- The star witness in the government's case against a dozen alleged Chicago mob figures pleaded guilty Friday to taking part in a conspiracy that included 18 slayings.
- Nicholas W. Calabrese -- under heavy security -- admitted that he took part in planning or carrying out 14 of the slayings, including that of Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, long known as the Chicago mob's man in Las Vegas, and Spilotro's brother.
- Calabrese said little at the hearing. But when U.S. District Judge James Zagel asked what he did for a living, he said: "Aside from illegal activities, I was a rigger at McCormick Place," the large exposition hall on Chicago's lakefront south of downtown.
Gee, a mobster working at McCormick Place? No show? What else goes on there?