Just months after San Dieguito Printers filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Reader, publisher Jim Holman has filed a cross-complaint against the printer, alleging that it has been profiting off the Reader to the tune of $1 million per year, despite telling Holman its rates were the lowest possible it could charge while still making a minimal profit.

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The Reader's "Typo Patrol" is a contest of sorts for readers to spot typographical errors in the paper; each person gets $10 for each mistake they point out (capped at $300 a year per person). Publisher Jim Holman tells Copyediting.com that they pay out "between $100 and $200" per week to successful typo-catchers. He says there was a little trepidation when the Reader first rolled out the patrol, since it employs professional copyeditors and proofreaders. But Holman says those staffers haven't taken offense. "All of them see it as a challenge," he says, "to make sure there are no typographical errors."

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San Dieguito Printers has filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court alleging that the Reader breached a contract between the two parties when it switched to a new printer at the beginning of this year. The printing company says it signed a 10-year contract to be the Reader's exclusive printer in 2005. The suit names Reader publisher Jim Holman -- both as a person and as a business -- as the defendant, rather than the Reader, as the printing company argues that the paper is being operated as a sole proprietorship.

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The Watchdog Institute, a newly formed investigative-journalism organization based in San Diego, recently published its first investigation, which looked at California's public list of registered sex offenders and mapped out how many in San Diego County currently live within 2,000 feet of a school or park. However, as CityBeat notes, the report -- which found that "more than 70 percent of registered sex offenders in San Diego County are violating a state law by living too close to schools and parks," was based on a flawed interpretation of Jessica's Law, the 2006 referendum that placed lifetime residence restrictions on California's sex offenders. The Watchdog Institute has thus far refused to issue a correction, so CityBeat's Kelly Davis launched a "Watchdog Watch" clock, timing how many days pass before the organization issues a correction.

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