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A fatso fighting mafia  wannabe, could be a  contender for the  Vincent Gigante  faking award


By John Marzulli


The tale of the tape shows a fatso Mafia wannabe isn’t as sickly as he claims.

Heavyweight goon Richard Riccardi hobbles around with a cane due to a tumor on his hip which causes him “unceasing” pain, according to court papers — but a funny thing happened on the way to a jailhouse fight recently.

A video recording of the incident, which was captured by surveillance cameras at the Metropolitan Detention Center, shows Riccardi moving without a cane and fighting aggressively with another man, Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorneys Nicole Argentieri and Darren LaVerne stated in a sentencing memorandum.

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Deputies bust suspected brothel, seize drugs

A 19-year-old woman’s fall down a rocky mountainside in Eaton Canyon was caught on tape.


Maria Concetta Cacciola

Based on information from an informant, Italian police carried out a raid aimed at sixteen suspected members of a ‘Ndrangheta Calabrian mafia  cocaine cartel operating  across Europe, reports Ansa News

As part of a probe into cocaine smuggling connected to the Cacciola clan of the Calabrian mafia in Rosarno, police executed arrest warrants in  Germany, the Netherlands, and in Italy’s Reggio Calabria region

The probe began in  2006 when a  mafia widow  (Maria Concetta Cacciola) who wanted out the  criminal lifestyle , came forward and collaborated with Anti-Mafia  authorties against the Rasarno clan of the ‘Ndrangheta

Cacciola’s blood -thirsty relatives threatened her with violence to recant her statements made to authorities, and after threats of  harm to her children, she committed suicide

Authorities  credit information supplied by the  mafia widow for many of today’s  arrests.


Defense team for convicted  crime boss Whitey  Bulger set to appeal his two life sentences

Laurel J. Sweet

Convicted serial-slayer mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger’s much-anticipated appeal of his two life sentences will land Aug. 14 in Boston’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the First District, his public defenders alerted the court today.

“Mr. Bulger will argue on appeal that his right to a fair trial was prejudiced by both erroneous rulings of the trial court and acts and/or omissions by the government before and during trial,” attorneys James Budreau and Hank B. Brennan said in their filing.

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The New York Times film critics review “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Get On Up” and “Child of God.”

Jim Jones calls into TMZ Sports to tell us all about going to strip clubs in the day! Apparenlty the foods good too! Now what about the girls?

Would you have the wherewithal to punch a shark in the face if it was trying to eat you? Watch the panelists joke about Syfy’s latest movie.

CIA Apologizes for Searches of Senate Computers

July 31 (Bloomberg) — On today’s “The Roundup,” Trish Regan, Olivia Sterns, Cory Johnson and Eric Chemi wrap up the day’s top market stories on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)


Coming to a cinema near you in Autumn is David Ayer’s ‘Fury’ set during the final months before the end of World War II.

The film focuses on the battle-hardened crew of a Sherman tank called ‘Fury’ as they operate behind enemy lines.

The film stars Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

‘Fury’ hits the screen in October.

Now that he’s a Laker, Jeremy Lin is embracing his new home in a silly Hollywood-style video. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) shows us.

Police in Caserta seized assets  worth about 2 million euros belonging to the former boss of the Casalesi clan of the Camorra, located in the towns of Aversa and Casal di Principe.and Nonantola.

Acting on orders from prosecutors in Naples,police seized real estate, villas and land worth about 2 million euros belonging to Antonio Iovine.a Camorra crime boss, who turned canary and started singing to Anti-Mafia magistrates about his mafia cohorts a couple of months ago

Investigator identified 10 suspects who acted as agents for  Iovine and  falsely claimed ownership of  his property and  assets.

One of the properties was in the name of a young woman who aided him while he was on the run,and captured in 2010.

In his newly minted role as a mob rat,Iovine spilled to authorities about the 10 suspects

After making a name for himself in TV comedy, Chris Pratt is now an action star. He sat down with Buzzfeed’s celebrity editor Whitney Jefferson to talk about his new blockbuster “”Guardians of the Galaxy”” as part of the continuing “”Buzzfeed Brews with CBS This Morning”” series.

