Manhunt in deadly NJ house party shooting, African volcano erupts, NBA playoffs: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of 5 Things: A manhunt began after a deadly house party shooting in NJ on Sunday. Plus, a volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo forces thousands to evacuate, Reviewed.com’s Amy Roberts has tips for staying safe while traveling, matchmaking apps will make it easier to spot who is vaccinated and the 2021 NBA Playoffs roll on.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning, I’m Taylor Wilson, and this is Five Things you need to know. Monday, the 24th of May 2021. Today, a manhunt after a New Jersey shooting, plus thousands evacuated after a major volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo and more.

Taylor Wilson:

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. More than 300,000 people have now died from the coronavirus in India. The grim milestone marks the world’s third highest death toll during the pandemic, after the United States and Brazil. Infections are slowly dropping in major Indian cities, but the surge is now slamming the poorer rural countryside.
  2. The Weekend, Drake and BTS were the big winners at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday. The Weekend took home 10 wins including top male artist. Drake was honored as Billboard’s artist of the decade and BTS won top duo or group.
  3. Phil Mickelson added another major to his trophy case, winning the PGA Championship on Sunday. It’s the 50-year-old’s second PGA and sixth career major.

Taylor Wilson:

An investigation continues Monday after a deadly shooting at a house party in New Jersey. A manhunt was underway Sunday for a gunman who opened fire killing two people and injuring 12 others. The shooting happened in Fairfield Township, a rural south New Jersey community, 50 miles from Philadelphia. State police arrived at the scene late Saturday night and found the bodies of a 30-year-old man and 25-year-old woman. Witnesses said the gunman opened fire from the dense woods surrounding the house. Community leaders said the gathering was a ’90s-themed party attended by hundreds of mostly young people. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he expected to give an update Monday morning. He added quote “This despicable and cowardly act of gun violence only steels our community to ensuring New Jersey leads the nation in passing and enforcing strong and common sense gun safety laws.”

Taylor Wilson:

The death toll has risen in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on Saturday night. At least 15 people are dead and more than 500 homes are destroyed in and around the city of Goma. The eruption also sent some 5,000 people evacuating to nearby Rwanda and another 25,000 people went to the nearby city of Saki, according to the UN children’s agency. More than 170 children were still feared missing on Sunday. The city of Goma was spared some of the mass destruction caused by the volcanoes last eruption in 2002, hundreds died in that disaster with more than 100,000 people left homeless. But villages closer to the volcano were devastated. Residents said there was little warning before the eruption and evacuations were rushed and disorderly. At least 5 people died in a truck crash while trying to evacuate Goma and another woman went into labor and gave birth while fleeing to Rwanda. Goma is a hub for many humanitarian agencies in the region, including the UN peacekeeping mission.

Taylor Wilson:

With COVID-19 cases dropping in the US and some parts of the world and vaccinations going up, you might be ready to get back to travel. Review.com Amy Roberts is here with some tips on what’s changed.

Amy Roberts:

I decided to travel up to visit my family. I live in the US Virgin islands and they are in New England. After I was vaccinated and my parents were vaccinated and my brother was, it seemed like it was a safe option to be able to head up there. Before I booked the trip I double-checked all the rules about travel. Some places at the time in April, were still requiring certain things be met. For example, you would maybe have to get a negative COVID test to enter a state and file it with the travel bureau or the government there. As it turned out, the rules were in the process of changing and it became apparent that I did not need to get negative testing prior to traveling to Massachusetts. Also I was going to New York and New York changed its rule as of April one and I was getting there right after that.

Amy Roberts:

So that worked out well. What I learned, first of all, even though at this point, mask mandates have been loosened or are being loosened in various places. They have not been loosened by the TSA. So in order to get on a plane, you have to have a mask and it has to meet specific requirements. It must fit tightly around your nose and chin. So it can’t be a bandana or a buff-like tube. It has to not have any vents. You are welcome to wear additional protection like a face shield if you want, but that’s in addition to your mask, not in place of it. Really that would only have a benefit for your eyes, which they do believe that viral transmission may be able to happen via your eyes. If you’re concerned, that felt like overkill to me so I didn’t do that, but I did make sure I had masks.

