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Gray skies and green water at the Rio de Janeiro Games

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Skies and pools both darkened Wednesday as the sun-splashed Rio Games gave way to gray clouds and murky green waters. The Rio de Janeiro Olympics were drenched in rain and continued questions about why the diving well and water polo pools look so much like neglected aquariums. The third day of the men’s water polo tournament began in green-tinged water, though not nearly as dark as the neighboring diving well at the aquatics center. It was crystal blue the day…

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Rio Games an acid test for Olympics’ appeal in a grim world

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Even if only for two weeks, can “Faster-Higher-Stronger” overpower deadlier, scarier and bloodier? Can the Olympic Games still offer the world momentary levity, distract from terror, shootings, poverty and other worries in globally grim times? If not, what use is the multibillion-dollar celebration of youthful endeavor and mostly niche sports? Through no fault of their own, the athletes who will march in massed, joyful ranks behind their nations’ flags in Friday night’s opening ceremony for the first Olympic Games in…

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