In some Feb. 3 editions, an article about Rep. Richard Hastings (R-Wash.) being named chairman of the House ethics committee incorrectly said he is from Colorado. Hastings is from Pasco, Wash. In all editions, the article incorrectly described Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which calls itself a "progressive legal watchdog group."

A Feb. 3 article incorrectly described the White House proposal to establish personal accounts in the Social Security system. Under the plan, workers who opt to invest in the individual accounts would lose a proportionate share of their guaranteed payment from Social Security plus interest. The White House believes that workers should be able to recoup those lost benefits through their private accounts, as long as their investments realize a return greater than the inflation-adjusted 3 percent that the money would have made if it had stayed in the traditional plan. A more complete explanation of the proposal can be found on Page A9 of today's paper.

A Feb. 3 Style review of President Bush's State of the Union address said that the jewelry of Janet Norwood and Safia al-Souhail became entangled when the two women embraced during the speech. Norwood was holding the dog tags of her deceased son, which briefly became snared with al-Souhail's clothing. In that article and other coverage the name was transliterated as al-Suhail, but she said yesterday that she uses the spelling al-Souhail.

A Feb. 3 KidsPost article incorrectly said that 13-year-old cellist Tim Wang studies at the Levine School of Music. His teacher, Matthew Tifford, is on the school's faculty, but he teaches Tim privately.

A Feb. 2 article on former president Bill Clinton's appointment to head a U.N. post-tsunami reconstruction effort incorrectly said that he will also help try to resolve conflicts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said he erred when he told reporters Clinton would do so.

A Feb. 2 Metro article about Maryland property reassessments incorrectly said that Montgomery County Council President Tom Perez represents the Kemp Mill Estates area of Silver Spring. It is represented by council member Marilyn J. Praisner.

A Feb. 2 Metro article about a competition among Arlington high school students to design county vehicle registration stickers said incorrectly that the county awarded savings bonds to the four finalists. The bonds were from James Monroe Bank.

In some Feb. 2 editions, a Metro column misspelled the last name of the Rev. Anthony Motley.

A photo caption with a Feb. 2 Business article about the debut of the Washington Examiner incorrectly referred to the newspaper as the Express.

A Jan. 31 Metro article incorrectly said that U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) is chairman of the House Government and Oversight Committee's subcommittee on criminal justice, drug policy and human resources. The committee is the Government Reform Committee, and Cummings is the subcommittee's ranking Democrat, not its chairman.

A Dec. 28 Metro article said three teenage girls were stabbed in a fight Oct. 12 at Shaw Junior High School in the District. A D.C. police inspector supplied that information, but neither she nor other police officials could subsequently confirm a stabbing. School officials say that a girl was arrested and that she had a knife but that no one was stabbed.