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Mob Museum Opens Today Amidst Protest

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(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Las Vegas’ organized crime past will soon be on display to the public.  Today’s grand opening of the new 42-million dollar Mob Museum begins with a wedding of seven couples.  After a formal ceremony, the public will get its first look at the history of how mobsters influence life in Sin City.   Officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, it’s located in what used to be downtown Vegas’ post office and courthouse.  Mayor Carolyn Goodman expects the Mob Museum to draw about 300-thousand visitors a year.

Much of the Las Vegas Mob Museum’s 42-million dollar construction tab was funded with federal and state tax money.  That doesn’t sit well with one conservative group, which plans to protest the cost at today’s ceremony.  Former Mayor Oscar Goodman, who used to defend mob figures and has spearheaded the museum’s construction, is defending the price tag.  Goodman tells KVVU-TV he won’t let anyone “rain on this parade.”  The former mayor also called the museum’s critics, quote, “stupid people.”

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