Opinion, by Michael Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - There’s a reason we seek to know more about the significant others of professional athletes, politicians, actors, rock stars, and even CEOs. Behind our fascination lies a suspicion that these people prop up the careers of their lovers in mysterious ways.

Recent history suggests that Rio de Janeiro’s drug bosses need their girlfriends and wives for far more than romance. If these women matter to their men, then they also matter a lot to Rio’s efforts to pacify the city’s favelas.

The last to make the news was . . .

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