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A Sept. 30 article said that a federal judge in New York found a key component of the USA Patriot Act unconstitutional. At issue in the case was the Justice Department's use of "national security letters," a type of administrative subpoena that allows federal agents to demand records from businesses and prohibits the companies from revealing that the demands were made. While the Patriot Act loosened restrictions on the use of the letters, most of U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero's ruling focused on earlier statutes governing the letters.

The headline on a Sept. 30 article incorrectly indicated that the American Bar Association cited Thomas B. Griffith's gaps in law licensing when it gave him its lowest possible passing grade for judicial nominees. The ABA ratings are issued without comment. Griffith, President Bush's choice for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, failed to obtain a law license in Utah or renew his D.C. law license during parts of the past six years.

A photo of Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Fairmount Heights Town Council member Daisy M. Capers in the Sept. 30 Metro section had an incorrect caption. The caption indicated that Steele and Capers were in Forest Heights in Prince George's County for a news conference about Guns Aside, a new grass-roots campaign to curb gun violence. They were in Forest Heights for Steele's announcement that the county had won a grant to fund anti-drug activities.

An item in the Sept. 30 Southern Maryland Extra contained incorrect dates and times for an art exhibit. The artists' reception for "Color, Line and Texture," a new exhibit of the works of Ann Crain and Rosemary Bailey, will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the North End Gallery at 41652 Fenwick St. in Leonardtown. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31 during regular gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

A Sept. 29 Sports article and an accompanying graphic incorrectly said that the Washington Redskins called a timeout after the referees reviewed a challenge by the Dallas Cowboys of a reception by Laveranues Coles. The Redskins called the timeout before Dallas challenged the reception.

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