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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8:06am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Tanks Mass At Syrian Town; Talks Reported In Yemen

Good morning.

The wildfires in northeast Arizona have now scorched an area twice the size of the city of Chicago and, as we reported earlier, it doesn't look like the flames will be under control anytime soon.

As for other stories making headlines this morning, they include:

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7:32am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

'No End In Sight' For Arizona Fires; 389,000 Acres Scorched So Far

This satellite image from NASA's MODIS Land Rapid Response Team shows the fires in red, along the Arizona border with New Mexico (the line just to the right of the red marks that pinpoint the flames), and the smoke billowing to the northeast. It was taken Monday.
Jeff Schmaltz MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

The wildfire blazing in northeast Arizona is now the second-largest in state history and there's no end in sight, The Arizona Republic reports this morning.

According to the Republic, the Wallow Fire is "growing by the hour, leapt farther north Tuesday and has now consumed about 389,000 acres."

Ominously, the newspaper adds that it is "at zero percent containment." Its headline says there is "no end in sight."

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2:56pm

Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

No Tiger Woods At The U.S. Open

Since he withdrew from The Players Championship on May 12 after playing just nine holes, this news won't be a huge surprise to golf fans:

"Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that he will miss the 2011 U.S. Open." (TigerWoods.com)

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2:45pm

Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Building Literacy Is Key To Building Afghan Army, U.S. General Says

The U.S. and its allies are increasingly finding that one of the keys to building the Afghan Army is teaching its soldiers and officers to read and write, says the American general in charge of that training.

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1:36pm

Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Spectacular Lightning Show As Volcano Erupts In Chile

We do like the shows that volcanoes sometimes put on, as regular Two-Way readers know.

So we can't resist the photos and videos coming out of Chile, where the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range has been erupting in recent days and lightning storms in the clouds of ash have been quite electrifying (pun intended).

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