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Rio de Janeiro's rich, oceanfront promenades have their own music, made immortal in Bossa Nova tunes such as "The Girl from Ipanema." Carioca funk, on the other hand, is the soundtrack to another city _ the one that doesn't make it onto postcards. As one hit tells it, funk is "black music, music from the favelas."
More than 3,000 police and soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers raced into Brazil's biggest slum before dawn Sunday, quickly gaining control of a shantytown ruled for decades by a heavily armed drug gang.
The reputed drug gang leader in this Olympic city was arrested Thursday, police said.