Amy Roberts:

Also because hard surfaces may potentially carry virus from people touching it, I brought wipes with me so that I would be able to wipe down the surfaces within my immediate area on the plane. So where I live, it’s tough to get travel packs of wipes. So I actually made my own wipes, very simply, I just took some nice high quality paper towels, Bounty, broke them up into their little select-a-size and folded them. Tucked them into a quart-sized bag and then poured a whole bunch of Lysol in the bag so that the wipes were nice and wet. That way when I got the plane, I was able to take out my wipe, wipe down my armrest, wiped down my tray table, wiped down the little connection thingy that holds the tray table in place, wiped down my buckle on my seatbelt, and felt significantly safer because I had done all that effort.

Amy Roberts:

The other thing that is a little different, obviously you’re going to see people wearing masks in the airports and on the plane, is that the airline industry has not seemed to quite get themselves back up to speed yet. We always had delays before. I had pretty significant delays both directions on both my flights. My first connection, which was through Miami, the second flight was delayed and delayed and delayed– and then finally canceled. So I ended up with a bonus night on my trip in Miami for the night. I will say the airline already has protocols in place when it’s quote unquote, “Their fault.” In this case, it was their fault. There was a problem mechanically with the plane. So without even an issue, they booked me in a hotel. I was given a meal voucher for a whopping $12 that I was able to get three things at the airport but it was still something, a couple of small things.

Amy Roberts:

Then the next morning I was booked on a new flight to get to my final destination, which was Boston. On the way back, there was bad weather and so all of the flights out of New York were canceled the night before. So they were canceled on Sunday for my Monday morning. That being said, if I was not staying with friends, I would have had to spend more money. So leisure travel might be a little dicier. This was a family trip and visiting friends. So I had options for fallback plans. I might be a little more careful if I were traveling somewhere where I was having to pay for a rental car for an extra day or pay for a hotel for another day.

Amy Roberts:

Another thing when you travel, typically, you probably think to bring a couple of snacks, particularly if you don’t want to spend airport prices buying a $5 bag of potato chips that would normally cost 75 cents. The airlines, when I was traveling, were not offering any sort of food on the planes at all. My understanding is that most of them are now moving back to offering the usual food for purchase, or at least a limited selection of beverages for the main cabin. All along first class they’ve had food because that’s what you pay for when you pay for first class. But the main cabin, I believe many of the airlines have, or will begin offering food.

Amy Roberts:

That being said, we all know that masks, as they’re required on the planes, you may remove them when you are eating, because obviously it’s hard to eat with a piece of fabric over your face. But my feeling on it is if they’re serving food all at the same time or relatively at the same time, that means most of the people on the plane are taking their masks off at the same time and therefore breathing into the air in the cabin. If you’re someone who’s particularly concerned and I’m a little bit on the germaphobic side, I would personally wait and eat my food or drink my beverage after everyone else has finished when they’re coming back through to take up the trash. That’s my comfort level with it, I will say in the airport you’re permitted to take your mask off to eat, but you’re supposed to keep it on otherwise. I, as I said was vaccinated before I traveled and I did take my mask off when I ate at the restaurant that I ate at, but on a previous trip actually back in October, I went and found a small corner of the airport in front of a convenience store that was closed, sat on the floor and hid in the corner because I figured at least this way, I’m not in the immediate airspace of anybody else.

Amy Roberts:

Again, I’m not a doctor. I don’t know exactly whether all of these are just overly cautious of me or what, but those were the precautions that I felt more comfortable taking, particularly when indoors, in spaces where people are breathing.

Taylor Wilson:

For more travel tips in a world that’s slowly opening back up, head to Reviewed.com.

Matchmaking apps are making it easier to spot vaccinated singles, beginning Monday, Tinder, Match, Bumble, Hinge and other dating apps are adding new features to show that you got your COVID-19 shots. On OkCupid, users can add an I’m vaccinated profile badge and be featured within the apps so-called vaccinated stacks. The new matching system lets users search by vaccination status. On Tinder vaccinated users get elevated to premium content, including a super like option to help them stand out and Bumble will also give access to premium features. 49.2% of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including more than 60% of adults.

Taylor Wilson:

The NBA Playoffs roll on Monday with a pair of games. First, the Milwaukee Bucks host the Miami Heat after winning the first game in overtime Saturday. Then the Portland Trailblazers will try to extend their one-zero lead over the Nuggets in Denver. On other opening games Sunday, the Hawks took down the Knicks, Sixers beat the wizards, Sons over the Lakers and the Grizzlies upset the Jazz. Thanks for listening to 5 Things. If you have a second, please drop us five stars on Apple Podcasts and you can listen wherever you find your audio. Thanks as always to Shannon Green and Claire Thornton for their work on the show. 5 Things is part of the USA TODAY Network.

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