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Thrifting Goes Upscale And High-Tech
Corrected on 2010-12-21 00:00:00In the audio version of this story -- and earlier Web text -- we reported that Goodwill Industries nationwide expects to make about $5 million in online sales, The correct number should be "more than $25 million." For Goodwill Industries, that is still a relatively small amount of money, but it represents a growing source of income.
Wall Separates Arabs And Jews In Israeli City
Corrected on 2011-02-08 00:00:00Our story said a requirement of a loyalty oath called for "all new residents [of Israel] to swear allegiance to a Jewish and democratic state." We should have said that all new citizens of Israel must take the loyalty oath.
Crooner Pat Boone Launches All-American Meats
Corrected on 2010-12-13 00:00:00An earlier Web description of this story inaccurately characterized Mercy Corps as "a conservative Christian" organization. Mercy Corps is a non-political and non-religious humanitarian organization.
A Dallas Democrat Rises To New Prominence, Power
Corrected on 2010-12-13 00:00:00An earlier Web version of this story incorrectly said Dallas is the largest city in Texas. Houston is the largest city in Texas.
As Newborn Heart Surgery Improves, Survivors Thrive
Corrected on 2010-12-13 00:00:00An earlier edition of this web story incorrectly stated that in the early days of the Norwood procedure "one in ten babies died." In fact, at the time Jeni had her heart surgery "only one in 10 newborns survived."
Can You Tell Whether A Song Is A Hit If It's Not On The Charts?
Corrected on 2010-12-09 00:00:00An earlier version of this post stated that the Dougie was invented in Los Angeles. According to a member of the group Cali Swag District, it actually began in Dallas.
Senate Blocks 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal
Corrected on 2010-12-10 00:00:00An earlier version of this story incorrectly paraphrased House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as saying Democrats had no choice but to accept the tax package.
Expect More Legal Twists In Battle Over Prop. 8
Corrected on 2010-12-07 00:00:00The audio and a previous Web version of this story incorrectly identified Carl Tobias as a University of Virginia law professor. Tobias teaches at the University of Richmond.
Senate Funds Black Farmers, Native American Settlements
Corrected on 2010-11-24 00:00:00The language used suggested that only Native American farmers were to receive payments from the settlement, when that settlement reaches well beyond farmers. It deals with complaints from 300-thousand individual Native Americans of all backgrounds who said the government mismanaged royalty payments for natural resources mined on tribal lands. Meanwhile, Native American farmers who specifically faced discrimination involving farm loans from 1981 to 1999 reached a separate settlement last month that doesn't require action by Congress, but does still require approval from the courts.
The Dirty Truth About That Other Jersey Shore
Corrected on 2010-11-30 00:00:00We incorrectly attributed an assertion near the end of this piece to the Environmental Protection Agency's John Senn. He did not suggest that the cleanup work "can last decades — or might never be done."
In Which We Don't Quite Get To The Horcrux Of It
Corrected on 2010-11-18 00:00:00The Web version of this review mistakenly described Frances de la Tour as making her first appearance in the Harry Potter franchise with this film. She first appeared in the series' fourth installment.
Cuts To University's Humanities Program Draw Outcry
Corrected on 2010-11-16 00:00:00Earlier versions of this story incorrectly stated that Louisiana State University is closing campuses. To date, Louisiana State has not closed any campuses.
How Corporate Interests Got SB 1070 Passed
Corrected on 2012-02-23 00:00:00Laura Sullivan's use of the phrase "an end run" in the second reference during the live broadcast was imprecise. She did not mean to suggest that CCA violated lobbying law.
Among Benefits For Walmart Workers: A Degree
Corrected on 2010-11-07 00:00:00The initial Web version of this story located American Public University in the wrong West Virginia city. The school is based in Charles Town.
Coats Vows To Push For Repeal Of Health Law
Corrected on 2010-11-05 00:00:00The audio for this story incorrectly identifies the years Dan Coats previously served in the Senate. He served from 1989 to 1999.
Profitable Again, GM Returns To Using Private Planes
Corrected on 2010-11-04 00:00:00An earlier version of this story suggested that GM required government approval to resume use of private planes. That was incorrect.
The Best Of Apple Records' Albums: Beyond The Beatles
Corrected on 2010-11-05 00:00:00The audio and a previous Web version of this story inaccurately stated that Ringo Starr's brother introduced him to the music of composer John Tavener. It was Tavener's brother Roger, working as a master builder on Ringo's house, who introduced the Beatles' drummer to Tavener's music. Ringo Starr was an only child. In addition, Ringo starred in the film "Candy," not "The Magic Christian," as originally stated.
