What happened on August 13, 2000
More Than an Academic Exercise SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is a regular contributor to Calendar
One Actor's Odyssey BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer
Oedipus at Large in the Old South EMORY HOLMES II, Emory Holmes II is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Inheriting a Weighty Mantle SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
The Call That Split a Village BILLY ADAMS, Billy Adams is a freelance writer based in Scotland
Still a Contender in National Politics JEREMY LARNER, Jeremy Larner is also the author of the novel "Drive, He Said," and co-wrote the screenplay. He is working on a novel about Hollywood in 1969 entitled "Rack's Rules."
The Birth of Cool Politics PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, Patrick Goldstein is a Times staff writer. His e-mail address is Patrick.Goldstein@latimes.com
The Politics of Drama, Act Two MICHAEL PHILLIPS, Michael Phillips is The Times' theater critic
Democracy Under Siege ELIZABETH DREW, Elizabeth Drew is the author of "On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency" and "The Corruption of American Politics: What Went Wrong and Why"
Globalization and Its Discontents BENJAMIN R. BARBER, Benjamin R. Barber is Whitman professor of political science at Rutgers University and the author of, most recently, "Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World" and "A Place For Us: How to Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Starting Over DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Hertzberg BOB RECTOR, Bob Rector is opinion page editor of the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County editions of the Los Angeles Times
County Democrats Have Chance to Regain Lost Competitive Status FRED SMOLLER, Fred Smoller is an associate professor of political science at Chapman University, and director of the Ludie and David C. Henley Social Sciences Survey Research Laboratory
A Place for Elders and Those Who Care for Them ROBERT S. KNAPP, Robert S. Knapp, a Thousand Oaks resident, is a member of Senior Concerns' volunteer board of directors
Neighbors Bridge a Gap in Planning TONY LUCENTE, Studio City Residents Assn. President Tony Lucente is a member of the South Valley Area Planning Commission
Core Expansion MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concern Over High School Test Scores Is Premature JANE SWEETLAND, Jane Sweetland lives in Camarillo and has taught English in the Simi Valley, Pleasant Valley and Oxnard Union school districts
Circus Atmosphere DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Puts Homeowners' Rights at Stake KELLY HAYES-RAITT, Kelly Hayes-Raitt is a consumer advocate with the HomeSafe Campaign, a Santa Monica based coalition. Its Web site is www.caoc.com/HomeSafe. Phone: (310) 581-4421
Ties That Bind Kadafi and Neo-Fascists Martin A. Lee, Martin A. Lee is the author of "The Beast Reawakens," a book on neo-fascism
The Protesters of 1960 Helped Change the World MAURICE ISSERMAN, Maurice Isserman, a professor of history at Hamilton College in New York, is the author of "The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington" (PublicAffairs, 2000)
A City Desperately Seeking a Civic Identity Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr, a contributing editor to Opinion, is State Librarian of California and University Professor at USC. The latest volume of his history of California is "The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s."
The Hollow Man Linda A. DiVall, Linda A. DiVall is president of a public-research firm and was a senior advisor to Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign
Out There Beyond the Horizon Michael Ventura, Michael Ventura, an essayist and novelist, is the author of "Letters at 3 a.m.--Reports onEndarkenment" and is working on a book about John Cassavetes
You Gotta Have Heart Robert G. Beckel, Robert G. Beckel, a political analyst, served as campaign manager for Walter F. Mondale in 1984
Creating a New Party Can Be Messy Business Julian E. Zelizer, Julian E. Zelizer, a political historian at SUNY-Albany, is author of "Taxing America."
The Message From the Mean Streets Robert L. Borosage, Robert L. Borosage is a founder of the Campaign for America's Future
Getting With the Program David Brooks, David Brooks is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. He is the author of "Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There."
How to Make Fox's Life a Little Easier M. Delal Baer, M. Delal Baer is chairman and senior fellow, Mexico Project Center for Strategic and International Studies
Politics Too Boring? What About a Makeover? Ilene Beckerman, Ilene Beckerman is the author of "Love, Loss and What I Wore." Her new book is "Mother of the Bride: The Dream, The Reality, The Search for a Perfect Dress."
California's a One-Party State, But Can Democrats Rest Easy? 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
Robert Strauss David R. Gergen, David R. Gergen, editor at large for U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer," served as a White House advisor to four presidents
No Longer L.A.'s Stepsister--or a Joke Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow with the Davenport Institute of Public Policy and a research fellow at the Reason Public Policy Institute
Welcome to Your Dream Life Made Manifest! Carolyn See, Carolyn See is the author of "The Handyman" (Random House, 1999) and "Dreaming: Hard Luck & Good Times in America" (University of California, 1996)
The Democrats' Fixation on the Aggrieved Minority 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
Virtual Unity: The Morphing of the Party System William Schneider, William Schneider, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a political analyst for CNN