What happened on January 14, 2001
Saturation Point? ANN JAPENGA, Ann Japenga's last story for the magazine was about the hipster invasion of Palm Springs
Confessions of a Former Desert Rat JOHN JOHNSON, John Johnson covers California's central coast region for The Times
A Capra Classic HENRY FENWICK, Henry Fenwick last wrote for the magazine about ollalieberries
Gambling on Gaming DIANA MARCUM, Diana Marcum is a writer who now has pai gow to fall back on. Her last story for the magazine was about working as a waitress on the Catalina Isthmus
Bush's Inaugural Speech Must Walk the Middle Road David Kusnet, David Kusnet was chief speech writer for President Clinton from 1992-1994. He is a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and the author of "Speaking American: How the Democrats Can Win in the Nineties."
Centralizing Authority Puts School Reform at Risk Les Birdsall, Les Birdsall, of the 21st Century Schools Partnership, directed the California School Improvement Network and, most recently, worked as a teacher and principal
If Davis Fails, Bush May Be White Knight A.G. Block, A.G. Block is executive editor of State Net, publishers of California Journal, an independent monthly magazine that covers state government and politics
Don't Shoot Until Proven Accurate Jerry H. Meldon, Jerry H. Meldon is associate professor of chemical engineering at Tufts University
Reflections of America Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation
Czar Minus Palace--a Tale of Spies David Wise, David Wise writes frequently about intelligence. He is the author of "Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas."
A Heart Aches as Peace Slips Away DAVID GROSSMAN, David Grossman is the author of "The Yellow Wind" (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1988). This piece was translated by Haim Watzman
Rain Noir Stirs Mystery in L.A. MICHAEL KESSLER, Michael Kessler is a L.A.-based magazine and TV writer
A Victim of the Third Great Awakening Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg and the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Putin's Governing Style: One From Column A, One From B Gregory Freidin, Gregory Freidin is a professor and chairman of the Slavic Department, Stanford University. He is collaborating, with Victoria E. Bonnell, on a book, "Conjuring Up Russia: Symbols and Rituals of the New Russian State."
Vicente Fox's Election Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg RODERIC AI CAMP, Roderic Ai Camp, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, is the author of "Politics in Mexico: the Decline of Authoritarianism" (Oxford University Press, 1999)
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Flashback JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review
Let the Good Times Roll ADAM BRESNICK, Adam Bresnick writes for several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement
Mappa Mundi BERNARD KNOX, Bernard Knox, director emeritus of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, is the author of many acclaimed books on classical literature and civilization, including "Backing Into the Future: The Classical Tradition and Its Renewal."
Strange Beauty CAROLINE FRASER, Caroline Fraser is the author of "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church."
Icarus BENJAMIN KUNKEL, Benjamin Kunkel is a writer who contributes to several publications, including The Nation and The Village Voice
Snakes in the Grass EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber writes the L.A. Confidential column for Book Review and is the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses."
Oxford Lite CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Finding Wings at Sea SALLIE TISDALE, Sallie Tisdale is the author of six books. Her most recent is "The Best Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food."
White Gold in Carson City CHRISTOPHER HALL, Christopher Hall is a freelance writer based in San Francisco
10 Top Tours for 2001 ANN H. WAIGAND, Ann H. Waigand is founder and editor of the Educated Traveler newsletter, which is published six times yearly. Call (800) 648-5168 or see http://www.educated-traveler.com
Restoration a la Mode in Provence LOLLIE RAGANA, Lollie Ragana is a freelance writer in Santa Monica