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October 31, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil - A little over a year ago, Brazilian playboy Eike Batista was reputed to be the seventh-richest man in the world and was in the habit of boasting loudly that he'd soon be No. 1. By this week, he had become one of the world's biggest paupers. On Wednesday, his flagship oil company, OGX, filed for bankruptcy. A personal fortune once valued at $30 billion had collapsed into a personal debt estimated at more than $800 million. Some Brazilians, long since soured on his cocky persona, responded with glee on social networks to the news that Batista's yacht, the Pink Fleet, would soon be sold for scrap.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Like most kids growing up in Brazil, Roberto Gurgel dreamed of being on the field for a World Cup. That never happened. So this summer, Gurgel is settling for the next-best thing by helping to build five of the fields that will be used for the first World Cup in his native country in 64 years. Gurgel is executive director of research for Sod Solutions, a South Carolina-based company that develops and licenses varieties of grass. One of those varieties, a deep blue-green Bermuda called Celebration, will be used in five of the 12 World Cup venues this summer.
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SPORTS
April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: BRAZIL FIFA ranking: 2 Overall World Cup record: 64-14-14 Coach: Dunga Best performance: Winner, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 Overview: No country has won the World Cup more often than Brazil, which figures to be a solid favorite again. And it's easy to see why, given a star-studded roster that includes Kaka, striker Luis Fabiano and keeper Julio Cesar. Plus, Dunga's team is supremely confident given that it won last summer's Confederation Cup in South Africa.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Between a cluster of bars in this small coastal town, middle-aged European men hover around dozens of fresh-faced Brazilian women in tight dresses. Around the corner, two girls who look to be in their teens flag down cars, signaling their availability to potential clients. Most such activity, however, seems confined to a small, seedy tourist strip, the last gasp of a bygone era. Natal, long known as a hot spot for sex tourism, has seen fewer problems in the wake of a national economic boom and concerted government efforts to cut back on the Carnaval nation's carnal image.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Between a cluster of bars in this small coastal town, middle-aged European men hover around dozens of fresh-faced Brazilian women in tight dresses. Around the corner, two girls who look to be in their teens flag down cars, signaling their availability to potential clients. Most such activity, however, seems confined to a small, seedy tourist strip, the last gasp of a bygone era. Natal, long known as a hot spot for sex tourism, has seen fewer problems in the wake of a national economic boom and concerted government efforts to cut back on the Carnaval nation's carnal image.
OPINION
September 9, 2012
Re "Pedal empowerment," Column One, Sept. 6 How much would it cost to get Brazilian Judge Jose Henrique Mallman, who started a program in which inmates can reduce their prison terms by riding bikes to charge batteries that power boardwalk lamps, up here to revamp our archaic criminal justice system? The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. We can no longer afford this dubious first-place trophy, nor can we afford the human wreckage left behind by convicts who have served their time.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins and Kevin Baxter
RIO DE JANEIRO - In 50 days the best athletes in the world's most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer's sacred spiritual homes, for the game's most important tournament. It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the "beautiful game" that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.
TRAVEL
October 10, 2010
A visa beef? The line starts here There is a very simple solution to the "Visa Vexation" issue [On the Spot by Catharine Hamm, Oct. 3]: Don't visit Brazil. If you are on a cruise line that has a port of call there, book another cruise. Do not plan to go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil either. Maybe with the loss of hundreds of thousands in tourist dollars, they will figure it out. Scott Snyder Mission Viejo I found Hamm's response to the reader who complained about needing a visa for Brazil somewhat lacking.
