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Friday, March 4, 2005; Page A02

A March 3 article about a Food and Drug Administration public health advisory on the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor misstated agency and company recommendations on starting dosages for the drug. The usual starting dose is 10 milligrams, and doctors should consider 5 milligrams for patients requiring less aggressive treatment.

A March 3 Metro article incorrectly identified the Maryland agency that has gone on record in opposition to a bill providing state funding for stem cell research. The agency is the Department of Management and Budget, not the Department of Business and Economic Development.

A Business column March 3 incorrectly stated that more than 50 percent of Americans age 65 and older are driven to bankruptcy by medical debts they cannot pay. It should have said that 50 percent of those older than 65 who file for bankruptcy do so because of medical debts.

A March 2 article on the Supreme Court's decision to abolish the death penalty for offenders younger than 18 misstated the recent decline in capital punishment. The 59 executions in 2004 were the fewest in any year since 1996, not 1976. The 130 death sentences imposed by U.S. courts in 2004 were the fewest in any year since 1976.

A chart March 1 misstated the percentage increase in assessment of an average Loudoun County home since 2004. The increase is 20 percent, not 24 percent.

An article in the Feb. 27 Travel section incorrectly said the airline USA 3000 flies from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to the Bahamas. The airline does not service the Bahamas. The article also said that AirTran flies from BWI to Nassau, Bahamas. It flies to the town of Freeport.

A Feb. 19 article on Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist incorrectly said he had been working mostly from home since Oct. 22, when he underwent a tracheostomy in relation to his thyroid cancer. A court spokeswoman said he had been coming to the Supreme Court to work.

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