the surrounding marsh, but no other body parts were found, he said. 

    We're following this story and will post additional details as they become available. 

    More At Source: KATC

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  • 28 Feb 2018 7:33 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A janitor is being hailed as a hero for diverting terrified students away from the teen who carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.

    As a fire alarm sounded and bullets began to ring out at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday afternoon, some students fled from their classrooms into the hallway – unknowingly into the path of AR-15-wielding, 19-year-old madman Nikolas Cruz.


    “After I started running with the people, I realized that wasn’t the best choice because there was a janitor that thank God stopped me and all of my fellow students from going in that direction, towards the shooter,” school senior David Hogg told ABC 13.

    More at source: NY Post

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  • 27 Feb 2018 7:28 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES >> Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District workers represented by the Service Employees International Union will decide next month whether to authorize the union to call a strike in the midst of contract talks.

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    Taking part in the strike authorization vote will be district cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, special education assistants and other workers represented by SEIU Local 99, which has accused the district of unfair labor practices “and bad faith bargaining.”

    The vote is scheduled to take place March 12-24. Union officials said if the workers authorize a strike, a walkout could potentially occur during the current school year.

    More at source: Daily News

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  • 26 Feb 2018 11:32 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Oregon was among the first states to pass a law designed to prevent wage theft and sexual harassment in the janitorial industry, but the regulations that took effect this year are getting a second look from lawmakers.


    “Our initial concern was we were capturing far too many people under this,” said Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, co-sponsor of a corrective bill that’s quickly working its way through the Legislature. “They had included individual employees in the licensing requirement. Then, it was capturing housekeepers. A lot of my colleagues across the state were really nervous about that.”

    More at source: Bend Bulletin

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  • 22 Feb 2018 9:23 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A DIA official told the council Tuesday that after this and other previous bids have drawn protests, the airport plans to seek an outside review of its bid process and rules with an eye on increasing transparency and efficiency. Some protests have centered on DIA’s lengthy final negotiations with winning bidders, leaving losing companies in the dark for months about the outcome.

    Denver Cleaning Contract Approved For $115 Million Dollars

    “I understand that we don’t win every bid. Nor do we expect to,” said Scott Murray of Triangle Services, which was among the bidders not selected for the janitorial contract, during a public comment session Tuesday. “What we do expect is a transparent process that is fair to all the bidders.”

    More at source: Denver Post

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    Denver Cleaning Contract Approved For $115 Million Dollars

  • 21 Feb 2018 10:10 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Researchers at a university in Norway followed 6.235 people for over 20 years, collecting data on their health and behavior. What they found should make us all think twice about using chemical cleaners. In one example, forced vital capacity (FVC)—a measurement frequently used to assess lung strength and capacity—declined much more quickly for women frequently exposed to cleaners. Specifically, the data showed a 4.3 mL/year faster decline for women who cleaned at home and a 7.1 mL/year faster decline for those who worked as professional cleaners.

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    What does this mean in real life? This increase in decline was comparable to 10 to 20 pack-years of tobacco smoking. "Pack-years" is a term used by clinicians to measure tobacco smoking and is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. They also found that asthma was 12 to 13 percent more common in women who frequently used cleaners. "We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age." Cecile Svanes, M.D., Ph.D., one of the study's authors and a professor at the university, explained to ScienceDaily.

    More at source: Science Daily

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