Wednesday, March 24, 2010

-- A March 21 Page One article about the health-care victory's potential costs for Democratic politicians quoted former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) as saying that President Obama and congressional Democrats "will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years" and described that statement as referring to the passage of civil rights legislation under President Johnson. Gingrich said he was referring not to the civil rights legislation but to Johnson overreaching on his management of the economy, the Vietnam War and the cultural divisions that emerged partly because of that war. Gingrich said Johnson erred on civil rights by supporting busing to integrate schools and by failing to take a firmer stance against racial violence in urban areas.

-- A March 21 Outlook article about ethnic and racial categories on the census form, in discussing whether people with origins in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are considered Hispanic, incorrectly referred to the island where those countries are located as Dominica. That island is Hispaniola; Dominica is another island in the West Indies.

-- The Going Our Way column in the March 21 Travel section, suggesting an itinerary for a trip for two to Las Vegas, incorrectly included Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel among the city's hottest dance clubs. Body English closed after New Year's Eve and will reopen after renovation under a different name.

-- An article about the NBA Development League in the March 21 Magazine misspelled the last name of NBA player Rafer Alston, a D-League alumnus who is now with the Miami Heat.

-- A March 14 Outlook review of four books on Mark Twain incorrectly described Ralph Ashcroft, who married Twain secretary Isabel Lyon and allegedly conspired with her to fleece the writer, as a lawyer. Ashcroft, along with Lyon, had power of attorney over Twain's affairs for a time, but he was not a lawyer; he was a businessman.

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