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9 September 2002

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The crowning achievement of Rodrigo X's young life wasn't graduating from school or scoring a goal on the soccer field — it was throwing his first hand grenade. The 16-year-old is a combatant in this city not officially at war, but where hundreds of children and adolescents die each year from small-arms fire. "I looked to the street and the police were coming," the teenage gang member told researchers. "I started exchanging fire with them.... (

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