Delta Employees To Vote On Unionizing
Corrected on 2010-11-02 00:00:00A previous Web version of this story incorrectly said that Southwest Airlines is non-unionized. In fact, the airline is approximately 83 percent unionized.
Bumgarner Leads Giants Into Game 5
Corrected on 2010-11-01 00:00:00We incorrectly reported the score of Game 3 of the World Series. The correct score was Texas Rangers 4, San Francisco Giants 2.
Shaping State Laws With Little Scrutiny
Corrected on 2015-05-11 00:00:00
As we reported, Arizona Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce was the originator of the draft legislation that later became the immigration law known as Arizona SB 1070. Although Corrections Corporation of America did have a representative at the American Legislative Exchange Council meeting where model legislation similar to 1070 was drafted, we didn't mean to suggest that CCA wrote the language.
Candidates Take Aim At Climate Bill To Win Votes
Corrected on 2010-11-02 00:00:00The audio and a previous Web version of this story incorrectly identified Anthony Leiserowitz as a professor at Yale University. Leiserowitz is a research scientist and director of the Yale Project on Climate Change.
Prison Economics Helped Drive Immigration Law
Corrected on 2012-02-22 00:00:00
As we reported, Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce was the originator of the draft legislation that later became Arizona SB 1070. This story did not mean to suggest that the Corrections Corporation of America was the catalyst behind the law or that it took a corporate position in favor of the legislation.
In our 2010 broadcast piece we said: "Last December Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce sat in a hotel conference room with representatives from the Corrections Corporation of America and several dozen others. Together they drafted model legislation that was introduced into the Arizona Legislature two months later, almost word for word."
Although CCA did have a representative at the ALEC meeting where model legislation similar to 1070 was drafted, we didn't mean to suggest that CCA wrote the language.
Nov. 18, 2011 — In the introduction to the radio version of this story, we said that the legislation that became the Arizona immigration law (SB 1070) was drafted at a meeting of the American Legislative Council, or ALEC. The introduction should have made a clearer distinction between drafting the Arizona bill and ALEC's role in turning it into "model" legislation to be submitted in states across the country.
New Rules Fuel Push For Hybrid Big Rigs
Corrected on 2010-10-27 00:00:00We mistakenly reported that John Boesel, the CEO of Calstart, said that it can be twice as costly for companies to buy a hybrid truck. According to Boesel, most hybrid trucks are 30 percent to 50 percent more expensive than standard trucks. Other sources said that some hybrid trucks are twice as expensive.
Legalized Pot's Unlikely Supporters: Moms, Cops
Corrected on 2010-10-29 00:00:00An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Chris Wilson as Dragonfly de la Luz's boyfriend. He is her friend.
For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan, Peril On Pakistan Border
Corrected on 2010-11-15 00:00:00The earlier web version of this story incorrectly referred to the Medal of Honor as the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Rand Paul's Christianity Questioned By Jack Conway
Corrected on 2010-10-18 00:00:00The post initially indicated both candidates refused to shake hands at the end of their debate Sunday. But the Associated Press reports it was Dr. Rand Paul who walked past Jack Conway without offering a handshake or making eye contact.
Barbara Billingsley, Beaver's TV Mom, Dies At 94
Corrected on 2010-10-16 00:00:00An earlier version of this story stated Barbara Billingsley was born in 1922. She was born in 1915.
James Franco Doesn't Limit Himself To Just Acting
Corrected on 2010-10-15 00:00:00We mistakenly reported that the television series Freaks and Geeks was distributed by Fox. Freaks and Geeks was distributed by NBC.
Making LED Lights Beautiful
Corrected on 2010-10-14 00:00:00This piece incorrectly stated that Phillips would be the first in market with 60-watt equivalent LED bulbs. Some companies are already ahead of them. Eco-Smart, for example, already produces a stronger 75 watt bulb available for purchase at Home Depot.
Testimony Begins In Fort Hood Shooting
Corrected on 2010-10-15 00:00:00We mistakenly reported that Fort Hood shooting victim Michael G. Cahill was a doctor. Cahill was a physician assistant.
