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The Rio the World Cup didn't show

Editor's note: This story contains strong language.

Wright Thompson delves into the complicated soul of Brazil in search of a true reality.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- There's shit in the water.

Two days after Brazil crashed out of the World Cup, on Thursday morning, one of Rio's foremost sanitation activists, Leona Deckelbaum, came down to Copacabana Beach to work.

She couldn't help laughing.

Tourists swam in the ocean across the street, and up and down the coast in both directions. In a city with a terrible sewage system even in the fancy neighborhoods and no complete sewage or water...

Scenes of defeat on the streets of Brazil

The streets of the Rocinha favela were eerily quiet after Brazil's shocking 7-1 loss against Germany on Tuesday.
The streets of the Rocinha favela were eerily quiet after Brazil's shocking 7-1 loss against Germany on Tuesday.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The gods knew. A heavy winter thunderstorm in Rio de Janeiro is an unusual and portentous thing, and when the skies turned dark an hour before Tuesday's kickoff, the people in the streets of the Rocinha favela looked up and waited. Some ignored it, or told themselves lies, but the sign was there for anyone who believed in that sort of thing. Cars and motorcycles snaked up the single street winding through Rocinha, a sprawling south zone slum, and pedestrians rushed up and down...