What happened on April 30, 2000
Blood Simple F.X. TOOLE, F.X. Toole is the author of a collection of stories, "Rope Burns," to be published by The Ecco Press / HarperCollins in September
Letter From Alexandria CYNTHIA HAVEN, Cynthia Haven has written for a number of publications, including The Washington Post and the San Jose Mercury News
Calling Mr. Ed PAM HOUSTON, Pam Houston is the author of "Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories," "Waltzing the Cat" and, most recently, "A Little More About Me."
Dr. Feelgood SYLVIA BROWNRIGG, Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of a novel, "The Metaphysical Touch." Her short stories, "Ten Women Who Shook the World," will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in June
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The Politics of O.C. in the First Person ELEAZAR ELIZONDO, Eleazar Elizondo is chairman of the Community Redevelopment and Housing Commission in Santa Ana, and has been an aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer and to Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana)
War and Remembrance SCOTT MARTELLE and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On Lofty Goals and Accountability We Agree--and Little More JASON WOMACK, Jason Womack lives in Ojai and teaches social studies at Nordhoff High School. He also is a private learning and leadership consultant for students 13 to 18. You can reach him at www.jasonwomack.com
'Pay Now' Is a Better Plan for State's Roadways GEORGE RUNNER, Assemblyman George Runner (R-Lancaster) represents the cities of Lancaster, Palmdale and Santa Clarita
Smart Enough for Smart Growth? LYNN L. JACOBS, Lynn L. Jacobs is president of Ventura Affordable Homes Inc. and of the Building Industry Assn. Greater Los Angeles / Ventura Chapter
GOP's Bad News Isn't Terrible--and That's Good JOHN J. PITNEY JR., John J. Pitney Jr. of Anaheim is associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College
Latin Accent JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
. . . and the Lesson in Every Chore RANDY VAIL, Randy Vail is an English teacher and coordinator of the Naturalist Academy at North Hollywood High School
The School in Every Garden . . . A.G. KAWAMURA, A.G. Kawamura, an Orange County farmer, was keynote speaker at a recent "Garden in Every School" conference at North Hollywood High School. He is a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture State Board and of the Orange County Hunger Coalition
Aircraft Cap at Van Nuys Will Burden Area Economy MARK SULLIVAN, Mark Sullivan is president of Skytrails Aviation and the Van Nuys Airport Business Assn
How U.S. Can Rebuild Mexico 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."
Death Penalty: Facts vs. Moral Suasion Edward P. Lazarus, Edward P. Lazarus, legal correspondent for Talk magazine, served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun. He is author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
The Morning After: Is It All Over but the Shouting? Roger C. Altman, Roger C. Altman is the founder of Evercore Partners, an investment bank, and served as deputy secretary of the Treasury in the first Clinton administration
Valley Voters Need to Hear a Case for Staying in Los Angeles TOM HOGEN-ESCH, Tom Hogen-Esch, a doctoral candidate in political science at USC, was a researcher for the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, So Don't Do It ROBERT W. HAHN, Robert W. Hahn is director of the American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies and is a consultant to Microsoft
Why Antilabor L.A. Embraced the Striking Janitors Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele, an LA Weekly columnist and staff writer, is co-host of the KPFK morning show "Up for Air."
Defying Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance BRIAN O'LEARY BENNETT, Brian O'Leary Bennett is a member of the executive committee of the California Republican Party and a George W. Bush delegate to the Republican National Convention
Where Did Reunion Photo Come From? NARDA ZACCHINO, Narda Zacchino, an associate editor of The Times, is the readers' representative
Relax the Ban on Gay Blood Donors Douglas Starr, Douglas Starr, co-director of the science journalism program at Boston University, is the author of "BLOOD: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce."
The Brain Drain Afflicts Politics Martin E. Marty, Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone distinguished service professor emeritus at the University of Chicago and senior editor of Christian Century magazine
Jane Garvey Ronald D. White, Ronald D. White is an editorial writer for The Times
The Final Humiliation: Afghan Children Are Ignored Robin Wright, Robin Wright covers global issues for The Times and is the author of "The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran."
The Magical Realism of the Elian Chronicle Francisco Goldman, Francisco Goldman, a novelist, is the author of "The Ordinary Seaman."
Entrepreneurs: The New Social Activists Bruce J. Schulman, Bruce J. Schulman teaches history and American studies at Boston University. His new book, a history of the 1970s, will be published next winter
Movies KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL
This Time, He's Dressed to Kill JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Stirring Up Russian Ballet's Soul RITA FELCIANO, Rita Felciano is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Truth, Anguish and Jump-Cuts HOWARD ROSENBERG, Howard Rosenberg is The Times' television critic
What Makes Elie Run? PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, atrick Goldstein is a Times staff writer
After Oscar, a Dream Project SEAN MITCHELL, Sean Mitchell is a regular contributor to Calendar
London's Latest Renaissance MARJORIE MILLER, Marjorie Miller is The Times' bureau chief in London
The Voice of Experience RANDY LEWIS, Randy Lewis is a Times staff writer
Speaking of the Unspoken SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is a regular contributor to Calendar