Mike Trimble, who has been with the A.H. Belo-owned Denton Record-Chronicle for 18 years, was fired after a dispute with publisher Bill Patterson. The Dallas Observer’s Greg Howard hears that the editorial stances taken by the 68-year-old Trimble weren’t conservative enough for the boss. Trimble tells Howard:
When I started, when someone got fired you went back in the storage room and found empty round boxes to put your shit in. Now they have ‘you’ve been laid off’ boxes back there. Brand new, folded up, still have the creases and everything. I guess that’s what they’re for.