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By Alfred Rinaldi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Apart from being Rio's most vibrant nightspot, Lapa also has the sad reputation of being riddled by crime recently, with three people having been attacked in one week alone last month (December 2013). In a renewed push to meet this challenge and make the neighborhood safe for the World Cup and beyond, the authorities have launched Operação Lapa Presente (Operation Today's Lapa).

The operation's task force consists of 123 officers who patrol the area by car, bike and on foot every day between 9:30 PM and . . .

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