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The Snatch: The Dirty Rats Who Run San Francisco and Some Rodents in North Beach 

Wednesday, Apr 9 2014
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Leland Yee, Cause Célèbre

We were amused to see the latest news of the Leland Yee scandal on Uptown Almanac: Street peddlers along Valencia are selling edgy, black-and-white "Free Yee" T-shirts. You'll see that phrase stenciled over $100 bills, accompanied by a smiling portrait of the disgraced senator that's outlined in marijuana leaves and assault rifles. Which pretty much sums up the whole story in one shirt. No word on who's buying these new tees, but we're glad to know someone in this entrepreneurial town made the self-proclaimed "Official T-Shirt of the Leland Yee Scandal 2014." If you could make a buck or two off Yee's arrest and political demise, you would, too.

Rats invade North Beach

It sounds like the title of a B-movie, but alas, it's the real thing. Multiple media outlets are reporting on a rash of rodents raiding North Beach, crawling over feet and scurrying around otherwise happy tourists. Take Molly Soracco, for instance: The Liguria Bakery employee tells KTVU that she was trapped in her car by rats when she arrived for work early one morning. "I could not even get out of my car — there were rats right outside," Soracco says. "Me, my mom and my sister could not get out. We were screaming. They were actually running toward the car every time we tried to get out. People were across the street, laughing at us because we looked so ridiculous, but I was scared." The reported surge of rats is in the vicinity of Muni's Central Subway construction project, but the SFMTA assures reporters that it hasn't received any complaints. Kristen Holland, a spokeswoman for the agency, tells KTVU that the project underwent an extensive rat eradication program. But if you do happen to stumble across a rat — or they crawl across your feet — please call 311.

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