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Thursday, May 28th

FIFA busts at Baur au Lac: Inside the five-star takedown “As the bust unfolded, Baur au Lac staff did their best to continue offering top service to their guests, even those being hauled off for questioning. At one point a front-desk clerk was overheard on the phone helpfully advising a man that, yes, he would need to open the door. Within an hour, the men were led, un-handcuffed, to the hotel’s back entrances with cops towing their luggage behind them. To shield the guests from the prying eyes of waiting journalists, Baur au Lac staffers held up ironed white linens to screen off waiting cars.” (Also: How Sepp Blatter controls soccer. And: The human toll of FIFA’s corruption.)