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President Warren G. Harding stands with Mme. Marie Curie outside the White House in Washington, on May 21, 1921 after he presented the co-discoverer of radium with one gram of the precious metal. The gift was made on behalf of the women of America so she may continue her work for science and humanity. At left is Florence Harding, wife of the president. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK: The overwhelming news in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics has been about the rampant dysfunction of the host city, Rio de Janeiro, and for good reason. The stories are gruesome and sensationalistic, filled with the kinds of pulpy details that make a mental imprint deeply difficult to dismiss.