Q&A on the News

Q: There was a large oil pipeline leak in North Dakota. I would like to know more about it because there has been little coverage of it in the national media.

—Joel Charles, Cumming

A: An estimated 20,600 barrels of crude oil leaked into 7.3 acres of a wheat field near Tioga, N.D., in September, one of the worst spills in state history. Officials are trying to determine if Tesoro Corp. knew if there were issues with the part of its pipeline that connects Tioga to a rail facility outside of Columbus, near the Canadian border, The Associated Press reported. The company inspected the pipeline on Sept. 10-11 and said it was waiting for the results when the leak was found by farmer Steve Jensen. The spill is the size of seven football fields, the AP reported.

Q: While watching “That 70’s Show,” when the group is in the basement, a poster of a rock band is often seen in the background. On the bottom left side of the poster, there is a picture frame of a guitarist playing a cherry, Gibson SG guitar. Who is the band? They look familiar.

—Donald Varn, Conyers

A: The group on the poster is Paul McCartney and Wings, according to Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com). The band, which also was known as Wings, was formed in 1971, about a year after the Beatles broke up, and existed until 1981. McCartney, wife Linda McCartney and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine formed the core of the group. Hits included "My Love," "Silly Love Songs," "Band on the Run" and "Live and Let Die."

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).