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Evangelical Rio mayor skips Carnival, drawing ire and praise

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella did the unthinkable over the last week: He snubbed the city's legendary Carnival.

And in doing so, the retired Pentecostal bishop exposed sharp divisions in a society known for easygoing attitudes toward sex and celebration but with a large-and-growing evangelical community that loathes a bacchanalia famed for its round-the-clock partying and overt sexual displays.

Crivella's unheard-of decision to stand up organizers at the

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