Remembering 'La Stupenda': Opera Singer Joan Sutherland
Corrected on 2010-10-14 00:00:00The audio and a previous Web version of this story inaccurately stated that Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne first performed together in a concert version of Rossini’s Semiramide. Sutherland and Horne first performed together in Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, about a year before they appeared together in Semiramide.
In The Missouri Senate Race, Who's The Insider?
Corrected on 2010-10-12 00:00:00In early on-air versions, we said GOP Senate candidate Roy Blunt had once been the governor of Missouri. He was not; he ran once and lost in the primary. It was Blunt’s son, Matt, who was once Missouri’s governor.
Coming Out From Life Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Corrected on 2010-10-08 00:00:00The audio version of this story incorrectly identified Anthony Woods’ rank in the U.S. Army as major. Woods was a captain.
In West Virginia, Democrat Faces Surprising Battle
Corrected on 2010-10-05 00:00:00The audio version of this story (and earlier text versions) incorrectly identified the home county of Parkersburg, which is in Wood County.
More American Households 'Doubling Up' Amid Hard Times
Corrected on 2011-04-12 00:00:00The guest for this report (Tondalah Stroud) was obtained from an original report written by Aisha I. Jefferson for Black Enterprise magazine.
The Man Behind KITT And The Batmobile
Corrected on 2010-09-30 00:00:00We credited guest George Barris with creating the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Barris did not create that vehicle.
'Poisoning The Press' Recounts Nixon-Anderson Feud
Corrected on 2010-09-29 00:00:00This story initially gave an incorrect date for President Nixon's resignation. He resigned in August 1974.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock Legend Keeps Rolling
Corrected on 2010-10-01 00:00:00The audio version of this story incorrectly stated that Million Dollar Quartet, which took place in 1956, happened 44 years ago. We made an arithmetic error; it was 54 years ago.
A Lesson In Contrasts: Barack Obama And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Address The U.N.
Corrected on 2010-09-27 00:00:00This blog post was erroneously based in part on a transcript from the Iranian president's speech from 2009.
Mitt Romney Could Be The Hillary Clinton Of 2012
Corrected on 2010-09-20 00:00:00An earlier version of this article suggested that Sarah Palin apppeared at the Values Voter's Summit. She did not.
Indian Conglomerate Could Buy MGM
Corrected on 2010-09-20 00:00:00We incorrectly reported on the air and previously on our website that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced Gone with the Wind. The movie was produced by Selznick International Pictures, in association with MGM.
New College Teaches Young American Muslims
Corrected on 2010-09-10 00:00:00The audio and an earlier Web version of this story contained some incorrect information. Jamye Ford had told NPR that he was 24 years old, entered Columbia University at 16 and graduated with a double major in neuroscience and history. NPR has since learned that Ford is actually 32 years old, entered Columbia at 18 and graduated with a degree in history.
Safer For Your Soul, But Is Kosher Healthier, Too?
Corrected on 2010-09-05 00:00:00An earlier version of this story implied all "Kosher-for-Passover" foods are gluten-free, which is incorrect. Many are, but some are not.
Wyoming Mining Hopes Rise With Gold Prices
Corrected on 2010-09-07 00:00:00The radio introduction to this report incorrectly said that the price of gold more than tripled in the past decade. The price of gold more than quadrupled in that period.
Week In News: Troop Drawdown, Midterms
Corrected on 2010-09-04 00:00:00This story incorrectly stated that Al Gore went to North Korea recently to get two American prisoners freed. Gore offered to go, but it was Bill Clinton who actually made the trip.
St. Petersburg: A Glimpse Of What Russia Is Not
Corrected on 2010-08-26 00:00:00An earlier Web version of this story incorrectly stated that the Soviet government moved the capital from St. Petersburg to Moscow in the 18th century.
Harvard Prof Top Pick To Lead Consumer Bureau
Corrected on 2010-08-26 00:00:00Earlier versions of this story identified Elizabeth Warren as a former dean of the Harvard Law School. This is incorrect. She is a professor.
Iraq, Economy To Play Small Roles In Next Primaries
Corrected on 2010-08-23 00:00:00We incorrectly identified the Republican running for U.S. Senate from Florida. His name is Marco Rubio.
