What happened on April 01, 2001
In The Line Of Duty TONY PERRY, Tony Perry is The Times' San Diego bureau chief
A Rock Star-Studded Cast MARK EHRMAN and movies and parties and scelebrities
Uncertain Territory GARY PHILLIPS, Gary Phillips has written eight crime novels, including the upcoming "Tyson," a novella about pit bull fighting. This is his first essay for the magazine
Escape From The Sinking Class? KARI RENE HALL, Former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Kari Rene Hall shot and co-authored the documentary photo book "Beyond the Killing Fields" (Aperture, 1992)
The Tough Get Going MARTIN BOOE, Martin Booe last wrote for the magazine about Hawaiian poke
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Small Steps to Meet the Needs of the Mentally Ill SUSAN VINSON, Susan Vinson is vice president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Ventura County Chapter, and organizer of the Call to Action Conference
Eat, Drink and Be Merry, State Democrats JOHN J. PITNEY JR, John J. Pitney Jr. is associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and author of "The Art of Political Warfare."
Changing Public Into Private JACK SOLOMON, Valley Perspective Jack Solomon is professor of English at Cal State Northridge
An Important Gift for Public Libraries STARRETT KREISSMAN, Starrett Kreissman is director of the Ventura County Library system
The Shots in Santee Echo in O.C. JAMES A. FLEMING, James A. Fleming is superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District
Proposition A Would Give Community Colleges Crucial Resources RICKEY GELB, Rickey Gelb, a product of the Southern California public school system, graduated from Valley College. A real estate developer and a resident of the San Fernando Valley for more than 50 years, he received the 2000 Fernando Award
Fowl Air Clears STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Tool for California's Hour of Need BRAD SHERMAN, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County
Balance Consumer Protection, Health Care Worker Rights GARY N. STERN, Gary N. Stern, an attorney specializing in elder abuse / nursing home litigation, is a public member of the state Department of Consumer Affairs' Respiratory Care Board. He lives in Granada Hills
The Gilded Age Unravels STEVE FRASER, Steve Fraser is a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library and is writing a book about the cultural history of Wall Street
What She Saw After the Revolution NAOMI GLAUBERMAN, Naomi Glauberman is an essayist and short story writer
El libro de la sexualidad Charles Simic, From "Jackstraw: Poems" by Charles Simic (Harcourt Brace: 86 pp., $22)
The Winter of Our Disconnect D.J. WALDIE, D.J. Waldie is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir." His forthcoming book, in collaboration with photographer Marissa Roth, is "Real City.'
A Life Stripped Bare MEGHAN O' ROURKE, Meghan O'Rourke is an editor at The Tthe New Yorker
Mayoral Candidates Inch Along Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC. She is also a political analyst for KCAL-TV
Gerhard Schroeder CAROL J. WILLIAMS, Carol J. Williams is The Times Berlin bureau chief
Abe Lincoln and the Truth Get Mugged at the Click of a Mouse DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for her account of the Roosevelt White House, "No Ordinary Time."
Some Light at the End of the Tunnel Ronnie Dugger, Ronnie Dugger, author of biographies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan, was the founding editor of the Texas Observer and, in 1995, founded the Alliance for Democracy, a national progressive-populist grass-roots organization
Family Feud David Friedman, David Friedman, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a Markle senior fellow at the New America Foundation
Students Got the Jailhouse Blues Richard Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, an editor at Pacific News Service, is the author of "Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father."
Key to Peace: Kosovo's Independence Michael Meyer, Michael Meyer, a Newsweek editor and former correspondent in the Balkans, recently returned from a year with the U.N. mission in Kosovo