Two sisters are helping police track down their father, who abused them and murdered their mother and younger sister in the 1980s:
"DNA analysis quickly confirmed that Gloria's mother, Nilsa Padilla, was the murder victim known for decades as "Theresa Torso." Gloria's father, Jorge Walter Nuñez, instantly became the only suspect. For Miami-Dade police, it was a breakthrough in one of the department's oldest and most vexing cases. For Gloria, it was salvation.
"'They thought I was crazy,' she says of the cops, foster parents, and caseworkers who ridiculed her claims for years. 'Now they know I'm not.'"
PUBLISHED: May 8, 2013
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5575 words)
An investigation reveals that Major League Baseball stars including the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Giants' Melky Cabrera allegedly received banned substances:
"Open the neat spreadsheet and scroll past the listing of local developers, prominent attorneys, and personal trainers. You'll find a lengthy list of nicknames: Mostro, Al Capone, El Cacique, Samurai, Yukon, Mohamad, Felix Cat, and D.R.
"Then check out the main column, where their real names flash like an all-star roster of professional athletes with Miami ties: San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A's hurler Bartolo Colón, pro tennis player Wayne Odesnik, budding Cuban superstar boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz. There's even the New York Yankees' $275 million man himself, Alex Rodriguez, who has sworn he stopped juicing a decade ago."
PUBLISHED: Jan. 29, 2013
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5544 words)
The complicated business of helping Cuban baseball talent find their way to the U.S., and eventually the Major League:
"At some point — either before leaving Cuba or postdefection — every player needs a baseball agent. The seedier practitioners of this trade are often called buscónes, or searchers. Sometimes they bully clients into paying. 'I've heard of agents who hold players at gunpoint,' says Gus Dominguez, a Cuban-American from Los Angeles who has negotiated contracts for major-league Cuban exiles such as Rey Ordóñez and Yuniesky Betancourt. 'I've heard of agents who threaten to break their clients' legs or arms.'
"Dominguez should know about the dark seams of the business. In 2006, he was indicted for smuggling ballplayers through Key West. The feds built their case on the word of a convicted drug trafficker who claimed Dominguez had paid him $225,000 — borrowed from major-league catcher Henry Blanco — for the work."
PUBLISHED: April 18, 2012
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3485 words)
(AltWeekly Award Winner, 2011) When Scott Storch was 8 years old, he was dizzied by a soccer cleat to the head. His mom did not take such injuries in stride. She had been apoplectic when Scott lost his baby teeth in a living-room dive five years earlier, leaving him with a Leon Spinks grin. "I was an overly worrisome mother," admits Joyce Yolanda Storch, who goes mainly by her middle name. "I was overbearing to a fault."
PUBLISHED: April 22, 2010
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5188 words)