Heather “Lyke”-s what she’s doing. Will Pitt fans?

Heather Lyke has not been shy about making changes; she’s dismissed more than a half-dozen coaches in her 17-month tenure as the athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.

As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports, she’s had one goal in mind as she cleared house.

“Having competitive success is a part of that picture. Coaches who come in and make them better, that matters to the kids.

“Most importantly, it’s about the student-athlete experience. When I see that the quality of the student-athlete experience isn’t what it should be or can be, then you start to wonder.”

Most of the coaches who have left since Lyke’s arrival were not winning with enough regularity.

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Explain how a rational American can support a president who…

…seeks to undermine the Western political and military alliance

…curry favors tyrants

…condones racism

…refuses to criticize white nationalists

…hates journalists

…mocks the disabled

…separates families

…ignores overwhelming evidence regarding climate change

…pays people for their silence

…sees no reason to respect women?

I’m waiting for an answer.

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A horrible day in Pakistan: More than 130 dead in election rally bombing

The Associated Press has the details.

In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a suicide bomber killed 128 people, including a politician running for a provincial legislature. Four others died in a strike in Pakistan’s northwest, spreading panic in the country.

The attacks came hours before Sharif returned from London along with his daughter Maryam to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges, anti-corruption officials said. Maryam Sharif faces seven years in jail.

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$1 BILLION. That’s the amount of money being made in the detaining immigrant children industry.

For a moment, let’s not consider the moral cost — in American prestige — that comes with the deliberate decision by the Trump administration to separate families seeking to become U.S. citizens.

Let’s also not consider the future costs — in lawsuits and psychiatric care — that are sure to follow from Trump’s decision.

Instead, let’s focus on the business that is child separation. Its value: almost $1 billion.

The Associated Press has the details.

Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody.

Currently, more than 11,800 children, from a few months old to 17, are housed in nearly 90 facilities in 15 states — Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

They are being held while their parents await immigration proceedings or, if the children arrived unaccompanied, are reviewed for possible asylum themselves.

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Professional soccer team set to strike; players claim they’ve had to pay for their own surgeries

The Independent has the details.

The players are set to issue strike notice to the club next Tuesday as they say there is no prospect of ‘this appalling situation’ being resolved.

In a statement this morning, they said they balloted to strike by an overwhelming majority and will be providing seven days notice of industrial action next week.

They said they have not been paid since May 25 last but rely on their wages to pay their bills, mortgages and other living expenses.

“Coming to this decision last night was one of the hardest of our professional careers and reached with the heaviest of hearts,” they said.

“This is very much a last resort action but we feel we have been left with no choice.

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The answer: India. The question: Which nation is most committed to net neutrality?

The next time someone tells you that the U.S. is the leader in ensuring an open and vibrant Internet, you call that person out for spewing such nonsense. Then you tell him or her to check out what India is doing in this area.

The BBC has the story.

The country’s adoption of the November 2017 recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Association of India (TRAI) comes amid an ongoing global debate on net neutrality.

Last month, the US officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks.

India’s fight for net neutrality began in 2015, says technology analyst Prasanto K Roy.

Telecom operator Airtel was forced to withdraw a plan to charge extra for internet calls, and shut down a platform called Airtel Zero, which allowed customers to access a few mobile applications for free. Some operators call this “toll-free data”, but it’s popularly known as “zero rating”.

Others, including Facebook and Google, were also forced to abandon their zero-rating platforms and deals. The most visible casualty was Facebook’s Free Basics service, which offered Indians free access to a limited number of websites.

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Imagine that! Concerns that WVU’s Gee is not playing fair

Inside Higher Ed has the details.

“We are witnessing — much to our disbelief — an unprecedented hostile takeover of the higher education governing body in West Virginia,” wrote the president of the regional Shepherd University, Mary J. C. Hendrix, in a letter circulated Wednesday. “On July 10, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission installed an interim chancellor who is a West Virginia University partisan and employee, hand-selected by the president of West Virginia University.”

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