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Too early for obituaries

August 15, 2016

The recent indictments of 46 bosses, capos and members of several marquee New York organized crime families suggests that the old-guard Italian Mafia remains alive on the East Coast. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York, FBI, New York City Police Department and Westchester County, New York District Attorney’s Office contributed to the classic Mob bust. A federal grand jury charged the defendants with a kitchen sink of crimes, including racketeering, arson, extortion conspiracy, loansharking, conspiracy to assault, health care fraud involving corrupt doctors, illegal gambling, gun trafficking, sales of contraband cigarettes and credit card fraud through use of a “skimmer” ...

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Fifty years ago, Jay Sarno opened Caesars Palace and changed the face of Las Vegas

When hotel developer Jay Sarno unwrapped his innovative Caesars Palace hotel-casino for a prolonged grand opening party on August 5,…

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Mojitos, daiquiris and beyond

In the early 20th century Cuban bartenders, known as cantineros, created a unique cocktail culture that hit its zenith in…

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The Havana conference

  Mob meetings are tricky events to organize. Travel logistics aside, the conflicting personalities, territorial beefs, and ever-present threat of…

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Al Capone: The story behind his rise and fall

THE MAKING OF THE MOB: CHICAGO premieres Monday, July 11 at 10/9c on AMC   Born: January 17, 1899, Brooklyn, New York…

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Undercover, under stress

On September 28, 1977, 200 state troopers and FBI agents from all over New Jersey met at the armory in…

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When Luciano’s luck ran out

He told one of his cohorts, Florence “Cokey Flo” Brown, that he wanted to run his string of New York…

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Reader’s guide to Mob rub-outs

In New York’s long, rich history of organized crime, the death of Antonio Flaccomio is considered the city’s first Mafia…

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