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Idaho Fires Football Coach Akey

Item: Idaho coach fired, Gesser takes over/Josh Wright, SR

Here’s a bet: Robb Akey comes down to the breakfast table this morning, looks at a family trying to hide its heartbreak and booms out the question he asks every room he enters: “HOW WE ALL DOIN’?” If only a life lived in capital letters could have repeated the “W” more often. Those rooms where Akey bowed the walls with his relentless spirit did not go concave with the air being sucked out in surprise when the University of Idaho sent out a feeble email notice Sunday afternoon that he’d been fired as head football coach. His record – 20-50 – was leaden. His relationship with athletic director Rob Spear was fractious. The support of Idaho’s constituency was indifferent. Oh, wait. That last part’s true no matter who happens to be the coach/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Robb Akey's firing?

MLK Bomb Finders Fired For Troubles

The three men who were hailed as heroes by Spokane’s mayor and police chief for finding a bomb and reporting it to police say they lost their jobs for their actions that day. The three men were employed by Labor Ready and working under contract for the Spokane Public Facilities District on Jan. 17, when they came upon a backpack and discovered the bomb that was placed along the route of the annual march commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. The names of the men had been withheld since the incident even as high-profile leaders labeled them heroes. Kevin Twohig, CEO of the district, said they didn’t want to disclose their names until a bomber had been arrested to protect their safety. Twohig released the names on Thursday. They are Mark Steiner, Brandon Klaus and Sherman Welpton/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here.

Question: What would you like to say to the guy(s) who fired these three heroes?

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