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Would L.A. be better off without the Olympics?

Would L.A. be better off without the Olympics?

As epic collapses go, Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics wins points for speed, if nothing else. On Monday, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he didn't intend to sign the International Olympic Committee's required pledge to cover any cost overruns on the Summer Games. Within hours, the U.S. Olympic Committee, which had anointed Walsh's city as its chosen candidate just six months earlier, was saying, “Boston who?” All eyes now turn to the runners-up — primarily Los Angeles, but San Francisco and Washington as well — to see if a new U.S. candidate can be salvaged from the wreckage before the Sept. 15 bid deadline. But should the rejects even...

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