Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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1:00pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Some Flights To Argentina Resume; Ash Still Disrupts Domestic Travel

A cloud of ashes billowed from the Puyehue volcano between clouds on Tuesday (June 7, 2011).
Claudio Santana AFP/Getty Images

"Chilean flagship carrier LAN Airlines SA has resumed all of its international flights to and from Argentina," Dow Jones Newswires reports, "although several domestic Argentine flights are still canceled because of the presence of volcanic ash, the company said Wednesday."

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12:44pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Video Justice: Soldiers Hit With $200 Baggage Fees To Be Reimbursed

Staff Sgt. Fred Hilliker.
YouTube

On their way home Tuesday from Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgts. Fred Hilliker and Robert O'Hair were not happy that they and some other soldiers had been charged $200 each because they each had four bags. The airline ended up collecting $2,800, according to the soldiers, meaning slightly less than half the 34 soldiers traveling in the group were charged.

They thought the Army's contract with Delta Air Lines allowed for four free bags. Delta said it's contract allows for three free bags for soldiers flying in coach; four for those in first or business classes.

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10:50am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

'Most Embarrassing Dad Ever?'

Dale Price, perhaps the most embarrassing dad ever, on the last day of his costumed goodbyes to his son.
WaveAtTheBus

You're a high school sophomore.

A guy.

And that's your dad in the Little Mermaid costume waving to you as the school bus pulls away.

And it's dad dressed as a pirate, a Star Wars storm trooper or the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz.

For 170 straight school days. A different costume each day.

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10:32am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Update: Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix Off Again

Originally published on Wed June 8, 2011 8:32 am

It looks like Bahrain will not be hosting a Formula One Grand Prix in October, as was announced last week.

The BBC reports that:

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10:08am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

'Texas Bodies' Non-Story Is Reminder To News Media: Slow Down

We've made the same mistake — reporting something we've been told by someone who should know when we really should have waited for more information to come in.

So we won't get all sanctimonious.

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