Q&A on the News

Q: I recall several post office employees in Atlanta were caught pilfering mail and cashing checks. They were still being rounded up. Because I experienced non-delivery of several checks sent from the Northeast about six weeks ago, I wonder if there might be a connection. How is that investigation proceeding?

— Elmer K. Miller, Cumming

A: Prosecutors said that mail-theft ring was “successfully dismantled” in February, when two former postal workers and an accomplice pleaded guilty to stealing more than $3.5 million in federal tax refund and government benefits checks over a four-year period. Gerald Eason of Stockbridge and Deborah Fambro-Echols of Hapeville stole thousands of U.S. Treasury checks while working at the U.S. Postal Service’s Atlanta Processing and Distribution Center, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Eason, Fambro-Echols and four others were sentenced to various prison terms in connection with the scheme.

Q: Why was the new series “Vegas” canceled by CBS? Do you know if it will be picked up by another network?

— Bob Strong, McDonough

A: “Vegas,” which starred Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, was canceled after one season because of poor ratings, according to TV Guide. Analysts gave it little chance to be renewed when it was moved from Tuesday to Friday nights in April and CBS canceled it in May. “Thanks to all the fans that supported ‘Vegas,’ as well as the cast, crew, writers, network and studio. A tremendous amount of talent and class,” Chiklis tweeted after the show was canceled. Changing networks is rare. One report stated only 4 percent of shows between 1999-2000 and 2011-12 seasons moved to other networks and there hasn’t been published talk about “Vegas” being picked up by another one.

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).

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