A Jan. 28 article on Afghan leader Hamid Karzai's visit to Washington incorrectly stated when Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan. It was in 1989.

The Literary Calendar in the Jan. 27 Book World incorrectly reported what day the African-American Writer's Night would be held. It is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 703-838-4356 for more information.

The date of the HoCoPoLitSo Irish Evening was incorrectly listed in the Literary Calendar in the Jan. 27 Book World. The date is Friday, Feb. 8. Call 301-596-6183 for details.

A Jan. 23 Business article misstated Freddie Mac's per-share earnings for the fourth quarter of 2000. The company earned 89 cents a share. The article also did not adequately define the company's total mortgage portfolio. Freddie Mac's retained mortgage portfolio -- those mortgages that it owned and not those that it has securitized or sold -- was $492 billion as of Dec. 31. Its total mortgage portfolio was $1.14 billion.

An article on the movie "Black Hawk Down" in the Jan. 13 Arts section incorrectly stated that Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann is retired. He is a sergeant first class on active duty at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.


A statement in a Jan. 23 Metro article that Oyster Elementary School is the District's only public bilingual elementary school did not include the city's charter schools. At least two D.C. charter schools have bilingual programs.