GEORGE ANASTASIA: Decimated by a 20-year onslaught of federal prosecutions, bloody internecine power struggles, and turncoat testimony, the local branch of La Cosa Nostra — which in the 1980s had roughly 80 members — now has a base of about 20 “soldiers.” And nine of them are in prison. Simply put, the Philadelphia Mafia has fallen on hard times. It is no longer the dominant player in the underworld, and is dwarfed in size by some of the area’s more violent drug gangs. MORE
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