Mark Memmott http://wesa.fm en Before This Blogger Moves On, He Wants To Say Thanks http://wesa.fm/post/blogger-moves-he-wants-say-thanks The Two-Way is just shy of its fifth anniversary, on May 13.<p>This blogger has written just over 9,700 posts for NPR — almost 9,500 of them for The Two-Way.<p>It seems like a good time to move on.<p>Next week, I'll be on vacation. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:36:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28213 at http://wesa.fm Before This Blogger Moves On, He Wants To Say Thanks New Manchester United Skipper Vows To Make Fans Smile Again http://wesa.fm/post/new-manchester-united-skipper-vows-make-fans-smile-again The biggest sports story of the week for millions of football (soccer) fans around the world was the sacking of David Moyes as manager of England's Manchester United, one of the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbelzer/2014/04/10/manchester-united-vs-real-madrid-tilt-at-university-of-michigan-stadium-sells-out-in-24-hours/" target="_blank">two most valuable sports franchises</a> on the planet.<p>Moyes lasted less than a season as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/09/182579340/evertons-moyes-to-replace-ferguson-at-man-united" target="_blank">successor to the legendary Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28205 at http://wesa.fm New Manchester United Skipper Vows To Make Fans Smile Again Recovery Of Bodies From Sunken Ferry Growing More Difficult http://wesa.fm/post/recovery-bodies-sunken-ferry-growing-more-difficult The news Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster includes word that:<p>-- "At least 185 passengers had been confirmed dead, with 117 others still missing." (<a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/04/25/34/0302000000AEN20140425001852315F.html" target="_blank">Yonhap News</a>)<p>-- Prosecutors have "officially attributed the sinking ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28195 at http://wesa.fm Recovery Of Bodies From Sunken Ferry Growing More Difficult Russia's Credit Rating Cut To Just Above 'Junk' http://wesa.fm/post/russias-credit-rating-cut-just-above-junk Saying that "the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/126978660/ukraine" target="_blank">tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine</a>" could accelerate the already heavy flow of money coming out of Russia, <a href="http://www.standardandpoors.com/en_US/web/guest/home" target="_blank">Standard & Poor's</a> on Friday cut that nation's credit rating to just above "junk" level.<p>What's more, S&P says it doesn't expect things to improve anytime soon:<p><blockquote><p>"In our view, Russia's political institutions remain comparatively weak and political power is highly centralized. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:22:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28190 at http://wesa.fm VIDEO: At White House, Girl Hands Father's Resume To First Lady http://wesa.fm/post/video-white-house-girl-hands-dads-resume-first-lady <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nXDPxrt3v4</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28187 at http://wesa.fm VIDEO: At White House, Girl Hands Father's Resume To First Lady Fresh Avalanches On Everest Appear To End Climbs In Nepal http://wesa.fm/post/fresh-avalanches-everest-appear-end-climbs-nepal High up on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest, fresh ice avalanches on Friday made it "almost certain that no one will summit the world's highest mountain from Nepal during this year's climbing season," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-nepal-everest-idUSBREA3H06L20140425" target="_blank">Reuters writes</a>.<p>The ice did not injure anyone. But it came crashing through the same area where 16 Sherpa guides died one week ago in an avalanche — the single deadliest day ever known on Everest. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28186 at http://wesa.fm Fresh Avalanches On Everest Appear To End Climbs In Nepal Russia Wants To Start World War III, Ukrainian Leader Charges http://wesa.fm/post/russia-wants-start-world-war-iii-ukrainian-leader-charges The crisis in Ukraine showed no signs of cooling Friday. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28180 at http://wesa.fm Russia Wants To Start World War III, Ukrainian Leader Charges Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says http://wesa.fm/post/pope-oks-communion-divorced-not-so-fast-vatican-says The Vatican on Thursday sought to tamp down speculation that Pope Francis wants to reverse church teachings and allow divorced and remarried Catholics and their spouses to take Communion.<p><a href="http://davidgibson.religionnews.com/2014/04/23/pope-francis-really-tell-divorced-woman-take-communion/" target="_blank">Religion News Service walks through</a> what happened after word surfaced earlier this week that the pope reportedly called a woman in Argentina and told her it is OK for at least some divorced Catholics or their spouses to receive that <a href="http://www.americancatholic.org/fea Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:51:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28130 at http://wesa.fm Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Move http://wesa.fm/post/israel-halts-peace-talks-after-palestinian-unity-move One day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was calling off his side's participation in the next session of peace talks with Palestinian leaders, Israel's Cabinet has endorsed that decision and "unanimously decided to cut off contacts," <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israeli-fm-lashes-out-palestinian-unity-deal" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p>The impetus, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/23/306149843/after-bitter-split-palestinian-factions-pledge-to-reconcile" target="_blank">as we reported on Wednesday</a>, is the announceme Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28125 at http://wesa.fm Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School http://wesa.fm/post/saddened-students-return-ferry-disaster-victims-school Students at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, began the difficult process of resuming classes on Thursday, eight days after <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">a ferry disaster</a> claimed the lives of more than 200 of their classmates.