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By Newsday | February 9, 1993
J. Edgar Hoover was gay and was a heavy gambler, says a new PBS documentary that attempts not only to confirm persistent rumors about the longtime FBI director's alleged homosexuality, but also to indict him for failing to nip organized crime in the bud."Hoover's personal corruption," says the investigation premiering on "Frontline" tonight (9 p.m., Channels 22 and 67), "corrupted the very mission of the FBI . . . it was while Hoover was director [from 1924 to his death in 1972] that the Mafia was allowed to grow rich and powerful."
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NEWS
By LYNN WILLIAMS THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY. Hillel Levine and Lawrence Harmon. The Free Press. 400 pages. $24.95. and LYNN WILLIAMS THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY. Hillel Levine and Lawrence Harmon. The Free Press. 400 pages. $24.95.,LOS ANGELES TIMES THE VESPERS TAPES. Albert DiBartolomeo. Walker and Co. 241 pages. $22.95 | February 16, 1992
DEATH OF A WARRIOR QUEEN. S. T. Haymon.St. Martin's.224 pages. $17.95.In a field near the Norfolk coast of England, where the semi-legendary Queen Boadicea made her final stand against Roman might, a team of archaeologists is piecing together the history of her last days. Dreaming of golden hoards, they turn up little but potsherds and other ancient flotsam.On a nearby beach, though, Inspector Benjamin Jurnet unearths something considerably more interesting. Annie Chance, whose mummified arm beckons him from a crumbled dune, is no warrior queen along Boadicean lines -- and she has not been dead nearly as long.
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By RANDI HENDERSON WOMEN ON TOP: HOW REAL LIFE HAS CHANGED WOMEN'S SEXUAL FANTASIES. Nancy Friday. Simon & Schuster. 460 pages. $22. and RANDI HENDERSON WOMEN ON TOP: HOW REAL LIFE HAS CHANGED WOMEN'S SEXUAL FANTASIES. Nancy Friday. Simon & Schuster. 460 pages. $22.,LOS ANGELES TIMES CONDITION BLACK. Gerald Seymour. Morrow. 336 pages. $20 | January 5, 1992
BLINDSIGHT.Robin Cook.Putnam.429 pages. $21.95.With a dozen successful novels behind him, Robin Cook would be a fool to give up the formula that has stood him in such good stead. Take a beautiful doctor, plop her into a treacherous situation, stir in a generous helping of medicalese for authenticity, and season with a light romance.All the ingredients are in "Blindsight," the doctor-turned-novelist's latest effort. Laurie Montgomery is a New York City forensic pathologist who suspects something fishy when a succession of prosperous yuppie types ends up on slabs in the medical examiner's office after cocaine overdoses.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | May 16, 1993
ROME -- Investigators probing the rubble of a bombing in th heart of Rome found more potential culprits than solid clues yesterday.In a city shaken by the attack, those seen as might-be bombers include international terrorists, the Mafia (perhaps trying to kill a TV talk-show host who was near the blast) and "dark forces" seeking to destabilize Italy at a delicate political moment.By police count, the bombing Friday night in the swank Parioli residential area injured two dozen people, destroyed 50 cars and damaged two schools, some shops and about 100 apartments in six buildings.
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By Art Buchwald | April 29, 1991
THE QUESTION I am asked more than any other is, why don't we just blow away Saddam Hussein and be done with it? I must admit that I think about it every waking moment, and watching Hussein go up in smoke is one of my fondest dreams.Long ago and far away, when the Bay of Pigs missed being our finest hour, the CIA contracted with the Mafia to have Castro killed. The Mafia tried everything, including poisoning Castro's cigars, but they didn't succeed.Today, there are many in the United States who feel that just because the brotherhood failed once doesn't mean we shouldn't give them a second chance.
NEWS
By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | June 12, 1994
ASTRAKHAN, Russia -- They're tough-looking customers, and very primitive. They weigh a ton, hardly looking as if they need the Kalashnikov-toting bodyguards that surround them now.Yet, about 600 of Russia's crack special forces have been deployed here to watch over these bruisers, who nonchalantly carry one of the world's daintiest delicacies.This is the time of year when the hulking Russian sturgeon swims up the Volga River from the Caspian Sea to lay the eggs that yield some of the world's finest caviar.
NEWS
December 16, 1991
Even the Teamsters -- especially the Teamsters! -- have finally been overwhelmed and embraced by the worldwide democracy movement. The union's first clean, free election in its 88 years of entrenched corruption has resulted in a marvelous victory for a reform slate of candidates. Risking violent retribution, they dared to defy the mobsters and embezzlers who held control for so long.Our congratulations to Ron Carey, the Long Island truck driver who is now president-elect of the largest, richest, most tainted union in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Pakenham | July 2, 2000
The year was 1967: "In the stone-filled village of Castellammare del Golfo facing the dark Sicilian Mediterranean, a great Mafia Don lay dying. Vincenzo Zeno was a man of honor, who all his life had been loved for his fair and impartial judgment, his help to those in need, and his implacable punishment of those who dared to oppose his will." So begins the prologue of "Omerta" by Mario Puzo (Random House, 316 pages, $25.95). Puzo died last July at 78, after a tough battle with heart disease and diabetes.
NEWS
By Marshall Goldman | December 27, 1991
Cambridge, Mass.--- SLIGHTLY more than a decade ago, we were doing all we could to bring the Soviet Union to its knees. But now the Soviet Union has disappeared as an entity and we find ourselves caught up in a debate, not about applying embargoes, but whether we should send financial help. to that one-time " evil empire."Certainly the former Soviet Union is in dire need of some form of help.The gross national product, as best we can tell, is down 20 percent to 25 percent, prices are up about 1,000 percent, the harvest is down 30 percent and an even larger percentage of shelves in state stores are empty.
SPORTS
By Robert Seltzer and Robert Seltzer,Knight-Ridder | November 6, 1991
Don King, calling his treatment by the media a "high-noon lynching," yesterday condemned two recent works of journalism that paint a negative picture of the boxing promoter.King labeled the two pieces -- a PBS documentary that aired last night and an article in Sports Illustrated that hit the stands last Thursday -- examples of "muckraking, yellow journalism."In a rambling, emotional attack that lasted an hour before the media got a chance to ask questions, King denied that he has ties with the Mafia, as both the documentary and the article allege.
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