Dwayne Haskins’ wife called 911 and said NFL QB was on his way to get gas before his death. And now that masks are no longer required, are filters enough to prevent COVID-19 on planes?
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A really old Chihuahua has broken a world record
As the song goes, he’s “not as good as he used to be,” but 21-year-old TobyKeith — that would be the dog, not the singer — broke a world record as the world’s oldest dog. TobyKeith from Florida was born on January 9, 2001 and was 21 years and 66 days old on March 16 when Guinness World Records confirmed that he was the oldest living dog. “People can’t believe how good he looks for his age,” the dog’s owner, Gisela Shore, told Guinness. Two decades after she adopted him as a puppy from a shelter, people began to wonder about TobyKeith — was he the oldest living dog? He had long surpassed the average Chihuahua’s life expectancy of 12 to 18 years. Guinness confirmed that TobyKeith was the world record holder. Shore said good genetics, a healthy diet and a loving home are the secrets of his old age. According to Guinness, the oldest dog ever recorded was an Australian Cattle Dog who lived to be 29 years and 5 months.
US aid arrives in Ukraine, which is more likely to be a target for Russia
Ukrainian forces fought in the besieged city of Mariupol on Wednesday after a Russian ultimatum to troops hiding at the Azovstal Steel Plant to lay down their arms without a mass surrender passed. Oleksiy Arestovych, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in a social media post that Ukrainian forces inside the sprawling steel plant faced attacks from the Russian military. Amid the siege of Mariupol and a shift in fighting to eastern Ukraine, US officials are considering a new military aid package. Four flights carrying US weapons, including howitzers, arrived in Eastern Europe in the past 24 hours, part of the $800 million aid package approved last week. Russia continues to attack in eastern Ukraine and is increasing its forces in the region for a broader offensive.
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Gas prices rising again?
The roller coaster price of gas could go up another hill. Gas prices have been falling steadily since hitting record highs in early March, but experts predict the decline won’t last much longer as seasonal demand and soaring oil prices are expected to push up the price at the pump. As of Wednesday, the national average for a standard gallon of gasoline is $4.11, according to the AAA. Although there is still a long way to go to reach the national record – not adjusted for inflation – of $4.33 on March 11, it is the first weekly increase since the average stood at $4.07 a week ago.
911 audio released in the fatal accident of Dwayne Haskins
In audio from multiple 911 calls released Wednesday, Kalabrya Haskins, wife of the late Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, told the operator her husband was stuck at the side of a busy freeway near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and was walking to get gas tomorrow, he died after being hit by a dump truck. Kalabrya Haskins told the operator that she was at home in Pittsburgh and couldn’t reach Haskins on his phone, so she called 911 so officers could check on him. In addition to the audio of the 911 calls, the Florida Highway Patrol released a traffic accident report Wednesday that showed Haskins was hit by a second vehicle after the dump truck. The incident happened on April 9 when Haskins attempted to cross the lanes of oncoming traffic on Interstate 595. He was 24 years old.
Are filters enough to prevent COVID-19 on airplanes?
Weeks before a federal judge’s decision prompted U.S. airlines to drop mask requirements, airline executives argued that masks should no longer be required — in part because air filtration systems on airplanes create “hospital air in the cabin.” Now that masks are optional on every major US airline, experts said the filters, which remove 99% of particles, including viruses, will help keep in-flight transmission low, but not the risk of spreading Eliminate COVID-19 that masks have helped mitigate. Leonard Marcus, director of the Aviation Public Health Initiative at Harvard University, said the air filtration systems were “remarkable” but masks offered an extra layer of protection. That’s especially important when sitting next to an infected passenger or jostling during boarding and disembarking, said Linsey Marr, an aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech. She expects at least some increase in COVID-19 transmission among airline passengers and an increase in illness and absenteeism among flight attendants, which could lead to more flight cancellations.
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