Amid crisis, Rio gov. warns Olympics could be ‘big failure’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s acting governor warned Monday that the Olympic Games could be a “big failure,” because of budget shortfalls that threaten to compromise security and mobility during the games. In an interview with Rio’s O Globo daily, Francisco Dornelles said the state is still …

Rio Olympics becoming reality; bring cash for souvenirs

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Olympics will become a tangible reality on Friday, when one of its so-called “Mega” souvenir shops opens on Copacabana Beach. Bring plenty of cash, at least for anything more than a keychain that sells for 25 Brazilian reals ($8). A commemorative gold medal will …

UPI Almanac for Friday, July 1, 2016

On July 1, 1908, more than a thousand suffragettes in London attempted to rescue 28 of their fellow protesters who were arrested by police following a demonstration in Parliament Square. Today is Friday, July 1, the 183rd day of 2016 with 183 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars …

Quote of the Day

“Here we are, fighting the West’s war against terrorism. But although the West promises help, it never comes.” ~IBRAHIM MUSTAFA, a 29-year-old commander in Surt, Libya, where forces organized under the auspices of the United Nations-backed unity government are attacking the Islamic State.   Source: Quotation of the Day – …

Celebrity birthdays for July 1, 2016

Actress Olivia de Havilland is 100. Actress Leslie Caron is 85. Actress Jean Marsh (“Upstairs, Downstairs”) is 82. Bluesman James Cotton is 81. Dancer Twyla Tharp is 75. Actress Genevieve Bujold is 74. Singer Deborah Harry of Blondie is 71. Singer Fred Schneider of The B-52’s is 65. Singer Victor …