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Louie the Butcher missed his chance

Some years ago my friend Lem Banker the sports bettor was on a roll. His handicapping was skillet hot, and he invited his friend Louie the Butcher to follow his plays. Louie, who came by his nickname the hard way as a member of organized crime, saw...

Mafia Cops drug case defense rests

Defense attorneys Shari Kaufman and Richard Schonfeld rested their cases Thursday morning in U.S. District Court without calling government informant Steven Corso to testify against drug defendants Anthony Eppolito and Guido Bravatti. The defense...

And then Sherman says to Harry …

Five lines Majority Leader Harry Reid might have heard during his off-the-record meeting in Searchlight with Review-Journal Publisher Sherman Frederick. 1. “I’d hug you, Senator, but I’m wearing a Kevlar vest.” 2. “I don’t know why you’d think we...

So then Harry says to Sherm …

Five lines Review-Journal Publisher Sherman Frederick might have heard during his off-the-record visit to Searchlight with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 1. “Come out back, Sherm. I’ve arranged for a tour of this old mineshaft.” 2. “I was born...

Reid set to speak at labor rally

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is schedule to speak Thursday afternoon at the “Celebration of Nevada Workers” rally downtown. I didn’t say he was speaking to the Review-Journal, necessarily, but he is speaking. Look for this rally to not only...

Reid on a roll at ‘Tea Party’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s likeness joined the pantheon of players involved in the federal bank bailout at Monday’s ‘Tea Party’ at a defunct sports park on Sunset Road. His visage was printed on rolls of toilet paper created by excretory...