OPINION
July 28, 2013
Re "Pope, in visit to slum, scolds Brazil," July 26 Pope Francis is indeed a representative of the Americas: He has the same tendency to profess one thing and do the opposite that bedevils this whole hemisphere. The Roman Catholic Church continues to deny women the right and ability to control their own reproduction, significantly contributing to poverty throughout the Americas. Rather than criticize the Brazilian government for indifference to the poor, the pope should recognize the role of church policy in the plight of the poor and fight to lift all restrictions on birth control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2000
Another horror story on the Jan. 24 front page about the insane drug war and what it is doing to Brazil. Has anyone ever figured out how many lives have been wasted by the drug war, and is it more than the drugs have killed? DOROTHY MELVILLE San Juan Capistrano
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins and Kevin Baxter
RIO DE JANEIRO - In 50 days the best athletes in the world's most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer's sacred spiritual homes, for the game's most important tournament. It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the "beautiful game" that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Highways and bus transit ground to a halt in parts of Brazil early Friday, and flights were delayed as Brazilians launched on their long Easter holiday weekend. Brazil's transportation system has been the subject of heated debate recently. Some worry that it will buckle under the pressure of thousands of visitors who will descend on the country in June for soccer's World Cup tournament. The country is struggling to finish transportation facilities and stadiums. Others say its experience hosting major events such as the annual Carnaval or last year's visit by Pope France make it uniquely prepared to handle huge crowds.
TRAVEL
April 13, 2014
Vincent Bevins wrote that, "São Paulo was built by immigrants from Italy, Japan, Portugal and Lebanon, among others... " ["Culture by Day, Partying by Night," March 30]. That is quite an interesting tidbit about the place that received the majority of the slaves shipped to the Americas. I suppose they are the "among others. " John Anderson Chicago Airlines horror story We recently returned from Amman, Jordan, using Air France business class to Paris, and experienced a new level of disservice.
WORLD
April 2, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
  SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil's military has agreed to open investigations of use  torture at bases it operated during two decades of dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. The announcement Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the coup that toppled a democratically elected government, marked the first time the country's armed forces have pledged to cooperate in examining human rights crimes for which no one has ever been tried. An amnesty law was passed by the military government in 1979.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Pele is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player of all time. He developed his unparalleled skills playing against other shoeless kids on the dirt streets of Brazil with a ball made from old socks and newspapers. But now Pele says the best grass-roots soccer programs in the world are not in Brazil, but in the U.S., where he is on tour publicizing his new book "Why Soccer Matters. " “People should be careful," Pele warned in a short phone interview. "Because I think here in the United States today, they play more soccer than they play in Brazil.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Natal, a breezy beach city with vast blue skies and bright sun 1,220 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, has much of the small-town feel common in the surrounding rural regions. Where you'll see soccer: The U.S. takes on Ghana on June 16 at the newly constructed Arena das Dunas in Natal, a towering homage to sea, sun and sand. FIFA is putting up a giant screen at Praia do Forte north of the tourist areas and stadium. In a calm city light on night life and heavy on fresh air, this is probably the best place to take in the action for those without tickets.
TRAVEL
May 6, 1990
I returned from Brazil April 13, trimming a planned 19-day trip to one week. What a difference from last May when I stayed at the Excelsior Copacabana for four days (breakfast and dinner in the room) for less than $100. This time they wanted $93 daily. I reminded them that the airport listed them at a lower rate and upon showing a company ID, they lowered the price and for some reason later reduced it to $46. Some things have not gone up. Men's clothing prices at a nice store on Avenida Copacabana are stable.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
In celebration of their retirement, Kaz Kowalski and his wife, Eugenia, visited Brazil in February and March. Fishing for piranha on the Rio Negro, a blackwater river in northwest Brazil, the couple spotted a caiman emerge from under the water. As it peered out over the river with its hypnotic eyes, its movement created a wave pattern on the smooth, dark water, Kowalski said. The longtime Long Beach resident used a Canon SX30IS. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As you roll into this urbane beach city you can easily understand why most soccer fans will choose to be based here, if possible, during the FIFA World Cup, the sport's premiere international competition that begins June 12. Brazil's former capital and a resurgent cosmopolitan city, Rio has most of the urban offerings you would expect in a major destination, such as museums, restaurants and night life. But it's really the city's natural beauty and bright blue skies that make the trip worthwhile and make visitors more likely to forgive the high prices, lackluster service and spontaneous logistical breakdowns.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
As even the most casual student of American history knows, Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life figure. Besides being our 26th president, he was an outdoorsman, an explorer, a historian and a war hero. T.R.'s adventures on the campaign trail, the battlefield and on African safaris have served as material for many works of fiction and nonfiction. In "Roosevelt's Beast," the novelist Louis Bayard takes on one of his lesser-known exploits - his 1914 expedition to map a Brazilian rain forest waterway with an appropriately harrowing and mythical name, "the River of Doubt.
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