What happened on August 20, 2000
Snorkeling in the cesspool PATRICK J. KIGER, Patrick J. Kiger is a freelance writer based in Takoma Park, Md. This is his first story for the magazine
Deconstructing PARDIS MAHDAVI and RACHEL USLAN
'Loser?' JACK SPIEGELMAN, Jack Spiegelman is the author of "Shooting Pigeons and Other Satisfactions" (Westside Press)
Legacy In a Can LOU MATHEWS, Lou Mathews, a fourth-generation Angeleno, is the author of the novel "L.A. Breakdown."
First Dream, First Love, First Gold Michael D'Antonio, Michael D'Antonio's last piece for the magazine was about couples who choose not to marry
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
A Convention Bounce for the State? Doubtful JOHN J. PITNEY JR., John J. Pitney Jr. is an associate professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College and author of "The Art of Political Warfare."
Aaron Levinson BOB RECTOR, Bob Rector is opinion editor for the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County editions of The Times
For the Most Vulnerable Poor, Lack of Dental Care Is a Barrier MARVIN MARCUS and CARL MAIDA, Marvin Marcus is chair of the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry. Carl Maida is a medical anthropologist at UCLA School of Dentistry. Their study, "Policy Implications of Access to Dental Care for Immigrant Communities," was funded by the California Policy Research Center, University of California. A report will be available in the fall
Island Life GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ghost of Vietnam Haunts 'Plan Colombia' Tad Szulc, Tad Szulc has written extensively about international politics and foreign policy
Living in the Repressive Silence of the Taliban Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg, formerly a consultant to the United Nations in Afghanistan, is the author of "Politics at the Heart: The Architecture of International Assistance to Afghanistan."
Vying to Star in the National Movie Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is the author of "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood" and "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
On a TV Near You: Protest Without End John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge are writers for the Economist. They are the coauthors of "A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalization."
Democrats May Have Lost Latinos FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist
Ronald Dellums Susan Anderson, Susan Anderson has written for The Nation and LA Weekly
The Day Ravers and Immigrants Almost Danced Ruben Martinez, Ruben Martinez, an associate editor at Pacific News Service, is working on a book about migrant culture
The Lessons of the Kursk Lawrence J. Korb, Lawrence J. Korb, director of military studies at the Council on Foreign Affairs, was assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan Administration
The 'Happy Warrior' Was Also a Trailblazer Robert A. Slayton, Robert A. Slayton, associate professor of history at Chapman University, is the author of "Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith," to be published next year
Is California Seeking to Fashion Its Own Foreign Policy? Jock O'Connell, Jock O'Connell, an international business consultant, is a former analyst for the California Commission for Economic Development
Nostalgia for Conventions That Never Were Bruce J. Schulman, Bruce J. Schulman teaches history and American Studies at Boston University. His new book, "Changes in Latitude: How the 1970s Reinvented America," will be published next spring
So, Vhat's Nu ? IRA STOLL, Ira Stoll, a former managing editor of The Forward, is editor of Smartertimes.com
L.A. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses."
Taking the Oath GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez is a Los Angeles-based fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute in Washington, D.C. He is a contributing editor to the Times Opinion section
Ecce Nietzsche LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN, Lesley Chamberlain is the author of, among other works, "Nietzsche in Turin."
Ecce Homo RICHARD CANNING, Richard Canning is the author of "Gay Fiction Speaks," a book of interviews with gay novelists to be published by Columbia University Press in December. He is writing a biography of English novelist Ronald Firbank
Our Talking America ANDREW STARK, Andrew Stark teaches management at the University of Toronto and is the author of "Conflict of Interest in American Public Life," which will be published in September by Harvard University Press