[Correction, 4:45 p.m.: Whoops, the handbook for Harvard's freshman expository-writing course, cited above, does state a different penalty for people who commit plagiarism "out of genuine confusion." But the penalty isn't much less severe—probation rather than withdrawal, about which Harvard is obliged to tell any professional or graduate school that asks, as many, apparently, do as a matter of course. Chatterbox remains unclear how Harvard defines "genuine confusion" and whether Goodwin would qualify. For a lengthier disquisition, see Chatterbox's " Fray" posting in response to Frayster GB, who spotted the error.]
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.