Prostitution (Charleston Gazette):

Tammy Melton-Orders, 38, of Charleston, is not the Tammy Melton, 37, of Charleston, listed in Friday’s Charleston Gazette among those arrested for prostitution.

Murder (Lexington Herald-Leader):

Courtney Rae Bishop, 32, a psychologist for the Fayette County Public Schools at Millcreek and Athens-Chilesburg elementaries, is not the same as Courtney Diane Brundige Bishop, 24, who is charged with murder in the death of her infant son, Caleb Eli Bishop.

Or being a lingerie model (Orlando Sentinel):

A Weekend Watchdog item on Page D2 of Friday’s Sports section incorrectly stated that Fox Sports Net reporter Charissa Thompson is also a lingerie model. The model named Charissa Thompson is a different person.

Of course, you don’t see papers issuing corrections when someone shares a name with an award or lottery winner. On those occasions, people are happy to bask in the glow of shared name fame.

Correction of the Week

“Erroneous information appeared in an article about condom safety in Sunday’s Sun. A quote from Dr. Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale should have said people must ensure there is no air in the tip of the condom. Air pockets contribute to breakage and slippage.” – Ottawa Sun

Sources of Error

“AN article published under the headline `Guards take bribes’, on page 4 of yesterday’s Townsville Bulletin incorrectly identified Iain Miller as Turnell Security Services operations manager.

“Mr Miller has no ties to Turnell Security Services.

“The Townsville Bulletin apologises to Mr Miller and Turnell Security Services for the error.

“The story also quoted Liquor Licensing executive director Chris Watters.

“Mr Watters no longer works for this office” – Townsville Bulletin (Australia)

Parting Shot

“In a story posted March 5 on The Hook, The Tyee reported that B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elliott Myers described a defence argument in a lawsuit involving a parody issue of The Vancouver Sun as, “with respect, inept.”

“The story was based on oral reasons for judgement delivered in chambers by Justice Myers.

“A written version of those reasons made public today shows that, in fact, Justice Myers said the argument was, ‘with respect, inapt.’

“The full text of the reasons can be found on the B.C. Supreme Court website.” – TheTyee.ca (Canada)

Craig Silverman is the editor of RegretTheError.com and the author of Regret The Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech. He is also the editorial director of OpenFile.ca and a columnist for the Toronto Star.