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New book 'exposes' Chicago mobsters

Mob aficionados will kill for a copy of "Pay, Quit, or Die," which is on its way into publication by former Chicago Police Department Vice Det. Sgt. Don Herion. I caught a glimpse of the book, and it's filled with interesting stories and some of the...

Gordie Margulis dies

On his last night in Las Vegas, a physically frail and mentally fractured Howard Hughes was carried down eight flights of stairs at the Desert Inn before slipping away like a ghost on a jet ambulance.

Hughes aide Margulis near death

Las Vegas resident Gordon Margulis, one of the only real friends Howard Hughes had in the final years of his eccentric life, is nearing the end in a hospice on the west end of the valley, reliable sources have confirmed. Gordie has been one of the...

No love between casino owners in Macau

When Stanley Ho decided against adding to his string of casino pearls in Macau recently, it must have come as at least a little relief to his competition. But that doesn’t mean Ho, the former uncrowned king of Macau, has decided to play nice with...