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My apologies to Jeannine Hill

Her name is misspelled in today's Slice column.

Also, I promised her I would use the name of one of her daughters. And that name is nowhere to be found in today's column.

I am out of the office and don't have her phone number, so I cannot call and express my regret.

The name misspelling was discovered last week. But apparently there was a breakdown in the usual protocols for making a fix. Same for my attempt to add the daughter's name.

I'm sorry.

This is why you don’t talk about no-hitter

The SR newsroom had a modest celebration Thursday to note a recent stretch of exemplary accuracy.

So naturally, in the next day's paper, my column spelled someone's name wrong.

(Insert bad word here.)

I did not learn about it until this morning. It's going to be my first correction since 2010, if memory serves.

Still. (Insert even worse word here.)

People don’t really want to hear it

Someone I visited had a copy of a 2011 novel by a writing teacher who lived in Spokane 20 years ago.

Seeing it reminded me of time I spent with her while working on a feature story. This was just before she achieved national prominence.

She was perfectly pleasant and it was a fine reporting experience. She was quite gracious. But there was this one tiny moment of tension.

I was paging through some voluminous appendix to her CV and noticed a reference to a review of her work in the Cleveland newspaper. But instead of “The Plain Dealer,” it incorrectly said “The Plains Dealer.”

I pointed this out. She would want to know, right?

Not really. At least she didn't seem to appreciate hearing it from me.

Perhaps she simply assumed I didn't know what I was talking about. That happens to me a lot.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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