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Breaking News: Mark Gray, host of the Sports Groove on WOL, says that he’ll have Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post on his show tonight at 8:04 p.m.

Gray and guests have spent much of the week tearing into Shapiro for a column he wrote about Sean Taylor’s death. The highlight of the tearing-intoage being Washington Times basketball writer John Mitchell reaming Shapiro as both a “racist, conniving skunk” and a “racist, conniving dog of a skunk.”

Shapiro says this morning via email that Mitchell’s editor at the Times sports section has “apologized profusely” for the WOL outburst and told him that they are “contemplating some sort of disciplinary action against Mitchell.”

“I told [the Times] I really didn’t want [Mitchell] fired or even suspended,” Shapiro says, “but he at least owes me a phone call.”

Tonight, on the same airwaves he’s been taking a pounding, Shapiro will have a chance to fight back. Kudos to Gray for inviting the whipping boy of the week on the show, and to Shapiro for accepting despite all the hostility.

Should be a great listen, especially if Mitchell shows up to back up his slander.