December 24, 2005

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A column by Michael Olesker in the Dec. 12 editions on political consultant Bo Harmon failed to include attribution for a short passage on former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland.

The passage -- "On one of his first trips out, an old girlfriend pushed his wheelchair around Washington. Near the White House, the wheelchair hit a curb. Cleland pitched forward and fell out, flopping around in dirt and cigarette butts in a gutter" -- should have been credited to a 2003 article in the Washington Post.

Mr. Olesker took notes from that 2003 article and other sources in preparation for an April 2004 interview with Mr. Cleland and a column he wrote at the time. Twenty months later, when Mr. Olesker was preparing to write the Dec. 12 column on Mr. Harmon, he returned to that notebook and confused the research notes with notes from the interview.

A holiday closing schedule published in yesterday's Maryland section contained incorrect information for several Baltimore attractions. Open on Monday are: the B&O Railroad Museum, the Walters Art Gallery, Port Discovery, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Because of incorrect information supplied by the Frederick County state's attorney's office, an Associated Press article in yesterday's editions about a teacher charged with leaving threatening notes for students reported that the teacher was fired in mid-November. The teacher was placed on unpaid leave at that time, according to county school officials.

Cardiac Surgery Associates was started by former Johns Hopkins doctors but there is no longer an association between the surgical practice and Hopkins. An article in Thursday's business section was not clear on the latter point.

The Sun regrets the errors.

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