Clarifications and corrections

November 17, 2005

An article yesterday should have reported that $181,000 in federal grants returned by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention because of inadequate record-keeping had been received by the state during the 1999-2002 budget years. A state audit that discussed the grants failed to include those dates.

An item in Laura Vozzella's 2B column yesterday did not fully explain the requirements for acquiring a Habitat for Humanity house. The organization requires families to purchase the houses by volunteering time toward construction and paying a no-interest mortgage.

A headline yesterday erroneously identified David L. Gunn as David M. Laney's predecessor as chief executive of Amtrak. Laney is the chairman of Amtrak's board, a position to which he was appointed by President Bush. Gunn, who was hired by Amtrak's board in 2002 as president and chief executive officer, was fired by the board last week. The article also implied that Laney was a pending choice to head the board. He was appointed in 2002.

A headline on Page 1A yesterday contained a usage error, saying, "Senate moves to tighten reigns on wartime policy." The correct word is reins.

An index line on the front of the Maryland section in some editions yesterday referred to an article about a malpractice award that did not appear in the newspaper. The article is included in today's editions.

A headline yesterday about the selection of a new Baltimore health commissioner misspelled the name of Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.

Kenton Glick was incorrectly referred to as female in an article yesterday about the arrest of a Lititz, Pa., teenager on charges of killing his girlfriend's parents.

A timeline Tuesday incorrectly identified the police department that arrested and charged Leeander Jerome Blake and Terrence Tolbert with the murder of Straughan Lee Griffin. Blake and Tolbert were arrested and charged by the Annapolis police.

An article Sunday about the Baltimore County community of Relay's designation as a historic district incorrectly described one resident's involvement. Sheila Muccio, a former chairwoman of Relay's historic district committee, did not live in the community when residents there petitioned for its historic status, but she supports retaining that designation.

The Sun regrets the errors.

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