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In Fight For D.C., One Legislator Says That Rats Are Winning

It's an age-old problem in big cities everywhere: rats. But in D.C., one legislator says its time to step up the fight against four-legged vermin.

In the ongoing battle between man and rat, Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) says one side is winning — and it's not the humans. "Rats are once again out of control in the District of Columbia," he said on Tuesday.

D.C.'s booming construction and hot night life have not only helped attract tens of thousands of new residents, but rats are making a comeback too, Graham said.

"Rats prosper on battery cables. Pizza is much better. Dog poop — can I use that word? — is like an energy bar to rats," he said.

Graham has introduced a bill that would require restaurants and other businesses to file rat-control plans with the city when they apply for business licenses.

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Book Review: 'Born To Run,' Bruce Springsteen

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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Clinton-Trump Showdown Is Most-Watched Presidential Debate

An estimated 84 million people watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their first debate Monday, according to TV ratings data from Nielsen, making it the most-watched debate ever.
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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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