Simon Says "Weekend Edition Saturday" host Scott Simon shares his perspective on news and events both large and small.

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Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains

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In a statement, Carnegie Mellon apologized for the "miscommunication" with applicants. Ken Andreyo/AP Photo/Carnegie Mellon hide caption

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The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

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A woman kneels near a makeshift memorial for Kayla Mueller in Prescott, Ariz. Brian Skoloff/AP hide caption

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'Do Not Fear For Me': Remembering Kayla Mueller With Her Own Words

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People look at a portrait of Oscar Romero at the cathedral of San Salvador, where as archbishop he resisted a brutal regime. He was murdered and the Vatican has declared him a martyr. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Oscar Romero, The Murdered Archbishop Who Inspires The Pope

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British actor Idris Elba played Stringer Bell, second-in-command to Baltimore drug kingpin Avon Barksdale, in HBO's The Wire. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

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Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, right, told NPR's Scott Simon, left, in 2014 that he had a lot of fun winning games, but the main thing in his life was "making friends." Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

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Remembering Al Bendich, Fierce Defender Of Free Speech

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A man holds a pencil in the air during a minute of silence in Paris on Thursday for the cartoonists and other victims of gunmen on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Matthieu Alexandre /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Satire May Be Uncomfortable, But Humor Makes Us Human

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In 1959, Fidel Castro imposed a law forbidding the import of foreign cars, so many Cubans drive and maintain older models. Kate Skogen/JetKat Photo hide caption

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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

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Outrage Over Chinese Takeout Brings To Mind A Maxim

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In 2012, Kirk Douglas attended the last 70mm film screening of 1960's Spartacus, which he starred in. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

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Cricketer Phillip Hughes celebrates a score in 2011. Hughes was wearing a helmet this week when a ball struck him on the neck and killed him. Eranga Jayawardena/AP hide caption

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Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe

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Mike Nichols was born Michael Igor Peschkowsky. He could barely speak English when he arrived in the U.S. at age 7. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

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Onlookers take cell phone pictures of stranded window washers hanging from scaffolding on the side of One World Trade Center. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

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While an extra hour is a beguiling concept, most of us will just sleep through it. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Dreaming Up Ways To Use Fall Back's Extra Hour

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