Actor Kelsey Grammer has testified against the appeal of the man who killed his sister nearly 40 years ago; Contract disputes have delayed production of ‘The Big Bang Theory'; ‘Girls’ actress Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in a new NBC musical

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, many Israelis are turning to technology. The popular ‘Red Alert: Israel’ app provides users with up-to-the-minute information on incoming rocket attacks from Gaza.



Weird and trending news of the day

A mobbed up man, who once bossed  a  Beverly Hills loan-sharking business and had his goons smack around slow paying deadbeats, is jammed up for a role in a sports book ring backed by the  Gambino mob


Joseph Isgro’s résumé tracks a peculiarly American life, a roller-coaster ride through Hollywood and the underworld, with associates ranging from rock stars to mobsters

He is a decorated Marine who became one of the nation’s most powerful record promoters in the 1980s. In the 1990s, he was cleared of payola charges in federal court. He went on to produce the film “Hoffa,” which received an Oscar nomination. In 2000, he pleaded guilty to running a loan-sharking business in Beverly Hills.

He has long been a reputed soldier in the Gambino crime family and recently promised to tell all about his life in a film still being developed, titled “Hit Man.

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At least 15 Palestinians, including a journalist and two paramedics, were killed when Israeli airstrikes hit a busy market place in Gaza.

The shopping area was busy because Israel’s 4-hour humanitarian ceasefire was supposed to have been in force. Israel’s four week bombardment has claimed more than 1300 Palestinian lives, the majority were civilians.


Michael Skakel’s legal team is claiming victory on the first day of their Connecticut court appearance Wednesday. Last year, a judge overturned Skakel’s murder conviction in the 1975 death of neighbor Martha Moxley.


Veena Sud tells THR the final six episodes of the Teflon-tough crime drama is an “unrelenting drum roll to the end. See  season-four trailer

The Killing returns for the final season 12:01 a.m. PT Friday on Netflix

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice apologizes to his wife and vows to speak out against domestic violence.

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Official Trailer #1 (2014) comedy starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams directed by Shawn Levy.

The wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) leaves New York City for London, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. An all-star cast joins Ben Stiller for this latest installment, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan and many more.

Taylor Swift has a laughably deep bench of friends, as we have previously documented in great detail—and she is decidedly not, it would seem, one of those people who likes to keep her various friends separate from one another, rarely integrating various friend groups.

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Vanity Fair



Truck driver ticketed for failure to secure tool in Massachusetts

The airline Jetstar warned passengers flying from Gold Coast City to Sydney that if they had anything on them they shouldn’t they should go ahead and flush it before landing because there were dogs waiting. This caused a bit of a controversy as Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) explains.

Forty-one alleged members and associates of a gang that operates in El Monte were indicted on a range of charges, federal officials announces. (Mapping L.A.)

More  than three dozen alleged members and associates of a San Gabriel Valley gang said to be controlled by the Mexican Mafia were indicted on a range of murder, robbery, drug trafficking and other charges, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Of the 41 defendants named in the 167-page federal racketeering indictment, 17 were arrested Wednesday morning, 15 were already in custody and nine are still at large, according to the Department of Justice.

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Los Angeles Times

The summer movie menu is out and the boys in green are back in a remake of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’.

The film stars Megan Fox as a journalist who comes across the fab four turtles who have developed super hero skills as a result of exposure to toxic waste.

Scajola, Rizzo e Matacena: le foto del trio a Montecarlo
Anti-mafia  prosecutors of  Reggio Calabria have  asked an Italian court for an immediate trial for former cabinet minister Claudio Scajola.Reports Ansa News

Scajola is under house arrest for allegedly  aiding and abetting  fugitive, Amedeo Matacena, once a powerful member of Parliament, convicted  of  ties to the Calabrian mafia

Prosecutors  also asked  for  immediate trials for  Matacena’s arrested and extradited wife Chiara Rizzo and his general factotum, Martino Politi. The pair allegedly tried to hide  Matacena’s assets to prevent them from being seized

Prosecutors say  Scajola  tried to help  transfer Matacena from Dubai to Lebanon, where  extradition is tougher  to secure.  Rizzo and Politi face identical charges.

