In a May 18 "Culturebox," in discussing the new Star Wars movie, Adam Rogers incorrectly identified Padmé Amidala as planet Naboo's elected representative in the galactic Senate. Actually, she was appointed.
In a May 15 "Today's Papers," David Sarno originally and incorrectly stated that land in a northern Virginia community known as the Settlement is now worth as much as $300,000 per acre, "two hundred and thirty years" after freed slaves established a community there. In fact, it's been 140 years since the freed slaves started renting the land.
In a May 13 "Moneybox," Daniel Gross misidentified Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner as a University of Chicago economist. In fact, Dubner is a journalist.
In the May 13 "War Stories," Phillip Carter mistakenly stated that the Naval Submarine Base New London is in New London, Conn. In fact, it is in Groton, Conn.
In a May 10 "Medical Examiner," Joshua Foer incorrectly stated that the lap times of Stanford varsity swimmers who were given amphetamines improved by 4 percent. The source of that statistic is a Web page by Dr. Lawrence Diller of the University of California, San Francisco, that misinterprets the findings of a 1959 study. The study found that the speeds of Boston-area college swimmers improved only by a mean of 1.16 percent, a statistically insignificant figure. It also found that collegiate shot-putters were able to throw 4.6 percent farther on amphetamines.