Bloody accident and rain mar joyful Rio carnival

Bloody accident and rain mar joyful Rio carnivalThe truck, topped with one of the extravagant floats that symbolize the world’s most famous carnival, was at the tail end of the Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school parade — the first of six schools competing overnight. Brazilians living through two years of steep recession and nearly 13 percent unemployment have grasped this year’s carnival as a chance to let off steam. In Rio especially, the thrill of hosting the Olympics six months ago has given way to the grim reality of rising crime and near bankruptcy of the state government.