What happened on September 17, 2000
No Longer The University Of Second Choice KENNETH R. WEISS, Kenneth R. Weiss is a Times education writer whose last article for the magazine was about California State University Chancellor Charlie Reed
On A Roll CAROLYNN CARRENO, Carolynn Carreno last wrote for the magazine about making jam
Buffalo Burgers In Paradise DIANA MARCUM, Diana Marcum's last piece for the magazine was "The Busboys of San Miguel." She is currently back on the mainland, wondering if quitting her job as an isthmus waitress was the right thing to do
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Karen Getman Cynthia H. Craft, Cynthia H. Craft is editor of the California Journal, a nonpartisan publication on government and politics
What Makes America Exceptional Gregg Easterbrook, Gregg Easterbrook is a senior editor of the New Republic and of BeliefNet.com. His most recent book is "Beside Still Waters: Searching for Meaning in an Age of Doubt."
So Close, and so Dangerous Shibley Telhami, Shibley Telhami holds the Anwar Sadat chair at the University of Maryland and is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
Finding School Sites Will Need Everyone's Creativity GENETHIA HUDLEY HAYES, Genethia Hudley Hayes is president of the LAUSD Board of Education. This commentary also was signed by LAUSD board members Caprice Young, Mike Lansing and Valerie Fields
Concerning Serb Elections, Let's Look the Other Way ANNA HUSARSKA, Anna Husarska is the senior political analyst at the International Crisis Group, a think tank that has been working in the Balkans since the 1995 Dayton peace agreement. Web site: http://www.crisisweb.org
There's No Better Time Than Now to Be a Black Republican CARLTON T. PEARSON, Bishop Carlton T. Pearson is the founder and pastor of Higher Dimensions, a multiracial church in Tulsa, Okla. He is the author of "Is There a Man in the House?" (Treasure House, 1999)
U.N.'s Last Chance to Build a Nation David DeVoss, David DeVoss, former Time magazine bureau chief for Southeast Asia, spent this summer working with the U.S. Agency for International Development to foster Timorese journalism
The Politics of Growth David Friedman, David Friedman, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a Markle senior fellow at the New America Foundation
Salvation That Reopens the Door to Intolerance Gary Greenebaum and Robert Guffey Ellenson, Rabbi Gary Greenebaum is Western regional director of the American Jewish Committee. Robert Guffey Ellenson is assistant area director for interreligious affairs for the committee
Lee's Free, But Mystery Remains David Wise, David Wise is the author of "Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas."
The Shells My Father Built Eric Lloyd Wright, Eric Lloyd Wright is an architect
Top 10 Stories / Sept. 11-15 James Bates and Nancy Rivera Brooks and Sallie Hofmeister and Walter Hamilton and Thomas S. Mulligan and Melinda Fulmer and Daryl Strickland and Bloomberg News
L.a. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses."
Illness As Illness ROY PORTER, Roy Porter is the author most recently of "The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity."
Guns, Rights and People FRED ANDERSON, Fred Anderson is the author of "Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766." He teaches history at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Truly, Madly, Deeply THOMAS CURWEN, Thomas Curwen is the deputy editor of Book Review
All Shook Up DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, Douglas Brinkley, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author, most recently, of "Rosa Parks." He is the director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and professor of history at the University of New Orleans
The World According to Gore KEVIN BAKER, Kevin Baker is the author of "Dreamland."
Guns, Rights and People SHASHI THAROOR, Shashi Tharoor is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including, most recently, "India: From Midnight to the Millennium." He is a senior adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
The Weight of Water MARK ROZZO, Mark Rozzo writes the First Fiction column for Book Review
Majorca on the Mild Side BILL SHARPSTEEN, Bill Sharpsteen is a freelance writer in Los Angeles
Tramping the Milford Track CHRISTINE BARNES, Christine Barnes, based in Oregon, is the author of "Great Lodges of the West" (1997) and "Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies" (1999)