Q&A on the News

-- Gaylen Roberts, Canton

A: Gary Coleman, a satirical character (played by a female) based on the actor who died of a brain hemorrhage on May 28, continues to be part of the musical. The play has made small changes, such as a line when the character identifies himself as a child star, instead of a former child star, in the opening number, “It Sucks to Be Me,” The New York Times reported.

Q: Where are all the hummingbirds this year? We had many come to our bright red feeder last year, but not one so far.

-- Bill Johnston, Norcross

A: Todd Schneider, a wildlife biologist with the state, tells the Q&A on the News that there doesn’t appear to be a reduction in the hummingbird population this year, but habitats and weather conditions may cause them to be feeding elsewhere if individuals aren’t seeing as many hummingbirds at their feeders. Hummingbirds typically nest through the middle of May or later, so early June is the time when people are going to see them out again. “There was a real shortage of them a couple of weeks ago, too, because they’re on the nest. Now they’re starting to come [to feeders],” he said.

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