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Gragg publishes book on mobster, organized crime in Las Vegas

Posted by on October 3, 2023

Bugsy’s Shadow: Moe Sedway, “Bugsy” Siegel, and the Birth of Organized Crime in Las Vegas, by Missouri S&T researcher Dr. Larry Gragg, was released Oct. 1.

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In the news: Condo collapse, Las Vegas film festival

Posted by on July 6, 2021

Dr. John Myers talks about structural engineering and newer building design technologies like alternative load paths in regards to the recent collapse of a high-rise building in Miami, on The Annie Frey Show on 97.1 FM St. Louis on June 30.

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Gragg publishes new book, talks at Mob Museum

Posted by on October 1, 2019

In his new book published in August, Dr. Larry Gragg tells the behind-the-scenes story of Las Vegas’ meteoric rise to becoming the multibillion dollar tourist industry it is today.

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In the news: Explosive engineering research, Las Vegas mobster, Lie-detecting kiosk, Mars Rover team, moon ice, Mazoon College visit, next-gen batteries

Posted by on August 7, 2018

  • Mining Magazine published the article, “Missouri S&T Team Takes on Explosive Engineering Research” on July 30 about research led by Dr. Kyle Perry, assistant professor of mining and nuclear engineering. In the study, Perry’s team will pair explosives with common mining materials, with the ultimate goal of improving mine safety.
  • Dr. Larry Gragg, professor emeritus of history, was interviewed by reporter Tom Hawley on channel KSNV in Las Vegas. In the news segment, which aired Aug. 1, Gragg discussed how mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel shaped Las Vegas.
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    What happens in Vegas … gets published

    Posted by on April 3, 2018

    Dr. Larry Gragg penned a chapter titled “Avoid Advertising the Obvious: Gambling and the Chamber of Commerce Promotion of Las Vegas in the 1950s” for the book All In. Gragg is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history. The book is a collection of essays that explores five aspects of American gambling history: crime, advertising, politics, religion and identity.

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    Gragg interviewed by the BBC

    Posted by on October 6, 2015

    Dr. Larry Gragg, Curators’ Teaching Professor of history and political science, was interviewed for the BBC World Service show Witness for its episode “Noel Coward Plays Vegas” on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Coward, the famed English playwright, singer and actor, performed at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas in 1955. Gragg provided background on organized crime in Las Vegas, Coward’s preparation for his performances and the importance of entertainment in attracting gamblers to casinos.

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