LOUISIANA: Maestri Rides Again

Huey Long's machine fell apart after an assassin's bullet knocked Huey out of the driver's seat in 1935. But the machine has been patched up. This week it rolled as smoothly as ever through the quaint, crooked streets of New Orleans.

In the driver's seat now sits squat, swarthy Robert Sidney Maestri, Mayor of New Orleans. Grandson of an Italian immigrant, Maestri is one of the richest men in Louisiana. His father made a fortune selling furniture to the love-for-sale ladies in the cribs of the Vieux Carré. When the cribs were raided,...

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