In a July 11 column on pirate movies, Bryan Curtis incorrectly asserted that Muppet Treasure Island was the last theatrical feature the Muppets starred in. In fact, it was their second-to-last feature.
In the July 11 "Today's Papers" column, Holly Bailey reported that 32 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since May 1. In fact, 32 GIs have been killed by hostile fire since May 1; more than 40 others have died in non-hostile circumstances.
In a July 3 article on celebrity dating, David Plotz incorrectly referred to a New York club named Bungalow 61. This conflated two ultra-trendy New York bars owned by the same person, Bungalow 8 and Lot 61.
In a July 2 "Chatterbox" column citing reasons why members of Congress have come to rank below lobbyists in status, Timothy Noah incorrectly stated that there is no term limit on committee chairmanships in the Senate, as there is in the House. In fact, the Senate Republican Conference does impose on Republicans a six-year term limit. Senate Democrats, however, may hold chairmanships as long as their party controls the Senate, provided the arrangement meets with the approval of committee members and the Senate leadership.
In his Friday, June 27 "Breakfast Table" entry, Walter Dellinger hypothesized about what would have happened if Sandra Day O'Connor had run against Bruce Babbitt in Arizona's 1978 gubernatorial election: "Had she run and won, she would have been the first woman ever elected governor of any American state." The sentence should have read: "Had she run and won, she would have been one of the first women ever to be elected governor of an American state in her own right." Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor of Wyoming in 1924, Miriam "Ma" Ferguson was elected governor of Texas in 1925, and Lurleen Wallace was elected governor of Alabama in 1966. These women were understood to be political extensions of their husbands (although Ross' husband had died), but Ella Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut in her own right in 1974.
In her "Diary" entry of June 16, Silvana Paternostro incorrectly states that Versailles, a fast-food stand at the Miami Airport, started out in Hialeah, Fla. The landmark Cuban restaurant, which operates this stand, has always been located at S.W. 8th Street in Miami. In the same entry, Paternostro also stated that La Carreta, a restaurant chain in Miami, was Nicaraguan and that it was started after the Nicaraguan revolution. La Carreta is actually a Miami chain of Cuban restaurants.