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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.
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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.
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March 4, 1992
NEW YORK -- John Gotti made sure the job got done right when Mafia boss "Big Paul" Castellano was assassinated, driving slowly past the bullet-riddled body to make sure he was dead, Gotti's former right-hand man testified.Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano described the 1985 hit during his second day on the stand Tuesday at Gotti's murder-racketeering trial.Prosecutors allege Gotti orchestrated the slaying of Castellano and his bodyguard, Thomas Bilotti, outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan to seize control of the Gambino family, the nation's most powerful crime organization.
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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.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | May 25, 2000
Linda Tripp gets off scot-free -- in Maryland's judicial system. Won't face 10 years in prison. Doesn't have to worry about a $20,000 fine for her alleged violation of the state's wiretap laws back in December 1997, when she began compiling her tape library of Monica Lewinsky's confidences. But for those of you who think Tripp is lucky -- she was, by the way, the only major figure in the impeachment scandal to face a criminal charge -- consider the sentence doled out, one liner at a time, in the court of public opinion.
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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.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 5, 2001
DETROIT - At the end, with his kidneys shot and his heart failing, mobster Anthony Giacalone's moment of fame was a fading memory. His one-time world of big cars and bookies, of sleek suits and shakedowns, was, if not in ruins, then at the very least aging and vulnerable, with a few outright bumblers in the ranks. "Nitwit Incorporated," one defense attorney called them, referring to two wise guys in Giacalone's gang whose misadventures were taped by the FBI. They botched appointments, got lost, fretted over gun permits, and blithely wondered aloud - as recorders rolled - whether anyone was eavesdropping.
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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.
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