A Semana: Elections, Banco Itaú, And Adriana Lima On TV

I am not an American citizen, so am not allowed to vote, but if I were you bet I would have voted already. And if you want to keep a close eye on the election, Andy is live blogging today over at Towleroad.

Brazil's second-largest nonstate bank, Banco Itaú, announced yesterday that it will purchase its rival Unibanco in an all-stock transaction that combines about $260 billion in assets, making the new bank Latin America's biggest financial institution. Only five US banks have more assets.

The motorcycle craze in Tabatinga, northern Brazil, makes its way to the NYT.

The homicide rate in São Paulo has dropped to 10.3 cases per 100.000 people, a 67% drop compared to 2000 data. The acceptable rate according to the World Health Organization is of 10 cases per 100.000 people, a goal the city hopes to achieve by the end of the year.

Watch a preview of Adriana Lima in Ugly Betty. Her accent is so cute.

Bravo is developing five new fashion-themed reality shows.

I love Chanel Iman, but is this for real?

After Ford brought her back from the ashes and got her a Givenchy ad campaign, model Ana Claudia Michels went back to Women, the very same agency that dumped her back in the day.

Cindy Crawford makes a super sexy comeback in the November issue of Vogue Paris.

Kaiser Karl goes shopping in the streets of SoHo.

Elton John has already confirmed two concerts in Brazil in January. He will be playing São Paulo on the 17th and Rio on the 19th. James Blunt will be the opening act. Tickets go on sale this weekend at www.ingresso.com.br.


I am an American citizen and you can be assured that I did not vote for McCain. He has lived near for years-an even better reason not to vote for him.

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