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

August 4, 2020

In a gift shop at the Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Sammy Davis Jr., practicing with a golf putter by a display, spotted a Nevada gaming official and asked to have a word with him. The state official, Ed Olsen, having gone toe-to-toe with Davis’ friend Frank Sinatra for allowing a mobster inside Sinatra’s Lake Tahoe casino, remembered thinking, “Oh, God, here comes a brawl for sure.” As recalled in James Kaplan’s 2015 book Sinatra: The Chairman, Olsen instead received a thank you from Davis for putting Sinatra in his place. “He’s needed this for years,” said Davis, a popular performer whose talents ...

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DEA attacks top Mexican drug cartel with 600 arrests across U.S.

The operation was named “Project Python,” presumably reflecting an effort by federal law enforcement to squeeze the life out of…

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From shoe-leather reporter to Mob movie screenwriter, Nick Pileggi remembers it well

Author and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi is enjoying a couple of major career milestones this year. Two groundbreaking Mob movies he…

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DEA report: Drug overdoses top cause of death for Americans

Drug poisoning was the chief cause of injury deaths among Americans from 2011 to 2017, more than the loss of…

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Longtime Colombo figure John ‘Sonny’ Franzese dies at 103

The violent, sociopathic and amazingly long life of John “Sonny” Franzese, a former Colombo crime family underboss who once ran…

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FBI director outlines threats from transnational organized crime

Editor’s note: On February, 5, 2020, Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, delivered a report to the…

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Giovanni Brusca: No. 5 on list of Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen

In this fifth and final installment in our series on the Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen, we profile a…

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Joe “The Animal” Barboza: No. 4 on list of Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen

In this fourth installment in our series on the Top 5 most notorious Mob hitmen, the focus shifts to the…

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