Failed promises and police occupation threaten Rio's favelas ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. (Getty Images)
Road to Rio
The Associated Press reports that as Brazil prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, police are "raiding slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport."
Benjamin Parkin says police occupation in Rio's favelas shows "just how far the state will go to prevent embarrassment during the World Cup."
Reuters reporter Paulo Prada discusses the "shaky" status of Rio's slums following a "failed promise of basic services."
Fiona Duncan features some "lesser-known, tranquil escapes within easy reach"
Los Angeles Times
reporter Vincent Bevins says Rio's "famous beaches and its cosmopolitan neighborhoods"
could provide soccer fans "plenty of other action" during the World Cup.
Ten stray pups rescued from Sochi have arrived in the United States. (Getty Images)
Russian blogger Alexander Valov dubs Sochi the "Dead City,"
and posts photographs that show "daily scenes of empty streets and deserted residential complexes" in the wake of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
features "ten stray pups rescued from Sochi
, amid reports that Russian authorities were killing them before the Winter Games," that have arrived in the United States. The Washington Animal Rescue League will now coordinate adoptions for each dog.
SB Nation's James Conley tells readers to blame the struggles of teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks on the "stupid Olympics."
In Other News
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps competes at the 2004 Summer Games. (Getty Images)
Los Angeles Times'
featured columnist Kyle Newport takes a retrospective look at his interview with a then 15-year-old Michael Phelps.
At the time, Phelps' only goal was to "win a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics."
The BBC News discusses the first Cybathlon, "an Olympics for bionic athletes,"
set to be staged in Switzerland in October of 2016.
Compiled by Nicole Bennett
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