What happened on May 02, 1999
Life Is Precious--or It's Not BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel is "The Poisonwood Bible" (HarperCollins, 1998)
David Hepburn Matt Lait, Matt Lait covers the Los Angeles Police Department for The Times
Employment David Kusnet, David Kusnet, a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, was chief speech writer for President Bill Clinton from 1992-1994. He is the author of "Speaking American: How the Democrats Can Win in the '90s."
The New Isolationists Thomas Bender, Thomas Bender is professor of history at New York University and director of the Project on Cities and Urban Knowledge. He is the author of "Community and Social Change in America."
Military Caleb Carr, Caleb Carr is a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and the author of "The Alienist" and "The Angel of Darkness."
Japan Richard J. Samuels, Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is author of "Rich Nation, Strong Army: National Security and the Technological Transformation of Japan."
Yugoslavia Alex Alexiev, Alex Alexiev, an international business consultant, writes frequently on Russian and Eastern European affairs
Development William Fulton, William Fulton, editor and publisher of the California Planning & Development Report, is the author of "The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles," which will be published in paperback later this year
What Was Davis Thinking? FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist
Don't Further Empower Cliques BERNARD LEFKOWITZ, Bernard Lefkowitz is the author of "Our Guys: the Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb," which will air as a television movie in May
Iraq Daniel Byman and Matthew Waxman, Daniel Byman is a policy analyst at the Rand Corp. and Matthew Waxman is a consultant at Rand
How the Stanford 9 Test Institutionalizes Unequal Education Alex Caputo-Pearl, Alex Caputo-Pearl, who teaches 6th grade, is a member of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, a nonprofit organization involved in community organizing
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Los Angeles vs. Orange County: Each Has Its Virtues and Vices JENNY BIOCHE, Jenny Bioche is Newport Beach freelance writer. She hosts "The Parent Rap" Fridays at 6.30 p.m. on 88.9 KUCI FM
Whispering Walls JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Making a Point With Pedals and Petals STEVE CHAWKINS, Steve Chawkins is a Times staff writer. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Tighter Controls--and More Carnage TOM McCLINTOCK, Assemblyman Tom McClintock (R-Granada Hills) represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County
Misadventure Passing as Policy LOIS CAPPS, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) represents Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in the U.S. Congress
Cinco de Mayo's Message Lost in Blitz of Alcohol Marketing VICKY GONZALES, Vicky Gonzales is coordinator of the Coalition for Community Development in the La Colonia neighborhood of Oxnard
Keeping Kids Safe Means Accepting Responsibility TOM PRINZ, Tom Prinz is a marriage, family and child counselor in Ventura. Alolfo Camarillo High School PTSA will sponsor a free seminar by Prinz at 8 p.m. May 10 at the school library / media center, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. Topic: "Tips and Tools for Surviving the Teen Years."
Shedding Light on the Dark Side ANNA GORMAN and MASSIE RITSCH and MATT SURMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Failure of Prop. 1 Doesn't Erase Needs LAURA CHICK, Laura Chick is the Los Angeles City Council member for the 3rd District. She chairs the Public Safety Committee
Running Out the Gunrunners WALLY KNOX, Assemblyman Wally Knox (D-Los Angeles) represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Westside
Reading Tips And Notes / Expert Advice KRIS D. GUTIERREZ, Kris D. Gutierrez is an associate professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Keeping a Healthy Following SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Force-Fed Inspiration RICHARD NATALE, Richard Natale is a frequent contributor to Calendar. Times staff writer Susan King also contributed to this report
Chanteuses of Chant ELAINE DUTKA, Elaine Dutka is a Times staff writer
Remade for the Millennium GEOFF BOUCHER, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer
Put the Blame on Fame DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten is a frequent contributor to Calendar
A Veritable Feast for the Ears EMORY HOLMES II, Emory Holmes II is an occasional contributor to Calendar
You Only Live Once JOHN M. GLIONNA, John M. Glionna is a Times staff writer
The Chill Factor ROBERT ABELE, Robert Abele is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles
Against All Odds JOHN NAUGHTON, John Naughton is a journalist and author. He's a commissioning editor for the British edition of GQ, a contributing editor on Empire and film editor of Q
The Return of the Pink Rambler AMY ALKON, Amy Alkon's column, "Ask the Advice Goddess," appears in 60 newspapers
Piano Lessons MICHAEL TOLKIN, Michael Tolkin is the author of "The Player" and "Among the Dead."
Getting It Straight CARLA HALL, Carla Hall is a Times staff writer. Her last article for the magazine was on style consultant Suzi Joi Kiefer
Eat 'Em and Weep NANCY SPILLER, CNancy Spiller last wrote about tall food for the magazine
Welcome to Multicultural U. CAROL LYNN MITHERS, Carol Lynn Mithers is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Her last piece for the magazine was a profile of human-rights activist Pippa Scott
California Corner LAURIE K. SCHENDEN. Schenden's e-mail address is email@example.com.
Egyptology 101 SUSAN SPANO, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Ship to Shore SHARON BOORSTIN, Sharon Boorstin is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
Regal Sailing on New Sea Princess SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
Rim to Rim, A Grand Hike DAN LEETH, Dan Leeth is a freelance writer who lives in Aurora, Colo
Believe It or Not, Ripley's Desert Is Full of Wildlife JOHN McKINNEY, John McKinney is coauthor, with Cheri Rae, of the just-published "Mojave National Preserve: A Visitor's Guide" (Olympus Press, $12.95)
Up and Down the Danube ALLENE SYMONS, Allene Symons is a business writer who lives in Santa Ana
My Life in Luggage SYLVIANE GOLD, Sylviane Gold is a freelance writer who lives in New York
Can We Fight? EDWARD LUTTWAK, Edward Luttwak is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and author of "Turbo-Capitalism: Winners and Losers in the Global Economy."
Holy Land JOHN UPDIKE, John Updike is the author of numerous books, most recently, "Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel." This essay will appear as the introduction to the first American edition of "The Haunted Major," which has just been released by The Ecco Press
Home Run TOM MILLER, Tom Miller is the author of "Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro's Cuba" (Basic Books). He worked as a consultant to ESPN in Havana when the Baltimore Orioles played in March
An American Original JOSEPH RYKWERT, Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books, including "The Dancing Column."
Gothic Irony MICHAEL CARROLL, Michael Carroll's reviews have appeared in Punch magazine and the Guardian and his fiction most recently in "Men on Men 7" (Plume Books, 1998)
American Tabloid ANN LOUISE BARDACH, Ann Louise Bardach is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She wrote about the Ramsey case and was the first to publish, in Vanity Fair's October 1997 issue, the text of the ransom note