CRIME: Vegas Vanishing Act

Even in Las Vegas, a town not noted for softies, Al Bramlet, 59, stood out as mean. The high-living, free-spending boss of Local 226 of the Culinary Workers Union, which represents 22,000 employees in Nevada's casino hotels and restaurants, Bramlet made enemies as effortlessly as gamblers throw dice. Following a strike last March, his own rank and file accused him of selling out to employers with sweetheart contracts. Other union chiefs despised him as a double-crosser. Establishments that resisted his organizers had fire-bomb problems. But like Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa, Bramlet is...

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