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Seventy years ago, Luciano’s Havana sojourn was cut short

February 22, 2017

In 1946, Charles “Lucky” Luciano was persona non grata in America. Though he was granted a pardon for his help with the U.S. war effort, the legendary kingpin of organized crime in New York was deported to Italy on February 10, 1946. American authorities thought they had seen the last of Luciano in the Western Hemisphere. But a few months later, on October 29, Luciano hopped on a plane to Havana, Cuba. At that time, the American Mob was moving into the Havana casino and hotel industry. It was an ideal place for Luciano to hang out and hold one of ...

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Wilkerson’s idea, Bugsy’s baby

On the evening of December 26, 1946, it seemed that Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel had done almost everything right for the…

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Castro revolution had major effect on Las Vegas

This is the third of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part one looks at the harsh blow Castro dealt…

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Mob involved in attempts to assassinate Castro

This is the second of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part one looks at the harsh blow…

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Fidel Castro derailed Mob’s plans in Cuba

This is the first of three blogs on the death of Fidel Castro. Part two looks at Mob ties to…

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Journalist tracks history of New York Mafia

In the summer of 1963, Joseph Valachi, longtime Mafia soldier involved in more than a score of gangland killings for…

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Howard Hughes and nuclear testing

When the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes arrived in Las Vegas 50 years ago this month and took up residence on…

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In the 1920s, American women were Ready to Roar

In popular culture, representations of the 1920s “flapper” present a misleading image of an over-sexualized and rebellious woman breaking away…

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