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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Sept. 26, 2008, obituary of Mickey Vernon mistakenly called Max Patkin the "Crown Prince" of baseball. He was known as baseball's "Clown Prince."

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The June 29, 2008, obituary for dance teacher Yelena Vinogradova incorrectly reported that the city of Novosibirsk is west of Moscow. It is east of the Russian capital city.

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The Feb. 27, 2008, obituary of retired Israeli major general Dan Shomron gave an inaccurate name for the Egyptian military force he faced during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. It was the Egyptian Third Army, not the 3rd Armored Division.

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The Jan. 10, 2008, obituary for former CIA agent Philip Agee should have said that Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was toppled by a coup and executed in 1983, not that he was deposed by U.S. forces.


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