What happened on October 18, 1998
Space Stations CARON GOLDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Caron Golden is a San Diego freelance writer
Enter the Fake Russians David Wise, David Wise is the author of "Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million."
A Troubled Economy's Reckoning Hour Arrives Sidney Weintraub, Sidney Weintraub holds the William Simon chair in political economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Good Neighbors or Bloodshed? DAVID BAR-ILAN, David Bar-Ilan is director of policy planning and communications in the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Lessons of Park Barrel Politics 101 PETER NAVARRO, Peter Navarro is a professor of economics at the Graduate School of Management, UC Irvine, and the author of "San Diego Confidential" (QT Press, 1998). He ran for mayor of San Diego in 1992
The Man They Love to Hate Sean Wilentz, Sean Wilentz is a professor of American history at Princeton. He is spending this year as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Anointing the 'Devil You Know' Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of "Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition" and is writing a book about U.S. foreign policy
Clinton's True Loyalists Gerald Horne, Gerald Horne, director of the Institute of African-American Research at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is author of "Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s."
The Desecration Of Civic Discourse Martin E. Marty, Martin E. Marty is a professor of the history of religion at the University of Chicago and senior editor of the Christian Century Magazine. He directs the Public Religion Project, a nonprofit group analyzing the role of religion in public life
The Real November Stakes: Who Controls Reapportionment Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn, a business consultant, was a member of the Legislature's reapportionment staff in 1971 and 1981
Rule of Law Means Rule of Employers ALEXANDER COCKBURN, Alexander Cockburn writes for the Nation and other publications
A National Election With Overarching Scope Franklin J. Havlicek, Franklin J. Havlicek is a former NBC and Washington Post executive and editor of "Election Communications and the Election of 1992."
Marwan Muasher Richard B. Straus, Richard B. Straus is editor of the Middle East Policy Survey
The Logic of Dreams JENNY UGLOW, Jenny Uglow is the editorial director of Chatto & Windus and a biographer and critic whose most recent book is "Hogarth: A Life and a World."
Hmm JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch is a contributing writer to the Book Review and the author of "Moses: A Life."
Love Hurts VIVIAN GORNICK, Vivian Gornick is the author, most recently, of "The End of the Novel of Love," a collection of critical essays
Teeth Set on Edge HAROLD BLOOM, Harold Bloom is author of numerous books, including "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human," which will be published by Riverhead Books on Oct. 26. His essay will appear as the introduction to "The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren."
Memories of Underdevelopment ANN LOUISE BARDACH, Ann Louise Bardach, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, co-wrote a five-part investigative series on Cuba in the New York Times this year
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Plan Is the Product of Citizens, Not Pro-Airport Bureaucrats ALAN ELLSTRAND, Alan Ellstrand, an Irvine resident, is an assistant professor of management at Cal State Long Beach. He is media director for Project 99
Growth Boundaries? Portland's Cautionary Tale SAM STALEY, Sam Staley, Ph.D., directs the Urban Futures Program (www.urbanfutures.org) for the Los Angeles-based Reason Public Policy Institute (www.reason.org). As a researcher and consultant, he has authored two books and more than three dozen studies, articles and reports on urban development problems and policy
For Growers, 1st Defense Should Be Beneficial Insect Habitats CINDY DOUGLAS, Cindy Douglas is field coordinator and pest-control advisor with the Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology and is a pest-control advisor with Rincon-Vitova Insectaries Inc. of Ventura, which sells beneficial insects
Inflated Voter Rolls Raise the Bar for VOTE Petition BRUCE L. BIALOSKY, Bruce L. Bialosky of Studio City is a certified public accountant and a member of the board of directors of Valley VOTE
I've Got Him Under My Skin FRANZ LIDZ, Lidz is a staff writer for Sports Illustrated and author of the memoir "Unstrung Heroes."
Under Budget Down Under LUCY IZON, Izon is a Toronto-based freelance writer. She can be reached at http://www.izon.com
Dying to Get Home DEBRA KAUFMAN, Kaufman is a Venice-based writer who covers the entertainment industry
Blown Over by the Scenery ELIZABETH TENNEY, Tenney lives in Mammoth Lakes, Calif
Robbed Blind K.E.S. KIRBY, Kirby, a former editor at The Times, is an American freelance writer based in Thimphu, Bhutan
Sailing Into the Millennium Sunset 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
Central Coasting NANCY L. BLACKBURN, Blackburn is a Central California-based freelance writer
Remains of the Day ELEANOR EMERSON, Emerson lives in the Boston area
Beach Food Bingo LAURIES OCHOA, Laurie Ochoa is The Times' food editor
Home, Sweet Mobile Home TARA ISON, Tara Ison is the author of "A Child Out of Alcatraz" (Faber & Faber), for which she was a 1997 Times Book Award finalist for best first fiction
An Alternative Universe PAMELA WARRICK, Pamela Warrick is a staff writer in The Times' Life & Style section