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Brennan: 1st impressions of Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — I’ve been in town for nine hours and I still haven’t seen a mosquito.

For more than two hours, however, I was in an air-conditioned cab in the legendary Rio traffic that more than lives up to its billing, so it’s really more like seven hours. Still, with the way we in the news media, along with the world’s top male golfers, talked about mosquitoes and the Zika virus, you half expected them to greet you at your gate.

On the other hand, I have seen a machine gun. Actually, I’ve seen dozens. It took days to spot a gun in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics 2½ years ago. It took minutes in Rio. The armed presence started in the international airport and continued for miles along the streets leading into the city; soldiers and security officers, machine guns at the ready, watching hundreds of cars go by.

This is not a bad thing. They’re needed. At least two robberies were reported over the weekend in a main tunnel that links the airport to the city and Olympic venues, so the state police put teams of officers on…

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