Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 10 2003 12:19 PM


In an Oct. 9 "Explainer," Laura Hodes incorrectly implied that Nike's statements of denial that it had mistreated workers were proved to be false, but to date Nike has not been found to have lied about the matter.

In the Oct. 9 "Television" article, Austin Bunn originally wrote that the title character in Joan of Arcadia is from Southern California. In fact, the fictional town of Arcadia is not set in any particular state.

In an Oct. 8 "Supreme Court Dispatch," Dahlia Lithwick erroneously stated that summary judgment is granted where there is no legal issue for trial. In fact summary judgment is appropriate where the court finds no factual issue in dispute.


In an Oct. 6 "Design" article, Jessie Scanlon misidentified Dade as the Florida county where the infamous butterfly ballot was employed in the 2000 presidential election. In fact, the ballot was used in Palm Beach County, not Miami-Dade County.

In an Oct. 6 " Kausfiles" Mickey Kaus originally stated, incorrectly, that a character played by Eddie Murphy was elected to the Senate in the movie The Distinguished Gentleman. In fact, the character was elected to the House of Representatives.

In an Oct. 3 "Foreigners" column about the "lost girls" of Sudan, Tara McKelvey mistakenly referred to the fee paid by a man to the family of his bride as a "dowry." In fact, it is a "bride price." A dowry is paid by the bride's family to her husband.

In the Oct. 2 "Music Box," Elena Passarello originally compared Elvis Costello to Moss Hart. The reference should have been to lyricist Lorenz Hart.

In a Sept. 8 "Jurisprudence" on the USA PATRIOT Act, Dahlia Lithwick and Julia Turner noted that Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh reported to Congress in May that federal investigators had visited libraries approximately 50 times. They neglected to clarify that most of those visits occurred in the course of ordinary criminal investigations and did not rely on the powers granted by Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.

An Aug. 5, "Ballot Box,"by William Saletan and Avi Zenilman originally and incorrectly said that the USA PATRIOT Act passed the Senate unanimously. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., voted against it.

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