What happened on July 12, 1998
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Local Empowerment Key to Any Measure's Success DAVID W. FLEMING, David W. Fleming, an attorney, was Mayor Richard Riordan's co-chair for city charter reform. Fleming is chairman of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles city fire commissioner, a member of the California Transportation Commission and a former chair of Valley Industry & Commerce Assn
El Scapegoat BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High-Wire Act JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eastin's Reliance on Old Stats Does Schools a Disservice GEORGE RUNNER, George Runner is a Republican assemblyman representing the Antelope Valley and portions of the Santa Clarita Valley
41 Miles and an Ocean of Possibilities DOUG ADRIANSON, Doug Adrianson is editor of the Times Ventura County Edition editorial pages. Contact him at (805) 653-7580 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exemptions Would Take Heat Off Ban on Smoking in Taverns DAVID EZRA, David Ezra is a partner in an Irvine law firm. He has written several law review articles on the conflict between smokers and nonsmokers
It's a Brave New Fund-Raising World DENNY FREIDENRICH, Denny Freidenrich has lived in Orange County since 1970. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com
Surrounded by Suburbia MICHAEL ABLEMAN, Michael Ableman is director of Fairview Gardens and founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture
The More Homeowners File Suit . . . WILLIAM FULTON, William Fulton is editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report and author of "The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles."
Tough Love MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is an editor at the Riverside Press-Enterprise and a freelance writer
Dreamscapes TOM VANDERBILT, Tom Vanderbilt is a contributing editor of the Baffler and has written for Metropolis, Preservation and Landscape Architecture. He is the author of "The Sneaker Book: Anatomy of an Industry and an Icon."
Lost and Found BRIAN FAGAN, Brian Fagan is the author of many books on archaeology, including "From Black Land to Fifth Sun," "Time Detectives" and "Into the Unknown." General editor of "The Oxford Companion to Archaeology," he is a professor of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara
Brave New World KAREN STABINER, Karen Stabiner is the author of "To Dance With the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer."
How the Scopes Trial Framed the Modern Debate Over Science and Religion EDWARD McGLYNN GAFFNEY JR., Edward McGlynn Gaffney Jr. is a scholar-in-residence at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he is working on a manuscript for Oxford University Press called "Should Churches Be Taxed?"
Brother's Keeper JEAN HANFF KORELITZ, Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of a novel, "The Sabbathday River," to be published next year
Judgment Day HARRY SHEARER, Harry Shearer is an actor, writer and director who covered the Simpson civil trial for Slate magazine
Endgame DON FRANZEN, Don Franzen is an entertainment attorney whose practice has included trial and appellate work in federal and state courts
Against All Odds EDWARD LAZARUS, Edward Lazarus is the author of "Closed Chambers: The First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court" (Times Books)
The Math Behind Race, Crime and Sentencing Statistics John Allen Paulos, John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at Temple University, is the author of "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper" and the forthcoming "Once Upon a Number."
New Grand Strategy Uses Lofty and Material Desires G. John Ikenberry, G. John Ikenberry is professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
Enemy Is Bureaucrats, HMO or Feds William Schneider, William Schneider, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a political analyst for CNN
Bigger Court Won't Be Speedier GERALD F. UELMEN, Gerald F. Uelmen is a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. He serves on the board of directors for the California Habeas Corpus Resource Center and offered testimony in opposition to the Senate bill
A Tale Of Two Downtowns Eric H. Monkkonen, Eric H. Monkkonen, a professor of policy studies and history at UCLA, is author of "America Becomes Urban."
A Blow to Africa's Renaissance Chris Landsberg, Chris Landsberg is deputy director of the Center for Policy Studies
Ricardo Salinas Pliego Sergio Munoz, Sergio Munoz is an editorial writer for The Times
The Sins Of The Journalist Daniel Schorr, Daniel Schorr is a senior news analyst for National Public Radio. He covered Watergate and the CIA investigations for CBS and was senior Washington correspondent for CNN
Whose Test Is It, Anyway? Sigrid Bathen, Sigrid Bathen is senior editor at the California Journal, a magazine about politics and government
Bureaucratic Folly Costs Dearly LUIS RUBIO, Luis Rubio directs the Center of Research for Development, Mexico City. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org