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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The neighborhood of Lapa in Rio's Centro had an increased police presence this year through Carnival in an effort to reduce street crime and make the celebrations safer. Operação Lapa Presente (OLP) brought 180 police agents to the street, and according to authorities reduced crime by thirty percent from last year.

Lapa is famous for its art and traditional music scene of samba and forro, as well . . .

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