Q&A on the news

Q: Who is allowed to properly dispose of state and United States flags?

— J. Maddox, Jackson

A: The laws don’t specify who can dispose of the flags. The U.S. code says: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” The state flag should be disposed of in an appropriate manner within the same criteria as the U.S. flag, said Charlene Anderson, protocol officer for the Georgia National Guard. She said organizations such as the VFW and the American Legion conduct disposals of flags, and state officials say the Boy Scouts of America also is available to dispose of a flag in a respectful manner.

Q: Several weeks ago, we came across a TV show that centered around a search for long-lost family members, and subsequently the reunification of these family members. We thought the show was appealing and challenging. Then, all of a sudden, the show was no more — at least in Atlanta. Can you tell us what happened?

— Roy Goolsby, Rome

A: The show, “Find My Family,” which premiered on ABC in late November and ran new episodes in December, showed the search and reunions of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who had lost touch. Lisa Scalzo with ABC Media Relations said that although the show hasn’t been canceled, an air date for 2010 has not yet been set.

Lori Johnston wrote this column. Call 404-222-2002 or e-mail q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).