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In a small room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, mail from children is read, sorted into categories and answered by staff — except for the few that are sent every week to President Obama. The letters are eventually stored at the National Archives and will later find a home in the president's library. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Dale Earnhardt Sr., shown celebrating in the victory lane after winning the International Race of Champions in 1995 in Daytona Beach, Fla., died on Feb. 18, 2001 from injuries in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500. In one of this week's #NPRreads, a sports reporter remembers that moment. Terry Renna/AP hide caption

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The Royals' Lorenzo Cain celebrates after scoring on a hit by Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning against the Blue Jays in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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A protester films riot police Saturday as they advance on a small march against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a Cleveland patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O'Neill, also known by the stage name, Panti, celebrates with supporters of same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle as they await the result of the referendum on Saturday. Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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