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New Public Address System For Metro Stations

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Metro has started using a new public address system in dozens of underground rail stations in hopes of improving poor sound quality.

Passengers have long complained about inaudible messages in the cavernous concrete stations, and Metro hopes a $7.5 million upgrade fixes the problem. The new public address system installed in 38 stations includes speakers on most station platform pylons and walls. Two chimes are played just before an announcement to get passengers' attention.

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Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new autobiography from Bruce Springsteen called Born To Run.
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A Matter Of Taste: What Prix Fixe Menus Say About D.C.'s Dining Scene

Is a meal for a special occasion worth hundreds of dollars?

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Sept. 11 Lawsuits Vote Today Could Be First Reversal Of An Obama Veto

The bill would let victims' families of the Sept. 11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia for aiding or financing the attacks. The White House says the move could put U.S. interests and personnel at risk.
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When Phones Went Mobile: Revisiting NPR's 1983 Story On 'Cellular'

The report titled "Cellular Phones Are Completely Mobile" features a man who was "among the first 1,500 customers to use a new mobile phone system called cellular."

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