Well, it's happened for the second time in less than a year. Jim Mullin, editor at the New Times of San Luis Obispo County, has resigned after the paper ran a "Meth Made Easy" story that outraged the community and prompted an apology from the contrite Mullin.
What makes the San Luis Obispo tale so amazing is that it's basically an instant replay of what happened at the Miami New Times (no relation to the SLO New Times) last summer. In August, Mullin announced he was leaving that paper after it published a highly controversial story containing allegations about former Miami Comissioner Arthur Teele's sexual habits headlined "Tales of Teele: Sleaze Stories." Some angry readers blamed that piece for the suicide of Teele, who shot himself just as the story was hitting the streets. That prompted this quasi mea culpa from Mullin before he left that paper.
Memo to prospective publishers thinking about hiring Mullin. He is a risk taker.