Q: How many of the Chinese female gymnasts later discovered to be too young for the Olympic Games are competing in London?
— Jim Rhinehardt, Atlanta
A: The International Gymnastics Federation found that all members of the 2008 Chinese women’s gymnastics team met age requirements. In 2010, however, Dong Fangxiao was found to have been too young to have participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The federation stripped the Chinese team of its bronze medal and awarded it to the U.S., which had finished fourth. Gymnasts must turn 16 during an Olympic year to compete.
Q: Barack Obama lamented the loss of his BlackBerry when assuming office, and there was a mention in the media that he could retain it, albeit with special modifications for security and for the ability to memorialize his communications. Did he keep a BlackBerry or other mobile device?
— Garry Siegel, Marietta, Ga.
A: The president kept a BlackBerry after his 2009 inauguration. But a spokesman said he would be allowed to communicate only with senior staff and several personal friends with a BlackBerry with enhanced security. Only a select group had Obama’s email address, and the president’s emails can’t be forwarded.
Obama was still using a BlackBerry in April, although iPhones are becoming more popular on Capitol Hill.