Tycoons: Action in Las Vegas

By his own account, Frank Sinatra has "admired and respected Howard Hughes for many years." But last week his feelings became less felicitous. While Recluse Hughes remained in his suite in Las Vegas' Desert Inn, which he bought last March, Frank was doing his best to tear down another recent Hughes acquisition, the Sands Hotel. Drowning his sorrow after his casino credit was cut off at a mere $200,000, Sinatra 1) tried unsuccessfully to set fire to his suite, 2) jerked all the telephone jacks and trunk lines out of the hotel's switchboard, 3) promised a pit boss that...

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