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Wired Magazine: Is the Mob skimming millions from Massachusetts Lottery scratch tickets?

Wired Magazine: Is the Mob skimming millions from Massachusetts Lottery scratch tickets?


It's not online yet, but the February edition of  WIRED magazine -- a special issue devoted to the underworld -- has a long piece about...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 24, 2011
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New magazine tells Boston’s war stories

It’s not too surprising that Kung-Fu Video owners James Bennett and Aaron Crawford are venturing into another retail niche that is largely considered commercially destitute.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010
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‘An honest story’

As exciting as A Bronx Tale is, its most dramatic moment happened offstage, in 1990 when Chazz Palminteri was performing his one-man show in Los Angeles and turned down a million-dollar deal for film rights because they refused to let him recreate his ro
Chazz Palminteri’s one-man Bronx Tale
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2010
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What's the scam?

Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without
Trying to bilk the Scientologists
By JIM SCHUH  |  September 25, 2009
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Up for the challenge

Rhythmafia have been on the scene for about four years, and in that relatively short time the Providence natives — Rob Cinami (drums and backup vox), Jamie Kearns (guitar), Zack Chagnon (bass), and frontman Sam Montes — have successfully delivered a bl
Rhythmafia: a new breed of mashup
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 28, 2009
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Swedish schnapps

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's Martin Beck mysteries are back in a fourth American printing.
The Martin Beck mysteries
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  December 02, 2008


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Downsizing the Mob

The arrest of 17 people last week as part of "Operation Mobbed Up" — as well as the subsequent discovery in East Providence of human remains thought to be those of Joseph "Joe Onions" Scanlon — put front and center the bygone days of the Rhode Island Mo
State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty discusses the fade of OC in RI
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 26, 2008

Playing to our strength

Well, despite the fact that Little Rhody has become the poster child for the national recession, leading all states in statistical categories like unemployment and debt per capita, it is nice to know that we are able to deflect public attention from our
Nothing like a mass bust for a sense of old-time mobbed-up Rhode Island
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2008

The friends of Jack Kelly

This article originally appeared in the July 4, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In the end, the adventure killed him
By DAVE O'BRIAN AND TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 08, 2008
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Rhode Island’s famous for you

How about a Providence Mobster Museum and Hall of Fame on Federal Hill, to celebrate our bygone years as New England’s headquarters of organized crime?
The time has come to capitalize on our scandalous past
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 12, 2007
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Revolver

Forget whatever you know about Guy Ritchie films.
Call the script doc
By TOM MEEK  |  December 05, 2007


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The dirtiest cop

This is what history writing should be.
 How Times Square corrupted the 20th century
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 30, 2007
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We Own the Night

James Gray’s film is in dire need of plausibility.
Gritty, macho, and lacking in grace
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 10, 2007
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Making it rain

The hardest-working man in sports these days has to be Worrick Robinson, lawyer for the 23 year-old wunderkind of sports jurisprudence, Adam “Pacman” Jones.
Sports blotter: "Contrary to the slogan, what happens in Vegas definitely does not stay in Vegas" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 28, 2007
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The Good Shepherd

The CIA and the Mafia have been in bed together at least since the Bay of Pigs in 1961, so why shouldn’t Robert De Niro turn the former’s history into a blue-blood version of The Godfather ? Watch the trailer for The Good Shepherd  (QuickTime)
A blue-blooded Godfather
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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Fateful Departed

No wonder the cops and the feds can’t catch Whitey Bulger: they’re too busy beating the shit out of each other. Watch the trailer for The Departed (QuickTime) Whitey wash: Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed. By Brett Michel
Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007


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For Mollis and Cicilline, it’s all relative

Is it something in the water?
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 10, 2007
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We found Whitey Bulger . . . and he’s still missing

I get a lot of calls about Bulger, but this one was different. Watch video footage of a possible Whitey sighting in California
Anniversary party: The FBI celebrates 12 years of failure
By DAVID BOERI  |  January 05, 2007
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The new U

Slowly, imperceptibly, the cumulative arrest record of current and former Ohio State University Buckeye football players is approaching the status of great football crime families, nearing the Olympus where live giants like Miami and Florida State.
Sports blotter: Buckeye edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 01, 2006
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Off with their heads

The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006
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Thug life

In the course of making Yakuza , producer Toshihiro Nagoshi underwent a strange transformation: in short, he assimilated many of the distinguishing physical characteristics of the Japanese mobster.
In Yakuza , c rime pays in the Japanese underworld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 27, 2006


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The plot thickens

This article originally appeared in the December 20, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Oliver Stone rewrites history with lightning in JFK
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2006
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The odd couple

Four days after being released from prison, the Whitey Bulger’s protégé was singing like a canary to a grandmother from Newton.
The unlikely story of how a BU professor and a Southie hit man stormed the bestseller charts
By JULIA DENNIS  |  April 20, 2006
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Brass balls and cold steel

John “Red” Shea’s close-cut hair — the hair that gave him that standard-issue Irish nickname — isn’t quite as fiery as it was when he was a young fighter coming up hard from G Street in South Boston.
Whitey Bulger soldiers John “Red” Shea and Patrick Nee tell their side of the story
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 05, 2006
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Howie Carr blows up

It’s Friday, and Howie Carr Incorporated is in full flog for his new book, The Brothers Bulger (Warner Books).
As Whitey makes him famous, the Bulger -scribe doesn’t have to worry about facts
By DAVID BOERI  |  March 16, 2006
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Find Me Guilty

Incorporating way too much real testimony, this tedious drama presents the ho-hum courtroom antics of Jackie DiNorscio (Vin Diesel), a wise guy intent on proving his loyalty to the Lucchese crime family.
Diesel proves his versatility, but does it mean anything?
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 14, 2006


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Family and fate

Series creator David Chase could easily have ended The Sopranos last year, in the fifth season.
The Sopranos finds the Tao
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2006

Tough time for Cheney

If the national media give attention to the totally demented ravings of the Christian Coalition’s ludicrous God-botherer Pat Robertson — most recently about Ariel Sharon — the Associated Press should pick up this following news.
The Veep is being punished for his misdeeds  
By  |  January 18, 2006