Video: Goodbye, Barbaro

By Keith Olbermann Anchor, 'Countdown'
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updated 1/30/2007 11:12:12 AM ET 2007-01-30T16:12:12
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Keith Olbermann rounds up tabloid and entertainment news every night on “Keeping Tabs.” On Monday, Jan. 29 he said this:

Goodbye, Barbaro
The concern for the winning horse at the last Kentucky Derby, Barbaro, grew from an emotional reaction to an injured into something almost uncomfortable in its idolatry.  Tonight, the reaction certainly is not over, but the life of Barbaro is.  He had shattered his right leg at the Preakness Race in Baltimore last May and failed to recuperate, despite months of treatment. 

He was euthanized earlier today.  Barbaro suffered a significant setback over the weekend, when he underwent what doctors called risky surgery after they had discovered an abscess in his right foot.  For months doctors had said they would continue to try to save the life of the animal, but only as long as Barbaro was not suffering.  The owners of the colt called the decision to put him down the right one.  Barbaro won his last race, that Kentucky Derby, by six lengths, the longest margin of victory in that fabled race since 1946. 

Brandy could face charges in crash
Potential jail time is on the horizon for the singer known as Brandy.  The singer and actress could face vehicular manslaughter charges for an accident she caused last month in southern California.  Police say Brandy Norwood was driving her SUV on interstate 405, the 405 freeway.  Traffic ahead of the singer had slowed considerably, but she did not notice and slammed into a car in front of her while driving 65 miles per hour.  That initial impact triggered a chain reaction.  The driver of the car Brandy had hit survived the accident, but died the next day of blunt force trauma. 

Miss Norwood walked away from the crash and was found to not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Now the California highway patrol has recommended charges be filed against her and if prosecutors follow through on that request, this actress could spend a year behind bars. 

    

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