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July 11, 1994 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For as long as Luiza Maria Nascimento Elias can remember breathing, she has wanted to move away from Rocinha. When she gazed out onto the crumbling, narrow streets winding their way up the back of Two Brothers mountain and at the shacks stacked precariously atop each other like children's building blocks, all she saw was poverty and neglect.
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November 25, 1995 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fefi's old, rebuilt surfboard is out of commission at the moment, but his surfer aspirations endure. "My dream is to go professional," he says with quiet determination. For this 13-year-old boy, that won't be easy. To use a metaphor from another sport, Fefi has two strikes against him. In fact, if it weren't for an innovative program called the Surfavela Project, he and about 80 other Rio youths probably wouldn't be surfing at all.
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November 25, 1995 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fefi's old, rebuilt surfboard is out of commission at the moment, but his surfer aspirations endure. "My dream is to go professional," he says with quiet determination. For this 13-year-old boy, that won't be easy. To use a metaphor from another sport, Fefi has two strikes against him. In fact, if it weren't for an innovative program called the Surfavela Project, he and about 80 other Rio youths probably wouldn't be surfing at all.
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July 11, 1994 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For as long as Luiza Maria Nascimento Elias can remember breathing, she has wanted to move away from Rocinha. When she gazed out onto the crumbling, narrow streets winding their way up the back of Two Brothers mountain and at the shacks stacked precariously atop each other like children's building blocks, all she saw was poverty and neglect.
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January 24, 2003 | Lorenza Munoz, Times staff writer
Milling about in a crowd of 2,000 at the premiere of the Brazilian movie "City of God" was a small, understated man nicknamed Pequeno. A nobody to Brazil's biggest celebrities and entertainment industry insiders, he had achieved his own kind of notoriety as one of Rio de Janeiro's most wanted drug dealers. As moviegoers filed into the theaters, the police nabbed Pequeno. The next day, the talk of Rio was not the success of the movie but the arrest of a local drug dealer at its premiere.
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January 3, 1996 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There were Uzbek urban planners from the Central Asian city of Bokhara, a Chinese architect who had created a "bio-climatic" skyscraper in Malaysia, an Indian whose houses help Muslims and Hindus live in peace together and a grizzled Italian designer who conceived a hospital that brilliantly fits the needs of the African bush.
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February 11, 1988 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
This area is among the world's most crowded spots, equal in squalor to the slums of Brazil, Indonesia and India. Poverty, filth and idleness are everywhere. A stench clings to every surface, and doctors warn that walking through a puddle, even with shoes, can bring on disease. Many of the 650,000 Gaza residents work in Israel proper, mostly at manual labor, and are paid on a daily basis.
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July 13, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there are Bulgarians in Italy tonight, they are silent Bulgarians. From the Alps to Sicily, nothing will move in Italy beyond flickering images on TV sets when the beloved Azzurri play Bulgaria in a World Cup semifinal game. More than half the country--about 30 million people, nearly half of them women--will watch every move with unconcealed partisanship. In Bulgaria, the team's ascent has been compared to the fall of communism there in 1989.
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September 9, 2007
Friday Across the Universe The songs of the Beatles score this love story set against the political and social upheaval of the 1960s. Julie Taymor (Broadway's "The Lion King") directs. With Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess (below), Joe Anderson. Written by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais from a story by Taymor & Clement & La Frenais.
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