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Resource ID: #17835
Subject: Organized Crime
Source: Village Voice (New York)
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Date: 13-Mar

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Robbins profiles Doug LaChance, a former newspaper drivers union president and alleged mob associate. LaChance, who has a lifetime contract to deliver the New York Times that pays him about $200,000 a year, has been imprisoned twice and has also been the subject of an eight-year-old racketeering case brought by a Manhattan district attorney. Despite stepping down as president of the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union in 1993, many members still consider him the union's major power. And law enforcement officials believe that LaChance wields his influence on behalf of the Luchese crime family. Robbins explains that thugs like LaChance are descendents of gangsters hired by newspapers in the early 20th century to help them gain market share -- by any means necessary.

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