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Rio Olympics Disaster Looms: Missing Gitmo Prisoner, Superbug, No Police

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 12:00pm 7/6/2016 at 12:00pm

The 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio next month and everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. The police have told tourists they cannot protect them, scientists found a superbug in the water, and no one can find a missing Gitmo prisoner in Brazil.

The police put out a “Welcome to...

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Golfer Rory McIlroy Latest Athlete to Pull Out of Rio Olympics

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:00pm 6/22/2016 at 5:00pm

World #4 golfer Rory McIlroy has announced he will not play at the Rio Olympics due to the Zika outbreak.

He released this statement:

“After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“After speaking with those closest to me,...

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Rio Announces Financial Disaster 50 Days Before Olympics

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 1:00pm 6/19/2016 at 1:00pm

The state of Rio, not the city, continues to topple as the governor declared a “state of public calamity” only 50 days before the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off.

The state spent over $2.8 billion alone “on a 10-mile extension to Rio’s subway to link a series of wealthy beachside neighborhoods in...

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New Study: ‘Super bacteria’ found in Rio’s Olympic venues

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2:30pm 6/11/2016 at 2:30pm

In the past few weeks, concerns about the Zika virus have caused Today host Savannah Guthrie and U.S. cyclist Tejay van Garderen to cancel their plans to go to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A new study may cause other athletes to reconsider their sports ambitions.

Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant “super...

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Pregnant Savannah Guthrie Skipping Rio Olympics Over Zika

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 1:30pm 6/7/2016 at 1:30pm

Today host Savannah Guthrie announced her pregnancy this morning, but also said she won’t travel to Rio due to Zika concerns.

She said:

“I’m not going to be able to go to Rio … The doctors say that we shouldn’t because of the CDC, because of the Zika virus, so I’ll miss it,”...

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U.S. Athlete Will Skip Rio Olympics Over Zika

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7:00pm 6/5/2016 at 7:00pm

U.S. cyclist Tejay van Garderen has decided not to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer due to the Zika virus.

Van Garderen has concerns he could contract the disease and give it to his pregnant wife and unborn daughter:

“If Jessica were not pregnant right now, assuming I was selected, I would...

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Department of Justice Investigating Russian Doping Claims

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:25pm 5/17/2016 at 8:25pm

The Department of Justice has decided to investigate the massive Russia doping scandal. U.S. courts ruled that prosecutors may charge foreigners abroad if they have connections to the U.S.

The New York Times reported that the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York. The officials have targeted “Russian government...

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Expert Warns of Rio Olympics Zika Health Disaster

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:30am 5/15/2016 at 10:30am

An expert’s report in the Harvard Public Health Review asserts that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro could cause a “full-blown public health disaster” because of the Zika virus unless the event is postponed, relocated or canceled.

The author of this analysis is Amir Attaran, Associate Professor of Law and...

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Brazil Senate Impeaches President Over Budget Violations

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:00pm 5/13/2016 at 4:00pm

Brazil’s senate voted to begin an impeachment trial for President Dilma Rousseff over alleged budget violations.

She must relinquish her presidential duties for at least six months.

Rousseff said the actions amount to a coup and called herself a “victim of a great injustice.”

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Brazil Soccer Star Rivaldo Tells Tourists to Skip Rio Olympics

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3:30pm 5/11/2016 at 3:30pm

Brazil soccer star Rivaldo used his Instagram to encourage tourists to skip the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio due to violence and corruption.

Translation via Google Translate:

Bandits in Rio de Janeiro killed this 17-year-old girl. Things are getting uglier in Brazil. I advise everyone who wants to visit Brazil or come to...

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My experience in Moscow when the Miracle on Ice happened

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00am 2/23/2016 at 7:00am

Because yesterday was mostly a travel day for me, I missed the 36th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, the 1980 U.S. defeat of the Soviet Union in Olympic ice hockey.

Most people think it was the finals, but it actually was the semi-finals. The U.S. went on to defeat Finland...

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Just revealed: Palestinian terrorists castrated Israeli hostage at Munich Olympics

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 8:00pm 12/1/2015 at 8:00pm

This is one of those things that just leave you shaking your head.

And it’s an important lesson of why Israel can’t lose any war — there would be no mercy shown on the Jews.

In early September we covered the anniversary of the 1972 Munich Massacre, in which 11 Israelis were murdered...

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Boston Breaks Up with 2024 Olympic Bid

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:40pm 7/27/2015 at 7:40pm

Today Boston city officials announced that they have reached a mutual understanding with the United States Olympic Committee, and will be withdrawing Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The contract fell through after city officials refused to commit taxpayer dollars to cover any shortfalls encountered by local Olympic organizers....

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Discontinued Olympic events seem awfully helpful

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 4:50pm 8/7/2012 at 4:50pm

The Economist published a list of discontinued Olympic sports since the games of 1896. While this year we can count on such sports as Synchronized Diving, Beach Volleyball, and Water Polo, other events have come and gone.

What many of these discontinued events have in common, and I’m only half-applying the “sarc...

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