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‘Goodfellas’ still going strong after 30 years

September 10, 2020

In the painting, a man with white hair and beard, his left hand steering an outboard motor, is piloting a small boat through a narrow waterway. Two dogs are along for the ride in the open air. One dog is looking one way. The other dog is looking the other way. This painting hangs in screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi’s New York City apartment. His mother drew it from a picture in National Geographic magazine. For 30 years, after being briefly displayed in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 movie Goodfellas, the painting has been popular among film fans. Scorsese’s own mother, Catherine, playing the parent of a ...

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Capone, Torrio and the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida

Ninety-five years ago, during the summer of 1925, Florida was in the midst of a massive land boom. Real estate…

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Frank Cullotta, Chicago Outfit associate who led the Hole in the Wall Gang burglary ring in Las Vegas, has died

Frank Cullotta, leader of the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang burglary ring in Las Vegas, died early Thursday in…

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Mobsters in the military

Historically, the U.S. military has alternated in size between small standing armies in peacetime and vastly expanded forces during war….

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Netflix’s ‘Fear City’ reveals how FBI, prosecutors built the Mafia Commission case

The Netflix documentary series Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia tells the story of the investigation and prosecution of…

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Frank Sinatra’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

In a gift shop at the Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Sammy Davis Jr., practicing with a golf putter by…

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Following the facts to possible Hoffa hit house

In the fall of 2019, as a mentor of mine out East closed in on where Jimmy Hoffa’s body is…

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Culling out the card sharks

Gambling was always a backdrop in the nascent years of Las Vegas, a popular if illicit activity for railroad workers,…

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