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NPR's Scott Simon Shares His Take On Events Large And Small

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"Tie" has a limp, but seems conspicuously spirited and friendly after her race down the Metro-North Hudson Line. Meredith Daniels/New York MTA via AP hide caption

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Firefighters salute the funeral procession for Lt. Ed Walsh, a Boston firefighter who died in a nine-alarm fire late last month. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before

As Russia takes control, the story of Reshat Ametov sends an ominous signal to Crimea's Tatars.

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Chicago writer-actor-director Harold Ramis died Monday. He was 69. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images hide caption

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Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska decided not to compete in Friday's slalom race, in a show of solidarity with protesters in Kiev. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China's National Stadium, right, and National Aquatics Center, cost half a billion dollars to build and struggle to attract visitors. Greg Baker/AP hide caption

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Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" live on Sunday night. Larry Busacca/Getty Images hide caption

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Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman leaves a sports arena after a practice session for North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang in December 2013. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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Billie Jean King spoke with CNN after being named to the delegation, saying "I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman." Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Rapp (left) and Adam Pascal perform a scene from the New York Theatre Workshop production of Rent in 1996. Joan Marcus/AP hide caption

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Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu raise their fists in 1990, one day after Mandela was released from jail. Walter Dhladhla /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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