"Brazil literally killed its own Olympic mascot," tweets Reuters Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks while sharing the news that an Amazon jaguar was shot dead at an Olympic torch ceremony (at 2,000+ shares). The photo opportunity took place during a stop on the torch's journey through over 300 Brazilian cities before its arrives at Maracanã Stadium on Aug. 5. "The team mascot is a cartoon jaguar, too," further elaborates colleague Luciana Lopez. "Maybe using wild animals as part of a spectacle isn't such a good idea, Brazil," scolds financial columnist James Saft. "What else can go wrong with Rio Olympics? A plague of locusts?" wonders James Cobb, formerly of Detroit Free Press. Still, Tom Manning probably tweeted it best: "These Olympics are off to a great start."
In other trending news, the Clinton Foundation reportedly was breached by Russian hackers, which would make them the next victim in what looks like a Russian espionage dragnet in advance of the 2016 election. "Could Russian hackers give rise to a second Hillary e-mail issue?" pointedly asks Winnie O'Kelley at Bloomberg News. "Was her private server more secure?" snarks ProPublica's Charles Ornstein. And then there was the unsettling breaking bulletin of the three gun enthusiasts arrested with multiple loaded guns, knives, and body armor at Holland Tunnel, on their way to Queens where they say the hoped to free a friend "held against her will." "I can't imagine why police were skeptical of these people," muses Jake Grovum at the Financial Times. "Not 'terrorists' just fully tacticooled 'gun enthusiasts' taking 6 weapons and 2,000 rds to Queens. What a relief!" sarcastically tweets Dan Murphy. And they were ready to do it with this truck, by the way.