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August 5, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
The apartment house holdup on Sorocaba Street was typical of the notorious Red Command, the gang that changed Rio de Janeiro. Springing a flimsy lock on the building's heavy glass door at 5 a.m. on July 9, eight gunmen barged in and quickly took charge of the ground floor. "They put a knife to my ear here," said Jose Anjo Teixeira, the unarmed night watchman. "They socked me in the mouth." He touched his swollen lower lip. "I tried to talk to them to see if they would go away.
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August 5, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
The apartment house holdup on Sorocaba Street was typical of the notorious Red Command, the gang that changed Rio de Janeiro. Springing a flimsy lock on the building's heavy glass door at 5 a.m. on July 9, eight gunmen barged in and quickly took charge of the ground floor. "They put a knife to my ear here," said Jose Anjo Teixeira, the unarmed night watchman. "They socked me in the mouth." He touched his swollen lower lip. "I tried to talk to them to see if they would go away.
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WORLD
August 10, 2008 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
The twisting alleys and steep steps of Providence Hill ascend relentlessly to a tree-less plaza, a place of respite, however bleak, from the drug wars and blight that have made the Rio neighborhoods known as favelas global emblems of urban dysfunction. But these days the concrete park offers no peace, for it is here that three young men were snatched away -- not by the traffickers, but by the troops who had been deployed here to protect the people of Providence Hill.
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November 25, 2012 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
RIO DE JANEIRO - At a massive party put on by the Amigos dos Amigos gang a while back, dozens of teenagers wearing nothing but sandals, swim trunks and comically oversized assault rifles provided security. Partygoers casually snorted cocaine off tables set up in the plaza at the Rocinha favela and waved guns in the air as they danced. If neighbors didn't like the bass-heavy electronic music pumping until the early hours, they had little recourse: Rocinha was a Neverland-like world where boys were kings and the state was far, far away.
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November 12, 1994 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No massive arrests have been made, not a shot has been fired, but already residents here have begun to feel a modicum of relief in the early stages of an unprecedented effort by the army to roll back the crime wave that has plagued Brazil's most famous city for more than a decade. Since the army took control of state and city law enforcement last week, drug traffickers who lord over the city's poor communities have begun to lie low.
SPORTS
June 2, 2010 | Wire reports
For a change, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito has the favorite for the $1 million Belmont Stakes in New York. A two-time Belmont winner with longshots Birdstone in 2004 and Da' Tara in 2008, Zito has two of the three top choices for Saturday's final leg of the Triple Crown: Ice Box is the 3-1 morning-line choice and his other starter, Fly Down, is the 9-2 third choice. A field of 12 was entered Wednesday for a Belmont that will be run without Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver or Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky.
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