Nation IN BRIEF : PENNSYLVANIA : Reputed Philadelphia Mobster Fatally Shot

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A reputed mobster was shot to death in his car outside a popular South Philadelphia diner in what police said was another attack in an escalating war for control of Philadelphia's crime family. Frank Baldino, 46, was shot several times as he sat in his car parked outside the Melrose Diner, Philadelphia Chief of Detectives Richard Zappile said. Baldino is believed to be a longtime associate of Joseph Merlino, who police say is heading a gang of younger men trying to seize control of the mob from the reputed current boss, John Stanfa.

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