Fan Killed After RIO Derby Game

Gun shots rang out at the end of a Brazilian football game, killing one man and injuring three others on Sunday.  This incident is just one in the trend of violence associated with Brazilian football over the years.  Our hearts go out to those injured and the family of the deceased.

FAN KILLED AFTER VIOLENT RIO DERBY GAME

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Former RIO Governor Cabral Sentenced for Lava Jato

Yesterday Sergio Cabral, former Rio de Janeiro state Governor, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for his role in a Brazil corruption scheme dubbed as Lava Jato (Car Wash).  The investigation, which grew from a simple look into an accusation of money laundering, had led to the arrest of several other high ranking political figures as well.  Read on for the details:

FORMER RIO DE JANEIRO GOVERNOR SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON

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“They see death at every corner”

This is how Bezerra de Mello, founder of the Uere school in RIO, describes the consequence of the city’s drug wars on its children.  At this particular school, drills are held often in order to prepare children for the unfortunate inevitable: shootouts.

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Schools caught in crossfire in violent Rio de Janeiro slums

Police Robots a Routine Safety Measure

Despite large economic deficits, Rio de Janeiro’s bomb squad unit trumps similar units in South America.  Read on for more on how debt-stricken Rio has managed to build such an advanced defense system and why its routine use has sparked public outrage and ethical concerns.

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Rio de Janeiro’s police robot removes and detonates unexploded grenades that drug traffickers leave behind in their battles with the police and rival gangs.

RIO Considers a ‘Mugging Tax’ for Tourists

At a recent lunch event, RIO Mayor-elect Marcello Crivella expressed interest in creating a fund to compensate RIO tourists in the event of a mugging–funded by a tax on those very same tourists.  Mayor Crivella’s hope is to dispel RIO’s “negative image,” but read on to hear what tourism industry leaders have to say in response.

Brazil ‘to charge mugging tax’ to pay tourists back when they fall victim to crime

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