Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
March 5 2010 7:02 AM


In a March 5 "Prescriptions," Timothy Noah double-counted two House votes against health reform. The miscalculation did not affect his conclusion that House Democrats lack the votes to pass the bill.

In a March 3 "Oscars," Grady Hendrix twice misidentified the title of Driving Miss Daisy, first as Driving Mrs. Daisy and later as Driving Ms. Daisy.


In a March 1 "Five-Ring Circus," Charles P. Pierce originally and incorrectly stated that Canada beat Russia in the semifinals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament. Canada beat Russia in the quarterfinals. Pierce also incorrectly stated that the Czech Republic beat Latvia in the quarterfinals. That game was for a berth in the quarterfinals.

In a March 1 "DoubleX," Rachel Lehmann-Haupt said that Michelle Jorgensen, who used a sperm donor, lived in Nederland, Colo. She lives in Sacramento, Calif. Also, Lehmann-Haupt implied that mothers pass mitochondrial DNA only to daughters. They pass it to both daughters and sons. Lehmann-Haupt also wrote that Alice Ruby spearheaded the idea of identity-release donors. It was the Sperm Bank of California that spearheaded the idea in 1983; Ruby joined the bank in 2002. Finally, the article stated that most families are not interested in finding their donors. Bank research shows that 80 percent of donor-conceived children are interested in finding the donors, although only 30 percent of families have come looking for them.

In a March 1 "Signs," Julia Turner misspelled the LIRR's full name—it's Rail Road, not Railroad. She also incorrectly referred to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

In another March 1 "Signs," Julia Turner originally referred to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices as the Manual for Traffic Control Devices. She also incorrectly referred to Northside Drive as Northfield Avenue.


In a March 1 "XX Factor" post, Jessica Grose originally stated that Julia Mancuso's second giant slalom run was not great. It was the third fastest.

In an "Explainer" first published in January 2007, and recycled on March 2, Gabriel Snyder misspelled the name of Ian McLellan Hunter. He also wrote that Robert Rich accepted an Oscar on behalf of Dalton Trumbo in 1957. In fact, that award went unclaimed for a number of years.

In the Feb. 26 "Faith-Based," Steven I. Weiss misspelled Jebusites.

In a Feb. 23 "Green Room," Constance Casey referred to Anguilla as the "species name" of the eel.  It's true that the European eel is Anguilla anguilla, but the American eel is called Anguilla rostrata. Both are of the genus Anguilla.

In a March 23, 2009, "Movies," Dana Stevens stated that The Hurt Locker was based on a book. It was based on a magazine article.

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