Mar 7, 2012 10:33 PM by John Reger

Good Question: What's a Known Gang Member? Do Birds All Face the Same Direction When They Flock to a Wire

Gang members and birds on a wire are the subjects of Good Question tonight. The first question is about a term you hear on the news when law enforcement fights the gang problem.

David from Santa Maria asks: Police will say that someone is a "known gang member." What determines whether someone is a known gang member? Good Question.

Law enforcement uses two ways. One is if someone is convicted in court of a crime but also found guilty of doing it for the furtherance or benefit of a gang. Prosecutors will tag on a charge of gang enhancement to the crime and it will go on the offender's record. The second way is if the person admits to being in a gang. Commander Brian Hascall of the SLO County Sheriff's Department says that, if asked, most gang members do not deny being in a gang.

Rita Shaw from Santa Maria wants to know: Why do all the birds sit facing the sun when they flock to a wire? Many birders believe birds absorb the sun's heat better in the fat and muscle of their chests, and if they faced the other way the heat wouldn't penetrate their wings. But the curator of birds at Cal Poly says the birds don't even always face the sun. Francis Villablanca says a flock usually flys in from one direction and ends up facing the other direction after landing, whether or not that's facing the sun.

I know you have a lot more questions so send them to good question at ksby.com or, better yet, friend me at facebook.com/JohnRegerKsbyNews. The only bad question is the one you don't ask.



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