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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...