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The Sahara is remembered as one of the Rat Pack’s favorite haunts and where an emphasis of lounge acts set standards for other joints that followed. Don Rickles, Johnny Carson and Louis Prima entertained here, and its first performance was from Ray Bolger, who played the scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Acting crime boss convicted of gangland hit
NEW YORK — A flashy New York City mobster has been convicted of federal charges he ordered a gangland hit in 2004.
A Brooklyn jury reached the verdict against former acting boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano on Monday, its fourth day of deliberations.
Basciano, 51, was serving a life sentence for an attempted murder conviction in 2007. This time, prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for the killing of a mob associate who ran afoul of the Bonanno organized crime family.
The trial featured testimony by former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino, the highest-ranking member of a New York City Mafia family ever to testify against his own.
Home burns down during bedbugs treatment
CINCINNATI — A two-family home was destroyed when a heater being used to kill bedbugs set a carpet on fire, fire officials said.
The house was being treated Sunday by an exterminator who said he gets rid of the pests by raising a home’s temperature to 135 degrees using propane heaters. Residents are told to leave and remove anything flammable.
Cincinnati Fire District Chief Glenn Coleman said the carpet was ignited by one of six heaters inside the home. The fire went undetected until a neighbor saw smoke pouring from the house.
The exterminator, Richard Tyree, blamed an equipment malfunction for the fire and told the Cincinnati Enquirer he’s never had a problem before. He says his company has insurance.
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