Rio's Been Getting Safer Since Way Before the Olympics

A recent homicide spike belies a decade of progress. That didn't start with the pre-games crackdown.

A lasting improvement?

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Usually, the most challenging part of my Monday routine is navigating Rio de Janeiro traffic, which has become fraught in the run-up to next month's Olympic Games. This week it was the anti-bomb squad.

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