October 21, 1988 |
You might think that a rock is a more powerful weapon than paper. But not in the game of rock-paper-scissors. You might think that the sleaze factor would easily overpower the whimsy factor. But not in Things Change, an offbeat fable much in the spirit of Being There. You might think the grasshopper would easily gobble the ant. But not in this collaboration of hard-boiled playwright David Mamet and soft-yolked cartoonist Shel Silverstein, respectively the creators of memorably sleazy and whimsical characters.
July 26, 2013 |
SURE, the South Philly mob ain't what it used to be, but that doesn't mean that there aren't still stories to be told about La Cosa Nostra . And National Geographic has got the goods. Six hours' worth. "Inside the American Mob," a six-part series, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. "It's the small, personal stories on both sides of the coin, from the Mafia and the prosecutors that chased them," said Michael Welsh, the series' executive producer. "You're getting multiple points of view on the same events over the course of the mob history.
November 2, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - A Democratic congressman compared the NCAA to the Mafia over how it controls the lives of student athletes. "I think they're just one of the most vicious, most ruthless organizations ever created by mankind," Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush said of the NCAA at a congressional forum on college sports Tuesday. "I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia. " Rush made the accusations at the forum called to look at the impact of "back-room deals, payoffs and scandals" in college sports.
November 10, 1990 |
The Mafia, a fertile source of material for American writers, usually appears in plays, books or films about crime. Armand's Place may be the first work in which a Mafia don plays a role - not unexpectedly, a negative one - in a play about race relations. In this case, the Mafia gets a bad rap, and the play by Ron Schultz suffers a great loss of credibility by having a mob leader named Don Thomas Del Vecchio as a character. Armand's Place, receiving its initial production from Venture Theater, is set in a pool hall in Queens in 1974.
July 26, 2000 |
Reputed Junior Black Mafia associate Trent C. Pickard doesn't scare easily. But yesterday, Pickard had a worried look on his face just before a jury was about to enter a courtroom with a verdict in his kidnapping case. His emotional low came when more than six sheriff's deputies marched into the room and took positions against the walls. "Oh, this can't be good," defense lawyer Joseph C. Santaguida said to Pickard. But the concern was unjustified. Within minutes, Pickard, 31, was all smiles.
August 2, 1988 |
The chief of police detectives in this Sicilian capital resigned yesterday, deepening a crisis in Italy's battle against the Mafia. The resignation of Antonio Nicchi came two days after Italy's top investigator of organized crime, Giovanni Falcone, and eight fellow magistrates resigned from the "anti-Mafia pool" in Sicily, asking to be transferred. Last year Falcone won the cooperation of Tommaso Buscetta, the former gang boss, whose unprecedented revelations made possible the convictions of 19 crime bosses and hitmen and more than 300 others in Italy's biggest judicial assault ever on the Mafia.
October 4, 1986 |
Angelo Lonardo is the eldest and loftiest statesman of the Mafia to have bound himself over to the federal prosecutors as certified authority on its secrets. Lonardo was an underboss of the Honored Society's Cleveland family in 1980 when he was sentenced to life without parole with 103 extra years thrown in after being convicted of narcotics dealings he still swears he never touched. He was in his 70s by then, and whatever strength of character had qualified him for his great office was so enfeebled that a year in prison was enough to set him crying mercy to the FBI. Lonardo completed his metropolitan debut as a government witness at the trial of six paladins of the Mafia's presumed ruling commission one day last week.
May 13, 1992 |
If the daily movie listings are as comprehensive as we like to think they are, Oliver Stone's "JFK" seems to have slipped into the black void that exists somewhere out there beyond the reaches of the most remote country drive-ins. And still the interest Stone revived in the November 1963 slaying of President John F. Kennedy continues to dominate mail and phone traffic into this office. From an address modestly removed from the glitter of the "Strip" in Las Vegas, a retired U.S. Army career noncom informs me he has the names and nationalities of a trio of former French Foreign Legionnaires who were recruited in Damascus, Syria, and flown over here to assassinate Kennedy for a collective bounty in excess of $60,000 plus expenses.
December 9, 1988 |
In the matter of Spike Fumo, a kid from Brooklyn best described as street- dumb, it is possible for honest men and women to have a difference of opinion. Not to mention dishonest men and women. In the candid appraisal of Baldo Cacetti, the Mafia chieftain who rules the Bensonhurst section, Spike is "a loser. Face facts. His dad's a jailbird, his old lady's a dyke, and Spike ain't got no future. " In the kinder opinion of Angel Cacetti, his Mafia princess of a daughter, Spike is just another "dumb Italian guy, but he is cute.
June 4, 1989 |
It's a multinational organization that boasts staggering profits, gilt- edged connections, managers with advanced degrees, a vast workforce known for ruthless efficiency - and, like many other enterprises, a hungry eye for the profits to be had when Europe unites economically by the end of 1992. Most people know it as the Mafia. Long classified as a "local problem" of southern Italy, the Mafia is increasingly recognized today as a powerful criminal - and economic - phenomenon that not only threatens the rest of Italy, but also all of Europe and beyond.