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The Las Vegas Review-Journal gives a video tour of the under-construction Mob Museum in Las Vegas.

The museum is slated to open next year.

Freedom may come soon for two geratric, reputed mob burglars after federal prosecutors suffered a setback this week in their efforts to keep them behind bars.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber on Wednesday refused to overturn a magistrate judge's ruling that allows Arthur "The Genius" Rachel, 71, of Chicago, and Robert "Bobby" Pullia, 69, of Plainfield, out on bond but puts them under house arrest.

The two men were charged along with Joseph "Jerry" "The Monk" Scalise, 73, of Clarendon Hills, with planning an armored car heist in west suburban LaGrange. The three also allegedly were scheming to rob the Bridgeport home of the late mob boss Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra, according to federal prosecutors.

Rachel and Pullia could be released from jail as early as late next week.

For now, prosecutors asked for the two men to continue to be held behind bars until they decide whether to appeal Leinenweber's decision to the federal appellate court.

Scalise's bond has not been set yet, although Leinenweber's decision could bode well for him.

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Get Capone

A Chicago writer has just released a new book on Al Capone. Read my review of it here.

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Vo Duong "Ben" Tran

In case you missed it over the weekend, here is a Chicago Sun-Times story that tells the interesting tale of Vo Duong "Ben" Tran, a former FBI agent sentenced to 30 years in prison last week for conspiring to rob a drug house.

Tran has a fascinating story behind him. You can read it here.

Below is a photograph of the weapons and tools of the trade the FBI recovered from him and a criminal associate.

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Weapons and other items recovered from Tran prior to his planned drug house robbery.

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