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The biggest Mafia sweep in American history

January 20, 2021

The morning of January 20, 2011, was a particularly early one for many in law enforcement. Before dawn, more than 700 federal agents spread out across the Northeast and rounded up 127 mobsters in the largest single-day takedown of organized crime in American history.  Ten separate agencies (including the FBI, DEA and Secret Service), with assistance from ten others, including the Italian National Police, provided assistance and logistical support. Attorney General Eric Holder said at the time, “Today's arrests and charges mark an important step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nostra’s illegal activities.” Those illegal activities were a laundry list of ...

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Ten alternative products made by breweries during Prohibition

American businesses have become adept at producing alternative products during the global Covid-19 pandemic. Distilleries have been producing hand sanitizer…

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Phyllis McGuire, singing star and Sam Giancana paramour, dies at age 89

Phyllis McGuire, the last of the popular McGuire Sisters singing trio and onetime girlfriend of Chicago Outfit boss Sam Giancana,…

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Big Mob trouble in the Big Easy

Organized crime’s influence in New Orleans is at the center of a legal drama airing on Showtime through January. Titled…

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Re-edited ‘Godfather: Part III’ wins applause

Francis Ford Coppola’s re-edit of The Godfather: Part III is receiving praise from critics who say the changes have streamlined…

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Blowing the whistle on Mob-connected sports betting

In the fourth quarter of a 2002 NBA conference playoff game, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant elbowed the Sacramento…

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The Kefauver hearing in Las Vegas

The U.S. Senate’s Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, chaired by Tennessee Democrat Estes Kefauver, focused attention…

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‘The Godfather: Part III’ is getting a makeover

With a thunderstorm raging outside the kitchen window, Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part III expresses anger at the Mafia…

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