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2003 Stories by Eric Alan Barton

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  • The Blink of an Eye

    published December 4, 2003

    It was lunchtime on a hot Friday in October, and the Ortiz family cottage on Morton Avenue in West Palm Beach seemed to be bursting with restless... More >>

  • Shipped Off

    published October 23, 2003

    It's been too long since Joe Buffalino has smiled. We've been in the rumbling Greyhound bus for going on 30 hours now, and any sign of happiness... More >>

  • Mary Scary

    published October 23, 2003

    "She's hot and horny and double busty," says the DJ at T's in West Palm Beach. "Guys, put your hands together for former governor candidate Mary... More >>

  • 86ed

    published September 18, 2003

    The Sunset Lounge had just finished serving its last drinks late one night in June 2001 when Officer James Megathlin parked his patrol car around... More >>

  • Once when you were Pharoah...

    published August 21, 2003

    Irv Mordes has a manuscript under his wrinkled and spotted hands, but he doesn't want to open it yet. It's too soon. He needs to build up... More >>

  • Lion Country's Stud

    published August 7, 2003

    The sun had just peeked over the slash pines in Loxahatchee early on a recent Monday as Terry Wolf got ready for the dirtiest job around. He... More >>

  • Fall Gal

    published July 17, 2003

    Carla Coleman had many titles in her 18 years working for Florida Atlantic University, from low-paid research assistant to her most-recent gig as... More >>

  • Gunning for Profit

    published July 10, 2003

    Hernán Marcelo Vega should have his own infomercial describing his recipe for fast cash. Sure, it involves skirting a few hefty federal... More >>

  • Bloodletting

    published June 26, 2003

    Back in May, the South Florida Blood Bank brought in former surgeon general David Satcher and a cadre of local politicians to break ground on its... More >>

  • Straight to Video, Señores

    published June 12, 2003

    A smoke machine fills the doorway with fog as two studs enter from stage left. Looking as if they have just walked off the set of A Night at... More >>

  • Little League at 60 mph

    published June 5, 2003

    Usually, Sebastian Ordoñez is a race-car driver only when he's pushing toy cars across his bedroom floor. The 8-year-old will sputter... More >>

  • Good Morning, Rabbit Ears

    published May 29, 2003

    "Gooood morning, everybody," the guy with the comb-over bellows before stopping himself and turning to the blond woman on his right. "I mean,... More >>

  • Bailey Ain't Babs

    published May 15, 2003

    It's 28 hours before showtime and Jim Bailey hasn't found his inner woman. He's on stage for the final rehearsal at the Atlantis Playhouse, a... More >>

  • Ciro "Needed Killing"

    published May 1, 2003

    It began with a knock on the front door, as had so many murders before it. Ciro Garcia had come to the rundown trailer on Gun Club Road in West... More >>

  • Mosler's Makeover

    published April 17, 2003

    Walking around his Riviera Beach headquarters, one can easily figure out that Warren Mosler isn't trying to impress the buying public. The place... More >>

  • Jeb's Boy

    published March 27, 2003

    Nicholas J. Kalman sits on the edge of the high office chair and bends his slender upper body over the desk in front of him, neatly clasping his... More >>

  • The Fight Club

    published March 6, 2003

    It's the second round of an extreme fighting match in Atlantic City on Friday, and the crowd isn't happy. Fighter Din Thomas, who trains in Fort... More >>

  • Behind the Hedge

    published February 13, 2003

    A cold breeze rustles the thicket of cypress trees overhead as Octavio Ferro leans against a metal horse trailer, props his foot up behind him,... More >>

  • Farewell to the Fighting Pianists

    published January 16, 2003

    Soccer Coach Tom Ruth's cleats make a rhythmic clicking in the hallways of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts. The sound is foreign... More >>

  • The Old Guard

    published January 9, 2003

    At the head of a 20-foot table, the squat silver urn looks as if it should be under glass. It has been so meticulously polished that not a spot of... More >>

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