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Catching Up

In case any of you missed a couple of important stories done by my colleagues, here are two stories you may want to check out.

Did you know that the red meat you reach for in ther supermarket may have been spiked with carbon monoxide to make it look more appealing? Rick Weiss explored the controversy in Monday's paper.

Did you also know that some car rental companies are adding one more fee to their already long list of extra charges? Keith Alexander in his "Business Class" column notes that Budget Rent a Car is imposing an additional $9.50 charge on all vehicles driven fewer than 75 miles. Why? Alexander explains it: "The new charge is aimed at renters who drive short distances and don't fill up their tanks before they return because the gas gauge still reads "full," even though the tank is a few gallons short." The charge will be removed if you show a receipt to prove you filled your tank before returning the car. So plan accordingly.

By  |  February 21, 2006; 7:00 AM ET Consumer News
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