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Brazil Kiss Nightclub Tragedy: One Year Later

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - On January 27, 2013, 242 young men and women in the student town of Santa Maria in Rio de Grande do Sul state lost their lives when a fire broke out inside the windowless Kiss nightclub during a concert. One year after the second-worst fire in Brazilian history, questions remain over whether the tragedy resulted in tangible action to prevent a similar incident from taking place again.

One year after President Dilma Rousseff and several lawmakers made promises to enact legislation that would enforce stricter fire safety regulations . . .

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