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March 19, 1989 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER JR and KIM MURPHY and RONALD L. SOBLE, This story was reported by Times staff writers William K. Knoedelseder Jr., Kim Murphy and Ronald L. Soble
Meyer Lansky--the underworld financial genius who parlayed six decades of loan sharking, gambling, prostitution and murder into a $300-million fortune--had acquired the status of a living legend when he was deported from his retirement refuge in Israel in 1972 and returned, a haggard and tired man, to face arrest in Miami. "That's life," the 68-year-old gangster told reporters at the time. "At my age, it's too late to worry. What will be will be."
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March 19, 1989 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER JR and KIM MURPHY and RONALD L. SOBLE, This story was reported by Times staff writers William K. Knoedelseder Jr., Kim Murphy and Ronald L. Soble
Meyer Lansky--the underworld financial genius who parlayed six decades of loan sharking, gambling, prostitution and murder into a $300-million fortune--had acquired the status of a living legend when he was deported from his retirement refuge in Israel in 1972 and returned, a haggard and tired man, to face arrest in Miami. "That's life," the 68-year-old gangster told reporters at the time. "At my age, it's too late to worry. What will be will be."
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May 15, 2011 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Las Vegas — For years, this town did its best to ignore its ties to organized crime, to the inconvenient fact that if Mt. Rushmore were in Vegas, the faces etched in granite would include Meyer Lansky and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, who financed the Flamingo, or Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the surprisingly powerful "food and beverage director" of the Stardust. But Las Vegas is well versed in indulging in too much of a good thing, the evidence painted in the bloodshot eyes of the tourists who wend their way back down the 15 on a Sunday or in the glut of homes and casinos that helped drive the economy to a standstill in the last few years.
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