Karzai To Ban Afghan Private Security Firms
Corrected on 2010-08-17 00:00:00A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the firm Compass Security was suspended from its operations escorting convoys between Kabul and Kandahar because of bribery allegations. The temporary suspension resulted from an insurgent attack involving civilian deaths. Compass Security's operations were reinstated after about two weeks, and the Afghan government's investigation of the incident is ongoing. The previous version also incorrectly stated that Ahmad Wali Karzai has interests in two security firms, Watan Rick Management and Asia Security Group. An attorney for Karzai, in a letter to NPR, says there is no evidence that Karzai has any ownership interests in either firm or any other private security businesses in Afghanistan.
Report: Too Much Money Going To State Court Races
Corrected on 2010-08-18 00:00:00An initial version of this story misspelled Jim Buchen's name. Also, the last line of the story has been edited to reflect the fact that a justice's term is expiring. We incorrectly suggested that the justice is retiring.
U.S. Pushes Palestinians On Direct Talks With Israelis
Corrected on 2010-08-18 00:00:00The headline was revised to reflect the article's emphasis on the Palestinian position on direct talks with the Israeli government.
With A Life-Saving Medicine In Short Supply, Patients Want Patent Broken
Corrected on 2010-08-04 00:00:00The initial version of this post misstated the relationship of two of the petitioners. Anita Bova is Anita Hochendoner's daughter -- not her mother.
Amid Mexico's Drug War, A Rush For Bulletproof Cars
Corrected on 2017-07-11 00:00:00
A previous version of this story misspelled Johnathan Nader's first name as Jonathan.
Meet The 'Real Housewives' Of Washington, Not D.C.
Corrected on 2010-08-04 00:00:00We referred to the first season of "Real Housewives of Washington DC" as falling short, with nine episodes instead of the expected 13. That is an inaccurate characterization. While later seasons of the "Real Housewives" franchise do have 13 or more episodes, the first usually has no more than nine.
For Democrats, Ethics Cases Add To Woes
Corrected on 2010-08-05 00:00:00A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the party affiliation of Rep. Peter Visclosky, an Indiana Democrat.
Feds Peel Back Chrome On Motorcycle Gangs
Corrected on 2010-07-29 00:00:00The audio version of this story confused the name of the fictional biker gang with the name of the lead character on the FX television show Sons of Anarchy. SAMCO is the acronym for the biker group; Clarence "Clay" Morrow is its leader.
Updated: NPR's Two-Ways: A Practice That Should Be Reconsidered
Corrected on 2019-01-11 00:00:00
A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
GOP Pushes For More Votes Against Kagan
Corrected on 2010-07-21 00:00:00The audio version of this story quotes Charles Fried of the Harvard Law School talking about voters on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The original text version paraphrased this as a reference to Jewish voters. Fried says he was referring to Upper West Side residents in general and not to Jewish voters in particular.
Health Law Sparks Abortion Fight In Pennsylvania
Corrected on 2010-07-14 00:00:00The initial version of this post incorrectly called Faith in Public Life blog abortion-rights leaning. It is actually is neutral on abortion.
Cholodenko's 'Kids' Flick: More Than Just All Right
Corrected on 2010-07-12 00:00:00In the original radio broadcast, our critic David Edelstein misstated the name of the actress who appeared in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Her name is Katharine Houghton, not Katherine Ross.
A Very Scary Light Show: Exploding H-Bombs In Space
Corrected on 2010-07-14 00:00:00In the audio and video versions of this story, it was incorrectly stated that the Starfish Prime bomb was 1,000 times bigger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Starfish Prime was 100 times bigger than the Hiroshima bomb.
Baby Crabs In Gulf Spill Zone Tainted By Oil
Corrected on 2010-07-14 00:00:00This post previously stated that one-third of the Gulf’s waters were closed to fishing. Actually, one-third of federally controlled waters in the Gulf are closed to fishing. State water, such as that nearest coastlines, and international waters do not fall under federal jurisdiction and were not counted.
How Will The Gulf Oil Spill Affect Human Health?
Corrected on 2010-06-23 00:00:00The audio version of this story, as well as an earlier Web version, said oil toxins can cause mutations in mice that pass from one generation to another. The mutations in question were not caused by oil toxins, but by toxins from a different source.
Israel And Gaza: A Crack In The Stalemate
Corrected on 2010-06-23 00:00:00Our guest misstated the year of Hamas' election victory. The elections were held in January 2006, not June 2007.
Scott Turow: Feeling 'The Power And The Glory'
Corrected on 2014-10-28 00:00:00
A previous Web version of this story was incorrectly attached to an excerpt from The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke instead of the correct excerpt from Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory.