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Taints, Trains and Giraffe Necks: News In Brief

By Margaret Lyons in News on Jan 30, 2008 8:26PM

Metra by Christopher and AmyCate

Barack Obama continues to try to put a distance between himself and the shady Tony Rezko, giving more Rezko money to charity. Or as the Sun-Times puts it, "Barack Obama on Tuesday night aimed to scrub Tony Rezko's taint."

Money just got cheaper. The Fed dropped interest rates another half-percentage point to 3 percent. Go, go gadget economy!

Federal investigators cleared the Brookfield Zoo of any wrongdoing in the death of 11-year-old Dusti the giraffe. If you recall, Dusti broke his neck.

Two Metra trains hit a minivan yesterday, and police cameras caught the whole thing. No one was hurt, but that fireball going down the tracks looks pretty scary.