What happened on July 16, 2000
The Invincible Stan Lee? JORDAN RAPHAEL, Jordan Raphael last wrote for the magazine about Skycar inventor Paul Moller
Beach Music SIM CARTER, Sim Carter lives in Mar Vista with her husband and son, and still loves the beach
Primo Posto CHARLES PERRY, Charles Perry is a staff writer in The Times' food section
Days of Wine and Dolmas HEATHER JOHN, Heather John is a senior editor at the magazine
Racial Profiling: Are We All Really Equal in the Eyes of the Law? Debra Dickerson, Debra Dickerson is a senior fellow at New America Foundation. Her memoir, "An American Story," will be published this fall
The Dream Acceptance Goes Awry Sara Davidson, Sara Davidson is the author of "Cowboy" and "Loose Change: Three Women of the '60s."
Barak's No-Lose Peace Strategy Yossi Melman, Yossi Melman is an Israeli author and journalist with the daily Ha'aretz who specializes in intelligence and security affairs
Gorging On SUVs Gregg Easterbrook, Gregg Easterbrook is a senior editor at the New Republic and BeliefNet.com and author of "A Moment on the Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism."
Black Churches Say 'Amen' to the Lord and 'Yes' to Progress DONALD E. MILLER, Donald E. Miller is a professor of religion and executive director of USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Misplaced Priorities: A Focus on Guns Robert L. Borosage, Robert L. Borosage is a founder of the Campaign for America's Future
Walking a Tightrope of Balanced Coverage NARDA ZACCHINO, Narda Zacchino, an associate editor of The Times, is the readers' representative
It's a Case of National Missile Defense Deja Vu Thomas A. Halsted, Thomas A. Halsted was national director of the Council for a Livable World, 1967-1972, and director of public affairs for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1977-1981
Like Elian, Phanupong Belongs in His Own Home STUART WOLFENDALE, Stuart Wolfendale is a media advisor to the International Thai Leadership Council. His e-mail is: email@example.com
The People's System of Government Takes It on the Chin 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
Fox's Tunnel Vision of U.S. Mexicans David R. Ayon, David R. Ayon writes on U.S., Mexican and Latino politics and is a research associate at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles of Loyola Marymount University
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Trend in Redevelopment Is More Taxing ALLAN PILGER, Allan Pilger is co-director of the Orange County chapter of Californians United for Redevelopment Education. Its Web site is http://www.redevelopment.com
Blaming the Endangered Won't Help RON BOTTORFF, Ron Bottorff of Newbury Park chairs Friends of the Santa Clara River and recently completed a term as public member of the Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission
Alex Padilla BOB RECTOR, Bob Rector is opinion page editor for the Valley and Ventura County editions of The Times
Layoffs Show the Once-Sacred Employer-Worker Pact Is Gone CLARK DAVIS, Clark Davis is an assistant professor of history at Cal State Fullerton, and author of "Company Men: White Collar Life and Corporate Cultures in Los Angeles, 1892-1941" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000)
Pressure Play FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Natural Splendor JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's Virtually Business as Usual DAVID TATE, David Tate is an Internet entrepreneur living in Ojai
Public Prayers at Government Meetings Are Inappropriate CAROLINE R. MILTON, Caroline Milton is a member of Freethinkers of Ventura County (http://members.aol.com/frthvc.html)
Sailing From California on Seven Seas Navigator SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
Reds, Whites and Views CARL DUNCAN, Carl Duncan is a freelance writer and photographer based in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Rambles in Castle Country NANCY J. BAIRD, Nancy J. Baird is a freelance writer in Camano Island, Wash
Services Abound in Russian Hostel LUCY IZON, Lucy Izon is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Internet http://www.izon.com
City of Sleeping Stone Beauties LUCY BARAJIKIAN, Lucy Barajikian is a travel and food writer in Los Angeles
A Family Outing Near Idyllwild JOHN McKINNEY, John McKinney is the author of "Day Hiker's Guide to California's State Parks" (Olympus Press, $14.95)
The There There D.J. WALDIE, D.J. Waldie is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir." He lives in Lakewood, where he is a city official
La Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses."
Pretty in Pink PATTY MARX, Patty Marx is the author of numerous books, including "The Skinny: What Every Skinny Woman Knows About Dieting (And Won't Tell You!)" and, most recently, "Meet My Staff."
Paradise Lost GREG GOLDIN, Greg Goldin, a contributing editor at L.A. Weekly, specializes in environmental reporting
Strike, Spare and Scratch RICHARD FLACKS, Richard Flacks is the author of "Making History" and a professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara
'Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' TOM VANDERBILT, Tom Vanderbilt is the author of "Survival City: The Architecture of the Cold War," forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press
The Wrath of Priapus PETER GREEN, Peter Green is the author of "Alexander to Actium" and "The Laughter of Aphrodite."