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World Cup Celebrations Subdued in Rio Working Class Neighborhood

Football fever is building as Brazil prepares to launch the 2014 World Cup on Thursday, but celebrations in some areas are subdued compared to previous years.   The weekly “feira,” or street market, in Vila Isabel, a working class neighborhood near Maracana Stadium. Shoppers look for bargains, but they say prices keep going up.   This neighborhood was always known for its fierce football [soccer] fans, according to vegetable vendor Luiz Henrique. “In the old days, there used...

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