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Wacky Vegas Mayor Plans Mob Museum

If Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman has his way, the history of the city's early days will not be forgotten. Goodman wants Vegas to create a "Mob Museum" to show how underworld figures and others were essential in the creation of the gambling mecca.

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we noticed with horror that all of its casino historical museums had closed. Las Vegas is in a perpetual state of disintegration and rebirth, with little time to think about the past.

So Mayor Goodman's proposal for the yet unnamed museum in a historic courthouse building sounds great. In a survey he had conducted in April, Vegas tourists liked the idea of the Organized Crime Museum. Goodman appears uniquely qualified to make it happen -- the popular mayor used to be a defense lawyer, his clients were some of the legendary racketeers and mobsters the museum could enshrine.

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