What happened on April 15, 2001
A Single Spark Can Touch Off a Prairie Fire BILL BOYARSKY, Bill Boyarsky, former city editor, recently retired from The Times. He is working on "Big Daddy," a biography of Jesse Unruh, to be published by the University of California Press
L.a. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses."
The Woman Who Dreamed Too Much CRISTINA NEHRING, Cristina Nehring teaches literature at UCLA and Universite de Paris XIII. Her essays have appeared in Harper's, Michigan Quarterly Review and The American Scholar
The Making of a Saint THOMAS CURWEN, Thomas Curwen is the deputy editor of Book Review
Will We Dance to His Tunes? PHIL SUTCLIFFE, Phil Sutcliffe is a London-based writer and a contributing editor to Q magazine
New Team in the Pro Ranks DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Try Topping That DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman writes frequently about jazz for The Times
New Work, New Home JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
A Director Who Relishes What-Ifs DARYL H. MILLER, Daryl H. Miller is a regular contributor to Calendar
An Insider's Cuba LEAH OLLMAN, Leah Ollman is a San Diego art writer and critic
A Shift on the Mean Streets JANICE RHOSHALLE LITTLEJOHN, Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
It's History in the Playing JOHN HENKEN, John Henken is a regular contributor to Calendar
Opinions That Count for a Lot RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ, Rachel Abramowitz is a Times staff writer
Toy Repair Man ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Week in Review / April 9-13 Jennifer Oldham and Peter Pae and Debora Vrana and Myron Levin and Evelyn Iritani and Stuart Silverstein and P.J. Huffstutter and Charles Piller
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Judging From the News, You'd Think They Were a Plague Lori Dorfman and Vincent Schiraldi, Lori Dorfman, director of the Berkeley Media Studies Group, and Vincent Schiraldi, president of the Justice Policy Institute, are co-authors of "Off Balance: Youth, Race and Crime in the News."
Americas Summit: Progress or Photo-op? Richard Feinberg, Richard Feinberg, a professor in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, is co-director, with Robin Rosenberg, of the Leadership Council for Inter-American Summitry
A Blast From the Past Riles Presidential Politics Michael Shifter, Michael Shifter is vice president for policy at the Inter-American Dialogue and teaches Latin American politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service
A Bow of Peace in China, a Lasting Easter Blessing WILLIAM J. FELTUS, William J. Feltus is a pollster in Washington. From 1991 to 1997, he was staff director of the Senate's Republican Conference
Estate Tax Relief Is Aimed at Wrong Group ROBERT KUTTNER, Robert Kuttner is co-editor of the American Prospect. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Villaraigosa Sets a Post-Ethnic Standard for L.A. Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation
A Crisis That Beijing Really Needed Ross Terrill, Ross Terrill is the author of "Mao" and "Madame Mao." His next book will be "The New Chinese Empire."
No Time for Statesmanship 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."