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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
By United Press International
John Travolta wants to play a James Bond villain

John Travolta wants to play a James Bond villain

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. actor John Travolta said he won't stop playing villains in movies until he's played a bad guy in a James Bond film.

NYC church in former Gotti stronghold vandalized

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Parishioners at a church in former mob boss John Gotti's old New York City neighborhood said vandalism wouldn't have happened if he were still around.
The Issue: The Kennedy assassination -- did the mob do it?

The Issue: The Kennedy assassination -- did the mob do it?

It's been nearly 50 years since bullets were fired at the presidential motorcade as it wended its way through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, killing U.S. President John F. Kennedy and spawning decades of speculation on whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or was part of -- or victim of -- a conspiracy with tentacles in Havana, Washington and perhaps Moscow.
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John Gotti Jr. stabbed on Long Island, not cooperating with cops

John Gotti Jr. stabbed on Long Island, not cooperating with cops

(UPI) -- John A. Gotti, the reputed former mob boss, was stabbed on Long Island on Sunday night but is refusing to cooperate with police investigating the incident.
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Widow of the late Gambino mob boss John Gotti hospitalized

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- Victoria Gotti, the widow of the late New York Mafia crime boss John Gotti, has been hospitalized for a stroke, the New York Daily News reports.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
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Obama nominates two chief regulators

Obama nominates two chief regulators

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- President Obama nominated two regulatory chiefs Thursday to take charge of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Witness: Gotti 'ruined' Gambino family

Witness: Gotti 'ruined' Gambino family

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- A mob informant says that John Gotti, who became a celebrity as head of New York's Gambino crime family, "ruined everything" through his love of publicity.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 2, 2012.

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Lohan to host 'SNL' next month

Lohan to host 'SNL' next month

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan announced via Twitter she is to serve as a guest host on "Saturday Night Live" in New York next month.
Ben Foster to play John Gotti Jr.

Ben Foster to play John Gotti Jr.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Actor Ben Foster has signed on to play John Gotti Jr. in Barry Levinson's mob saga "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father," The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

Mobster wants early release for transplant

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- A convicted New York mob associate of the late John Gotti is seeking early release from prison, saying he may need a kidney transplant.
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John Gotti
NYP99090326 - 03 SEPTEMBER 1999 - WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, USA: John Gotti Jr., son of Mafia godfather John Sr., leaves federal court in White Plains after the judge allowed him to postpone his incarceration for 45 days. He will return next month to serve a 6 1/2 year term for federal charges of fraud and racketeering. jr/mg/Monika Graff UPI
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John Joseph Gotti, Jr (October 27, 1940 – June 10, 2002) was an American mobster who became the Boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti grew up in poverty. He and his brothers turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, Gotti quickly rose in prominence, becoming one of the crime family's biggest earners and a protege of Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce.

After the FBI indicted members of Gotti's crew for selling narcotics, Gotti took advantage of growing dissent over the leadership of the crime family. Fearing that his men and himself would be killed by Gambino crime family Boss Paul Castellano for selling drugs, Gotti organized the murder of Castellano in December 1985 and took over the family shortly thereafter. This left Gotti as the boss of the most powerful crime family in America, which made hundreds of millions of dollars a year from construction, hijacking, loan sharking, gambling, extortion and other criminal activities. Gotti was the most powerful crime boss during his era and became widely known for his outspoken personality and flamboyant style, which eventually helped lead to his downfall. While his peers would go out of their way to shun attention, especially from the media, Gotti was known as the "The Dapper Don" for his expensive clothes and personality in front of news cameras. He was later given the nickname "The Teflon Don" because several attempts to convict him of crimes in the 1980 resulted in either a hung jury or an acquittal (i.e. the charges wouldn't "stick").

Gotti's underboss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano is credited with the FBI's success in finally convicting Gotti. In 1991, Gravano agreed to turn state's evidence and testify for the prosecution against Gotti after hearing Gotti on wiretap make several disparaging remarks about Gravano and questioning his loyalty. In 1992, Gotti was convicted of five murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion, and loansharking. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and was transferred to United States Penitentiary, Marion. Gotti died of throat cancer on June 10, 2002 at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

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