<p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/04/24/72/0302000000AEN20140424004451315F.html" target="_blank">According to South Korea's Yonhap News</a>, the seniors (or third-year year students):<p><blockquote><p>"Made way ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28114 at http://wesa.fm Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels http://wesa.fm/post/jobless-claims-bounce-earlier-weeks-low-levels After <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304065214/jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low" target="_blank">two straight weeks</a> in which the figures tracked near their lowest levels in seven years, the number of first-time applications for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week.<p><a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">The Employment and Training Administration says</a> there were 329,000 such claims filed, up by 24,000 from the previous week's slightly revised figure.<p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/24/us-usa-economy-idUSBREA Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28111 at http://wesa.fm Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii http://wesa.fm/post/stowaway-teens-father-was-shocked-hear-son-was-hawaii The father of a teen who last weekend survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger jet says:<p><blockquote><p>"When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy."<p></blockquote><p>Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi also <a href="http://www.voanews.com/content/voa-exclusive-teen-stowaways-father-says-allah-protected-his-son/1899731.html" target="_blank">tells Voice of America's Somali service</a> that he was confused at first when police from Hawaii called on Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28112 at http://wesa.fm Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet http://wesa.fm/post/no-breakthrough-object-interest-isnt-missing-jet A large piece of metal found earlier this week on the coast of western Australia, which investigators had called an "object of interest" in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people who were on board, is apparently not connected to the missing jet.<p><a href="http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr036.aspx" target="_blank">The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reports</a> that "after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometers east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search."<p>So, the "weeks of false lead Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28109 at http://wesa.fm 3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital http://wesa.fm/post/three-americans-dead-after-shooting-kabul-hospital Three American citizens were killed Thursday at a Christian organization's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an Afghan security guard opened fire. Another American citizen was reportedly wounded.<p>One of those killed was an experienced pediatrician from Chicago who had been working at the hospital for seven years, according to media reports. The other two killed were a father and son whose names and ages had not yet been released.<p>Government spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the gunman was shot and wounded and is now under arrest, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from Kabul. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28106 at http://wesa.fm 3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital 7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot http://wesa.fm/post/violent-protest-rio-renews-world-cup-security-concerns "A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone," <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_BRAZIL_RIO_VIOLENCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/22/world/americas/brazil-rio-copacabana-protests/" target="_blank">CNN says that</a> "residents from the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela took to the streets of Copaca Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28050 at http://wesa.fm 7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest http://wesa.fm/post/government-will-try-convince-sherpas-stay-everest The news from high up the world's tallest mountain continues to be confusing, with some reports implying that a boycott by Sherpas means there will be no climbs to the summit this year and others indicating that there will still be attempts to reach the top.