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The Curveball

BY MICHAEL N. CIAMPO For many of us who played ball, there was a pitch that was the hardest to hit: the curveball. Sometimes it came in slowly and it looked like a meatball ready to be hit a mile; suddenly, it went out of the strike zone and out of the reach of your bat as you swung. If you never had the opportunity to hit one out of the park, then you'd better be prepared, because you're sure to be thrown one on a run in the future. Pulling up to the 32-story "fireproof" multiple dwelling, we had fire showing from the third-floor patio terrace. Unfortunately, from the street you couldn't tell if it was just outside or if it involved the apartment and was already self-venting ou...

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