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Hello,

In VOA English article, I found the following two sentences I don't understand.

(1)  “In our samples, ninety percent of the plastics we are finding are microfibers… Those are often times originating from textiles or other fibrous synthetic products.”

What does "times" in the sentence  mean?

Chances? possibilities? It doesn't mean the same as that used in  " three times a day" does it?

(2)“So you think about the, you know, literally millions of garments like this that are being washed every day. And..."

What is "the" after "about"?

It's not grammatical just because this is a spoken sentence?

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