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Q: Why in the Daily Record when someone is arrested for driving under the influence it isn’t listed as an alleged charge as compared to someone arrested for assault then it says alleged?

A: The alleged isn’t in the charge, the alleged is in the action. With OWI, we usually say “John was arrested for operating while intoxicated following a traffic stop” or “following a traffic accident.” No verb. No one is doing anything, apart from getting arrested. With assaults and thefts, etc., we use a verb in the second sentence. “John was arrested for domestic assault. John allegedly hit Jane” or “John was arrested for first-degree theft. John allegedly stole items from Wal-Mart.”

Q: The article in the Oct. 18 about the new home being built by Danielle and Taylor Morris said the public can write messages on the studs, etc. Where is the home located? The article didn’t mention that.

A: The fourth paragraph of the story said the home is “along the Cedar River east of American Martyrs Retreat House off North Union Road.”

Q: How long can you keep outdated canned goods and still be safe eating them?

A: According to ISU Extension & Outreach, you might want to contact the manufacturer of any outdated canned goods. There are differences between canneries on how they label their products with “best by” dates. “Sell by” dates also have expiration dates that may not be clearly labeled. And obviously, toss any cans that are bulging and leaking or that squirt liquid when opened.

Q: Which cola sells the most — Coke or Pepsi?

A: It can be hard to find reliable sales numbers. But it looks as if Coke sells about 2.3 billion gallons of Coca-Cola Classic in the U.S. annually, while Pepsi sells just over half that with 1.2 billion gallons each year.

Q: What is nuclear medicine?

A: According to the National Institutes of Health, “Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive tracers to assess bodily functions and to diagnose and treat disease. Specially designed cameras allow doctors to track the path of these radioactive tracers.”

Q: I saw something on the internet that the FDIC no longer covers bank accounts. Is that true, or a gimmick designed to sell something?

A: Sounds like a gimmick. Here’s what the FDIC says: “FDIC insurance covers all types of deposits received at an insured bank, including deposits in a checking account, negotiable order of withdrawal account, savings account, money market deposit account, time deposit such as a certificate of deposit, or an official item issued by a bank, such as a cashier’s check or money order. FDIC insurance covers depositors’ accounts at each insured bank, dollar-for-dollar, including principal and any accrued interest through the date of the insured bank’s closing, up to the insurance limit.”

Q: In the America’s Cup, are the boats wind-driven or motor-driven?

A: They are all wind-driven.

Q: Is Jenna Bush still on the NBC “Today” show?

A: Yes, she is.

Questions are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.

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