What happened on October 04, 1998
Mysteries MARGO KAUFMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dream Drive Up 395 KEVIN RODERICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Roderick is a senior projects editor at the Times
Gold Opportunity AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Pyle writes from The Times' Sacramento bureau
Closer Look at the Real Alaska SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
Soloing in 'Bali Hai' SUSAN E. JAMES, James is a writer who lives in La Canada Flintridge
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
MisterClean MARY MCNAMARA, Mary McNamara is a staff writer for The Times' Life & Style section
First Fiction MARK ROZZO, Mark Rozzo's "First Fiction" column appears monthly in Book Review
True West CAROLINE FRASER, Caroline Fraser is the author of "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church," forthcoming next fall from Metropolitan Books
Missing the Point: A Dissent JULIUS LESTER, Julius Lester is the author of 28 books. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is a professor in the Judaic studies department and adjunct professor in the English and history departments. The 30th anniversary edition of his "To Be A Slave" has just been published
Minority of One GLORIA EMERSON, Gloria Emerson, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is the author of several books, including "Gaza: A Year in the Intifada: A Personal Account from an Occupied Land."
Native Son LINDA MATHEWS, Linda Mathews, who covered the Supreme Court for The Times from 1972 to 1976, is now senior national editor of USA Today
One Nation, Under God JACKSON LEARS, Jackson Lears teaches American cultural history at Rutgers University. He is working on a book about gambling and luck in American history
The Elections Will Depend on What Women Voters Want Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior associate at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University and a political analyst for KCAL-TV
Don't Count Them Out Yet FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is assistant to the editor of The Times and a regular columnist
A Symbol of Civic Reconciliation Joe Scott, Joe Scott is a Los Angeles political consultant and former columnist for the Herald Examiner
How to End Clinton's Mess and Be Happy Stephen Gillers, Stephen Gillers, professor of law at New York University, teaches legal ethics and evidence
Non-Kohl Must Learn to Lead Charles A. Kupchan, Charles A. Kupchan, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, was on the staff of the National Security Council during the first term of the Clinton administration
The Clogged Arteries of a Troubled Economy Robert E. Litan, Robert E. Litan is the director of the economic studies program at Brookings Institution and author of "American Finance for the 21st Century."
The Drug War Corrupts Absolutely Eva Bertram and Kenneth Sharpe, Eva Bertram, a policy analyst, and Kenneth Sharpe, professor of political science at Swarthmore College, are coauthors of "Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial."
A Tale of Two Southern Presidents James C. Cobb, James C. Cobb, B. Phinizy Spalding distinguished professor of history at the University of Georgia, is the author of "The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity."
Bradleyism as Corporatism ERIC MANN, Eric Mann is the director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles
Choices and Consequences KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Karen Grigsby Bates is a regular contributor to this page
Peter Schwartz Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is Director of the JSM+ New Media Lab
Financial Follies Charles R. Morris, Charles R. Morris is the author of "The Cost of Good Intentions," an analysis of the New York fiscal crisis. His new book, "Money, Greed and Risk: An Analysis of Financial Crises," will be out next year