What happened on July 02, 2000
The Star-Spangled Novel RUSSELL BANKS, Russell Banks is the author of the recent collection of stories, "The Angel on the Roof," and the novels "Cloudsplitter" and "Rule of the Bone." He is the Howard G. B. Clarke university professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University. His essay appeared in the June issue of Harper's magazine and is published in Book Review with the kind permission of the author and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate
Witness for the Prosecution GEOFFREY O'BRIEN, Geoffrey O'Brien is the author of "The Browser's Ecstasy" and "Dream Time: Chapters from the Sixties."
Wood Nymph MICHAEL MCCLURE, Michael McClure is a poet, novelist and playwright whose most recent book is "Touching the Edge: Dharma Devotions."
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Attack of the Public School Time Wasters WILLIAM CHITWOOD, William Chitwood, a former junior high school teacher, is a private-sector language arts instructor who lives in La Canada Flintridge
Shortsighted Health Care Policy Has System in Critical Condition MARIAN BERGESON, Marian Bergeson of Newport Beach is a former state senator and past member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors
Money Is No Solution in Fire Case ALLEN ROBERT CARROZZA, Allen Robert Carrozza lives in Matilija Canyon
The Spirit of Freedom, Embodied in Their Work BEVERLY KELLEY, Beverly Kelley teaches in the Communication Department at Cal Lutheran University. Address e-mail to email@example.com
Noise, Not Information, Is Target GERALD A. SILVER and MYRNA L. SILVER, Gerald A. Silver is president of Homeowners of Encino, and Myrna L. Silver is a writer. They are residents of Encino
Curves Ahead JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Honor and Duty ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lights, Camera, Picnic? KIMIT A. MUSTON, Kimit A. Muston is a North Hollywood writer
Good-Neighbor Policy Charts a Rational Course for CSU ROBERT OLIPHANT, Robert Oliphant is the executive director of Californians for Community College Equity. He is a former professor of English at Cal State Northridge
Aileen Adams Cynthia H. Craft, Cynthia H. Craft is editor of the California Journal
Quackenbush's Lesson for the GOP: Steer Clear of Scandal Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the "California Target Book," a nonpartisan analysis of state legislative and congressional campaigns
Call Him Monsieur Lewis Bruce McCall, Bruce McCall is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and Vanity Fair
Clinton's Woes Open Door to Four-Way Race Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America."
Seeing Red Over High Gas Prices? Don't Blame the Greens JAMIE COURT and TIM HAMILTON, Jamie Court, a consumer advocate with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, and Tim Hamilton, of the Automotive Trades Organization of California, are members of California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's Gas Pricing Task Force
The American Dream Proved Harder Than Surviving a War JUNG-WOO OH, Jung-woo Oh is an English teacher in Seoul. He returned to South Korea in 1996 with his father's ashes and his family. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The True Test Will Come After the Results Are In M. Delal Baer, M. Delal Baer is chairman and senior fellow, Mexico Project Center for Strategic and International Studies
State Doesn't Need to Builda New Prison ROSE BRAZ, Rose Braz is a criminal defense attorney in Oakland and program director for Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, a national organization challenging prison expansion
Milosevic Should Not Escape Unpunished Susan Blaustein, Susan Blaustein, a journalist, is a senior consultant with International Crisis Group
The Liberal Republican David M. O'Brien, David M. O'Brien is a professor at the University of Virginia and author of a number of books on the Supreme Court, including "Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics."
A Former Hero Nearly Humiliated Tendayi S. Kumbula, Tendayi S. Kumbula teaches journalism at Ball State University. He spent 17 years in exile before returning to his native Zimbabwe in 1981 after Robert Mugabe came to power