Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
May 9 2008 4:58 PM


In the May 8 "Deathwatch," Christopher Beam misspelled Rep. Heath Shuler's name.

In the May 8 "Explainer," Chris Wilson used the word shirking to mean "shedding."


In a May 7 "Trailhead," blog entry Christopher Beam misspelled Mika Brzezinski's name.

In the May 6 "Explainer," Juliet Lapidos originally asked who owns a suicide note but went on to answer a slightly different question about the rights to disseminate the contents of such a note. Technically, the note (and copyright to its contents) belongs to Deborah Palfrey or to her estate. So if her mother inherited her estate, then her mother owns the note. But the sheriff or medical examiner's office has initial, de facto control over the dissemination of the note.

In the May 6 "Hot Document," Bonnie Goldstein misidentified Richard Loving as Thomas.

In the May 6 "Medical Examiner," Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer correctly stated that the radio show The Infinite Mind runs on NPR. Slate, however, posted a correction stating that this fact was wrong. We now understand from NPR's ombudsman, Alicia Shepherd, that NPR has a contractual relationship with The Infinite Mind to run the show on two Sirius channels. The show also runs on NPR member stations.

In a May 5 "Convictions" blog entry, Richard Ford misspelled the title of the movie Gattaca.

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