What happened on September 19, 1999
LAPD's M.O. Hampers Deadly Force Inquiries KATHERINE MADER, Katherine Mader, the first LAPD inspector general, served from 1996 to 1999
The Unexpected Quest Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, a political historian and commentator, is the author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His new book is "The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America."
Commentary : Clergy on the Front Lines ALTAGRACIA PEREZ, The Rev. Altagracia Perez is rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Philip the Evangelist in Los Angeles
Hurricanes: Is This the Calm Before the Storm? Daniel A. Lashof, Daniel A. Lashof is a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council
A Virtual Political Community 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 Get Carried Away ETHAN A. NADELMANN, Ethan A. Nadelmann is director of the Lindesmith Center, a drug policy institute with offices in New York and San Francisco
Alice Rivlin Joel Havemann, Joel Havemann is a news editor at The Times' Washington bureau. He covered the economy for six years
Allure of Death: The U.S. Way of Life Gary Laderman, Gary Laderman, a professor of American religious history at Emory University, is the author of "The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883."
Spreading Chaos in Central Asia Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg, who lived and worked for several years in Central and South Asia, is the author "Politics at the Heart: The Architecture of International Assistance to Afghanistan."
Another Farm-Laborer Tragedy, With a Political Spin Ruben Navarrette Jr., Ruben Navarrette Jr., a student in public administration at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is the author of "A Darker Shade of Crimson."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
State Looks to Lawyers to Reform Nursing Homes GARY N. STERN, Gary N. Stern, an attorney specializing in elder abuse litigation, is a public member of the state Department of Consumer Affairs' Respiratory Care Board. He lives in Granada Hills
Signing On Mom and Dad to Improve Student Performance BEVERLY KELLEY, Beverly Kelley teaches in the Communication Department at Cal Lutheran University. Her book, "Reelpolitik: Political Ideologies in '30s and '40s Films," has been published by Praeger. Address e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Airport Framework Ignores Noise Burden on the Valley HOWARD L. BERMAN, Democratic Rep. Howard L. Berman represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Westside
Reading Tips And Notes / Insights From The Classroom Robin Radlauer-Cramer teaches fifth grade at Valley Elementary in the Poway Unified School District in northern San Diego County.
Accurate, Respectful Teaching About the Faiths of Our World SHABBIR MANSURI, Shabbir Mansuri is founding director of the Fountain Valley-based Council on lslamic Education, a national resource organization that promotes accuracy in textbooks and the successful teaching about religion in public schools. Susan L. Douglass, a scholar affiliated with the council, assisted with this article
Laws and Order DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Losing Their Game ALAN EISENSTOCK, Alan Eisenstock's last essay for the magazine was about umpiring a Little League game, with two on and two out in the final inning--and his son at bat. He is the co-author of "Inside the Meat Grinder" (St. Martin's Press)
Mollusks with Muscle DONNA FRAZIER, Donna Frazier last wrote about a watermelon-ginger refresher for the magazine
A Warm-Up Act PAUL BROWNFIELD, Paul Brownfield is a staff writer in The Times' Calendar section
'They Made Us Warriors" BOB BAKER, Bob Baker is a Times assistant Metro editor
L.A. Answers a Holy Calling KRISTIN HOHENADEL, Kristin Hohenadel is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Thoroughly Modern Giselle JENNIFER FISHER, Jennifer Fisher is a frequent contributor to Calendar
The Dalai Lama's View MARK SWED, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic
Circus Maximized JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Featured Attractions SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
No Musical Boxes for Him JOHN HENKEN, John Henken is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Hitting Close to Home JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
A New Lawman in Town GREG BRAXTON, Greg Braxton is a Times staff writer
Best of Both Worlds ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a Times staff writer
Further Up the Spiral ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
Pride and Prejudice TOM HAYDEN, Tom Hayden is a California state senator from Los Angeles and the author of numerous books, including "Reunion," "Lost Gospel of the Earth" and "Irish Hunger."
Eyes Wide Shut RICHARD SCHICKEL, Richard Schickel is the author of "Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies" and is film critic for Time magazine
Hindsight LESLIE BRODY, Leslie Brody is the author of the memoir "Red Star Sister."
L.a. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages."
The Confidence Man PETER GREEN, Peter Green is the former fiction critic of the London Daily Telegraph
Tummyache JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review
The Outsider PETER COLLIER, Peter Collier is the author, with David Horowitz, of "The Roosevelts: An American Saga." He is writing a memoir about growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the '50s
The Wisdom of Roger Shattuck NADINE GORDIMER, Nadine Gordimer is goodwill ambassador to the U.N. Development Program. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. Her most recent novel is "The House Gun."