Highlights from one of boxing’s brightest stars, Unified Junior Welterweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia.

Saturday, August 9 at 9PM ET/PT.

Watch Stunt Driver Ken Block's Jaw-Dropping Skills

July 30 (Bloomberg) –- Ken Block’s Gymkhana video series has earned more than 160 million views on YouTube. By integrating clothing product lines into his videos, Ken has been able to turn his viral fame into hard dollars. Video by: Drew Beebe, David Yim. (Source: Bloomberg)

Dennis Hof looking at several Valley locations

The Longest Week Official Trailer (2014) starring Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman directed by Peter Glanz

Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love.


The late Chris Kyle was sued by Ventura for claiming the former Minnesota governor spoke out against U.S. soldiers, resulting in a bar fight. Charlie Rose reports.


Zoe Saldana fuels pregnancy rumors; lawyers want off the Bryan Singer case; Aretha Franklin teases new record. (July 30)

The famed actor says he can forgive the man who killed his sister four decades ago.



Sinaloa drug cartel tied to meth operation in Minnesota


One of the four men accused of keeping a “stash house” for the Sinaloa drug cartel  in St. Paul has pleaded guilty   to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine

Antonio Navarro, 19, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Tuesday, clearing the way for the state to proceed on charges that include kidnapping, assault and robbery, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Navarro and the three other men are accused of kidnapping and torturing two Minneapolis teens they suspected of stealing drugs and money from the house in a quiet St. Paul neighborhood.

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The Grammy-winning singers, who have forged an unlikely team-up for an album of jazz vocal duets, went to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, to talk to students about pursuing their dreams of careers in the arts.


The Turner-owned cable network has picked up a third season of the unscripted series from exec producer Dick Wolf, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The true crime docu-drama will return with another batch of 10 episodes in early 2015. The show features a set of detectives that travel around the country helping  to crack cold murder cases like the  Alamogordo’s Pointer case

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The Beastie Boys founder reflects on the decade’s notable developments, and explains why you just can’t wear spandex at a gas station anymore.

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Charles Toll died as officers forcibly carried him out of his cell in a Tennessee prison. The case raises questions about when and how the procedure — known as a cell extraction — should be used.

Would you pick up a hitchhiking robot? CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on a robot hitching cross-country all by itself.

Two New Jersey men copped in Federal court  to fronting a mafia backed bookmaking operation based off-shore in Costa Rica


Two New Jersey men today admitted to conspiring with the Genovese organized crime family in an illegal sports betting website, said federal prosecutors

Joseph Graziano, 77, and Dominick J. Barone, 44, each pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in U.S. District Court in Newark. Both face sentences of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when they are sentenced in November.

The scheme involved a marriage of current tech and old school organized crime

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So how about a statue in honor of Jimmy Hoffa?


by John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas, a city made famous by infamous men, has no statue honoring one of the most important figures in its history: Teamsters union titan James Riddle Hoffa.

Do you think it should?

If Las Vegas can take pride in being home of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, then we certainly ought to have room in our hearts for the characters who helped make us what we are today. Not only do Benny Siegel and Moe Dalitz deserve statues in the town square, but room should be set aside for Jimmy Hoffa, too.

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Las Vegas Review Journal 

Police allege Kibby knowingly confined Abigail “Abby” Hernandez, then 14, on Oct. 9, as she walked home from school

LeBron James’ movie career is officially underway … with the NBA star roaming the NYC set of the new Judd Apatow flick he’s filming with Amy Schumer … and TMZ Sports has the footag



BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders.

If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong’s wife and other members of the “Gang of Four,” who mercilessly persecuted political opponents during the chaotic 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.

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