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10 Things You Need To Know Today: August 6, 2016

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THE WEEK

*(Note: In my opinion #10 is fascinating…like something out of a Jules Vern novel!)

1. Rio Olympics kick off with a flamboyant Opening Ceremony after early setbacks
The Rio Olympics are here, launching Friday night with a colorful Opening Ceremony featuring fireworks, samba dancers, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, a bicycle parade, and much more. Perhaps in a nod to the many risks and controversies surrounding the Games, actors Fernanda Montenegro and Judi Dench read a 1945 poem declaring, “It’s still a time of feces, bad poems, hallucinations, and waiting.” Though Friday’s festivities went smoothly, there have already been early setbacks for the Games: The International Olympic Committee banned a third of Russia’s athletes due to a widespread doping scandal; Rio officials had to literally cut a gate openWednesdayat the Maracana Stadium after losing the keys; and American interest in this year’s Games is

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