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Apology to Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman Runs in National Newspaper

2 July 2003

LAS VEGAS – As reported by the Associated Press: ``Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman made sure it did not go unnoticed that a New York publishing company apologized to him over a book that claimed he attended a meeting in which the killing of a federal judge was plotted.

``Farrar, Straus and Giroux apologized to Goodman in a letter that was published in the July 6 edition of The New York Times Book Review. Early copies of the book review already have been distributed. Las Vegas readers should see the apology letter in the newspaper's Sunday editions.

``The letter was part of a confidential settlement between the publisher and Goodman for a passage in "Positively Fifth Street," a recent book about high-stakes poker and a high-profile murder trial that hit No. 7 on The New York Times' best seller list.

``James McManus, the book's author, wrote that Goodman, a former mob attorney, was part of a cabal that hired a hit man for $50,000 to kill Texas U.S. District Court judge John Wood - "or so the lore has it."

``…Part of the publisher's apology letter on page 21 of the book review reads:

```We would like to assure you that the book was not intended to state as a fact that Mayor Goodman was present at any such meeting or was in any other way involved in the assassination of Judge Wood. We hope that no reader misunderstood the passage to constitute an assertion of fact about Mayor Goodman, and we apologize to Mayor Goodman if any readers did misunderstand it.’…”

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