Q&A on the News

Q: With the tragic death of Donald Rembert just months before his retirement, will his wife receive any of his retirement benefits or other benefits from the city?

—Alonzo M. Wilkins III, Fayetteville

A: Rembert, a 29-year City of Atlanta employee who was killed when a tree fell on him March 14, wasn’t married, a city spokeswoman told Q&A on the News in an email.

He was months away from retirement.

The city’s pension plan states: “When any person covered by the provisions of this act shall die as a result of injuries incurred in the line of duty, the compensation to which he would have been entitled shall be continued for two (2) year(s) and paid to the primary beneficiary designated by such officer or employee.”

Also: “A primary or secondary beneficiary is eligible to receive ¾ of the pension benefit that a deceased employee would have been entitled to at the time of his or her death for the life of the primary beneficiary.”

Q: I recently read an AJC article on the Harlem Globetrotters that mentioned a player who lives in Atlanta. He had the opportunity to play in his hometown last year, but to do so, he had to switch teams. How many teams do the Harlem Globetrotters have touring?

—Margo Griffith, Suwanee

A: The Harlem Globetrotters have 30 players under contract and can have up to three teams on the road at one time, Brett Meister, the senior vice president of communications, told Q&A on the News.

There are two Harlem Globetrotter teams currently touring North America and one team in Europe, Meister said.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column. Do you have a question? 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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