<p>Based on what we can glean from various news accounts, it appears that some expeditions have indeed canceled their climbs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28048 at http://wesa.fm Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster http://wesa.fm/post/death-toll-rises-hopes-fade-site-korean-ferry-disaster The already slim hope that anyone might still be alive aboard the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">South Korean ferry that sunk a week ago</a> was all but extinguished Wednesday with the news that divers have found no air pockets in key areas of the ship.<p>That word came as the number of bodies recovered from the Sewol edged above 150. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28044 at http://wesa.fm Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom http://wesa.fm/post/stowaway-teen-may-have-been-trying-reunite-his-mom The latest word about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/22/305824651/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-with-a-bad-idea" target="_blank">teenager who survived a ride Sunday from California to Hawaii</a> in the frigid wheel well of a jet is that he may have hoped to eventually get to Somalia to be with his mother.<p>Because he's a juvenile, authorities and news outlets have not named the teen. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28039 at http://wesa.fm 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet http://wesa.fm/post/object-interest-found-search-malaysian-jet After 6 1/2 weeks of false leads and conflicting information about what may have happened to the jet and the 239 people on board, Wednesday's headlines about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> need to be viewed with considerable caution:<p>-- " 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast." (<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1" target="_blank">CNN.com</a>)<p>-- "MH370 search: Debris washed up on WA coast to be investigated." ( Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28035 at http://wesa.fm 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet 45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend http://wesa.fm/post/45-people-were-shot-chicago-over-weekend There are more data to add to Chicago's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/20/224514644/chicago-shootings-spur-renewed-call-for-tougher-gun-laws" target="_blank">well-documented problem with gun violence</a>.<p>Headlines such as this from the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> — "<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/26955790-418/in-violent-weekend-at-least-8-dead-37-wounded-in-shootings-across-chicago.html#.U1agY6I2rMo" target="_blank">In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago</a>" — set us off in search of news reports after previous weekends.<p>There's a rat Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27995 at http://wesa.fm 45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia http://wesa.fm/post/stop-supporting-men-hiding-behind-masks-biden-tells-russia <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxZUI218HHc</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27986 at http://wesa.fm 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt http://wesa.fm/post/climbing-may-begin-everest-after-sherpas-demands-are-met <strong>Update at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:50:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27980 at http://wesa.fm UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives http://wesa.fm/post/korean-ferry-sank-some-crew-members-fought-save-lives With the death toll continuing to rise and likely to exceed 300, the captain and crew of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">ferry that sank last week off the coast of South Korea</a> have been called cowards <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305489293/murder-south-korean-leader-says-of-ferry-captains-actions" target="_blank">and accused of murder.</a><p>Now, though, we're also hearing about the heroic acts of some among the 29-member crew — seven of whom either are confirmed to have died or are missing.<p>"Passengers recall mome Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27979 at http://wesa.fm As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives Wheel Well Stowaway Was 'Runaway Kid With A Bad Idea' http://wesa.fm/post/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-bad-idea The California teenager who survived a 5 1/2 hour flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 was "just a runaway kid with a bad idea," FBI Special Agent Tom Simon says.<p>Simon also says, <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_25610408/san-jose-santa-clara-teens-survival-from-flight" target="_blank">according to <em>The San Jose Mercury News</em></a>, that the unidentified boy's lousy idea wasn't very well thought out: "He ran for the nearest plane. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27973 at http://wesa.fm Wheel Well Stowaway Was 'Runaway Kid With A Bad Idea' You Can Survive A Flight In A Jet's Wheel Well, But Probably Won't http://wesa.fm/post/you-can-survive-flight-jets-wheel-well-probably-wont The amazing story of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305495936/teen-survives-flight-to-hawaii-in-jets-wheel-well-fbi-says" target="_blank">16-year-old California boy who the FBI says survived</a> a 5 1/2-hour flight in the frigid wheel well of a jet that flew from San Jose to Hawaii on Sunday raises a logical question:<p>How does one survive a trip like that when the temperature would have dropped to more than 50 degrees below zero and the air would have been thinner than that at the top of Mount Everest?<p>Well, as it turns out there have been cases of such survival Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27939 at http://wesa.fm