Q&A on the News

Q: How is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, answering questions? The first report said he was shot in the throat and it would be a long time before he could respond to questioning. Is he capable of responding verbally?

— Theda Davis, Lilburn

A: Tsarnaev was treated for throat and leg wounds at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Mayor Tom Menino said, "We don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual" less than two days after Tsarnaev was captured on April 19. It was reported that Tsarnaev was able to communicate with interrogators by writing in the days after he was captured, but he stopped answering questions after he was advised of his rights on April 22, according to the Associated Press. Tsarnaev was moved to Federal Medical Center Devens, which is about 40 miles west of Boston, on April 26. Spokesman John Colautti told CNN.com that Tsarnaev has "spoken with staff there about managing his health." FMC Devens is an "administrative facility housing male offenders requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care," according to its website.

Q: What happened to Jennifer Perry after WGST changed its format? She had been there forever.

— Patrick Frossard, Smyrna

A: Perry, who had worked at 640/WGST-AM from 2004 until it was switched to ESPN Deportes, a Hispanic sports talk station, in September, has been the program director at All News 106.7 since late January. She replaced Marshall Adams, who left after five months there.

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).