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  • 19 Mar 2018 10:35 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Need to inject some positivity into your home? A little spring cleaning might just do the trick, a new study finds.

    Clorox, the household name in the cleaning industry, recently released findings from a multifaceted study it conducted in which the findings suggest that keeping a neat living space promotes empathy.

    The study’s first component consisted of an online survey of 2,000 American adults which found that those who enjoyed the act of cleaning were 25% happier that those who did not.

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  • 16 Mar 2018 6:48 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The family that two years ago made one of the greatest finds in sports collectibles history when they found seven Ty Cobb baseball cards printed between 1909 and 1911 have now found one more in the matching set.

    'Miraculous' cache of century-old Ty Cobb baseball cards found in crumpled paper bag

    "It falls under the category of 'you can't make this stuff up,'" said Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator of Newport Beach, California. The company verified the new card and valued it at $250,000

    "The initial discovery, it was a real shock to them," Orlando said. "They put the cleaning on hold for a while ... later they knew what they were looking for, and in a dusty box between two books, there was another one."

    More at source: Chicago Tribune

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  • 15 Mar 2018 3:36 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    SAN ANTONIO - Just in time for spring cleaning, Consumer Reports tested popular carpet cleaning machines. 

    We use a Georgia red clay so that we can see how well these machines are removing embedded dirt from the carpet itself,” said Haniya Rae, Consumer Reports' home editor.

    Testers prepped the samples with a measured amount of the red clay soil and wet it with water. The samples were left to dry overnight.

    Then the machines were put to work, and testers found some big differences. Testers also factored in how well each machine dried the carpet samples, because a wet carpet can lead to mildew or mold growth.

    More at source: KSAT

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  • 13 Mar 2018 6:44 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Durham Board of Education has voted to make custodians Durham Public Schools employees once again. This means ending its contract with an outsource management company, acquiring cleaning equipment, and giving custodial staff higher pay and benefits. The change will cost DPS about $1.1 million.

    A sign indicates the janitor closet inside a Wake County public school.

    Arasi Adkins, the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, cautioned that the custodians would join other so-called "classified" employees -- like bus drivers -- whose salaries have been in flux for years.

    “There are probably over 1,000 people, other classified staff members, that we really need to think about,” Adkins said. “If we do move to an in-house model we'll have another large group of people coming to the board asking for raises as well. I believe it's over a million dollars if we were to fully fund that, too.”

    More at source: WUNC

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  • 12 Mar 2018 7:00 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Imogene Powers Johnson, the billionaire widow of SC Johnson CEO Samuel C. Johnson and a longtime philanthropist, died over the weekend. She was 87.

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    Johnson, whose husband ran the family's cleaning products business for more than three decades, had encountered several health issues in recent months, according to a statement from her son Herbert Fisk Johnson. 

    Johnson, who was known as Gene by friends and family, was worth an estimated $3.7 billion at the time of her death. She met her husband Samuel at Cornell University in 1948 where she was a mathematics major. After graduation, she went on to work as an engineering mathematician at Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego. She learned computer programming and worked on the first aircraft that was capable of a vertical take-off, according to her son. 

    More At Source: Forbes

  • 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. 

    Courtesy of Louisiana State Police

    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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