What happened on October 31, 1999
Buchanan Is Too Wrong to Correct DONALD J. TRUMP, Donald J. Trump, a developer in New York City, is exploring a bid for the Reform Party presidential nomination
A Loss for the U.S. in World Raymond Garthoff, Raymond Garthoff, retired senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, served as counselor to the U.S. Mission to NATO and as U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria. His books include "The Great Transition: American-Soviet Relations and the End of the Cold War."
Sitting At The Table Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a research fellow at the Pepperdine Institute for Public Policy and a fellow at the New America Foundation
Ramon Cortines Richard Lee Colvin, Richard Lee Colvin covers education for The Times
We Must Think of Each Child in the LAUSD as Our Own HOWARD MILLER, Howard Miller, the chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District, is a former president of the LAUSD Board of Education. He also for many years was a USC professor of law
At a Time When Nothing Succeeds Like Success Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Economic Growth Meets Weak Local Government Sam Quinones, Sam Quinones, an Alicia Patterson fellow for 1998, is working on a book about Mexico
The Problem With 'Sticky' Pensions James H. Smalhout, James H. Smalhout is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of "The Uncertain Retirement."
Buchanan Feeds Class War in the Information Age David Brooks, David Brooks is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. His "Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" will be published next year
L.A.'s Other Oil Fields With Schools Built on Them Robert C. Bonner, Robert C. Bonner is a former U.S. attorney and federal judge in Los Angeles. He is a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which represents O'Melveny & Myers in a lawsuit initiated by LAUSD in connection with the Belmont Learning Complex project
Whose Bones Are They, Anyway? Karen Wright, Karen Wright, a science journalist, has written for Scientific American, Discover, Nature, Science and the New York Times Magazine
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Lord of Misrule JIM MANN, Jim Mann writes The Times' International Outlook column and is the author of "About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship With China From Nixon to Clinton."
Bitter Harvest SUSAN SPANO, Susan Spano is a Times staff writer
Love Song DONNA SEAMAN, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist
Bitter Harvest SUSAN SPANO and Susan Spano is a Times staff writer.
Up, Up, and Away ZACHARY KARABELL, Zachary Karabell is a contributing writer to Book Review and author of the forthcoming "The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Dicoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS
The Courtly and The Crude STEVEN G. KELLMAN, Steven G. Kellman is the author of "The Self-Begetting Novel" and co-editor of "Leslie Fiedler and American Culture."
God Knows PETER GREEN, Peter Green is the former fiction critic of the London Daily Telegraph
L.a. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages."
Creative Destruction ALEX SOOJUNG-KIM PANG, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a senior research scholar in the science technology and society program at Stanford University and on the editorial board of The American Scholar
The Last Picture Show JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review
First Fiction MARK ROZZO, Mark Rozzo is a contributing writer to Book Review
Boys to Men JONATHAN RAUCH, Jonathan Rauch is the author, most recently, of "Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working."
The Dubliner THOMAS FLANAGAN, Thomas Flanagan is the author of several novels, including "The Tenants of Time" and "The Year of the French."
Lust For Life EDMUND WHITE, Edmund White has written, among other works, a short life of Marcel Proust and a long life of Jean Genet
Ghost-Busted BETTY LOWRY, Betty Lowry is a freelance writer in Wayland, Mass
Lazy by the Lake DIANA MARCUM, Diana Marcum is a Palm Springs freelance writer
Bearly Out of the Woods GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Greg Miller is a writer in the Business section of The Times
(Get Me) Out of Africa FRANZ LIDZ, Franz Lidz is a writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of the memoir "Unstrung Heroes."
Outta Luck JIM BURNS, Jim Burns is an editor for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate
Time Bomb E. ARTHUR BOOTH, E. Arthur Booth is a writer and TV editor in Los Angeles
Making Dough Phuong-Cac Nguyen and * Gwyneth Paltrow bought one the day before she won an Oscar.
Seeing Red Again NANCY SPILLER, Nancy Spiller last wrote about tarragon, lavender and other seasonings for the magazine
The Once and Future Kings SCOTT COLLINS, Scott Collins last wrote for the magazine about director Steven Soderbergh
That Swing Thing PAMELA KRAMER, Pamela Kramer is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles