What happened on April 27, 2003
Hunting Whales in West L.A. Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer who last wrote for the magazine about novelist Wallace Stegner.
Keeping Up With the Jonesing Bill Sharpsteen, Bill Sharpsteen's last story for the magazine was about photographer Herb Ritts.
More Than Enough Christina Adams, Christina Adams is writing a book about her son, who recently passed a kindergarten-readiness test.
The Battle of Ft. Ord Dan Baum, Dan Baum last wrote for the magazine about private citizen militias patrolling the Mexican border. He is the author of "Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty" (Morrow, 2000).
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In Iraq, the First Order of Business Is Order Rajan Menon, Rajan Menon is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Monroe J. Rathbone professor of international relations, Lehigh University.
It Ain't Broke After All William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mortality and matters mortuary Pat Lynch, Pat Lynch is a second-generation funeral director and president-elect of the Michigan Funeral Directors Assn. and chairman of its consumer protection committee.
Soul-searching science Margaret Jacob, Margaret Jacob is the author of "The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons and Republicans." She is a professor of history at UCLA.
He's got game David Halberstam, David Halberstam is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 14 national bestsellers, including "The Best and the Brightest." His new book is "The Teammates."
Literature, served a la carte Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a poet, critic and essayist whose books include "Europe, Europe," "Politics and Crime," "Zig Zag" and "Lighter Than Air: Moral Poems." This essay was translated from the German by Zaia Alexander.
A parable of the go-go '80s Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a contributing editor to Parade magazine.
The devoted reader Thomas Sanchez, Thomas Sanchez is the author, most recently, of "King Bongo: A Novel of Havana." His first novel, "Rabbit Boss," has been reprinted for its 30th anniversary.
In exile and matrimony Larry Ceplair, Larry Ceplair is the coauthor of "The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960."
The straight story Kevin Baker, Kevin Baker is the author of "Paradise Alley," a historical novel about the Civil War draft riots in New York City.
A certain kind of release Kathy Boudin, Kathy Boudin is the editor and coauthor of "Breaking the Walls of Silence: AIDS and Women in a New York State Maximum-Security Prison" and has worked extensively with prisoners on mother-child relationships, AIDS and education. She is a former member of the Weather Underground, serving 20 years to life in New York for her unarmed and secondary role in the 1981 robbery of a Brink's truck, which left one security guard and two policemen dead.
Dark side of the moon Lesley Chamberlain, Lesley Chamberlain, who worked for Reuters in Moscow in 1978 and 1979, is the author of several books, including "In the Communist Mirror," "Volga Volga: A Journey Down the Great River" and "In a Place Like That." She is working on a study of Russian philosophy, "The Good Man in Russia."
Fame and its cousin, infamy Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author, most recently, of "Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip." He reviews movies for Time magazine and is a contributing writer to the Book Review.
Settlements Corrode Democracy Jo-Ann Mort, Jo-Ann Mort is co-author of the forthcoming "Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?" She is national secretary of Americans for Peace Now.
Fear Goes Global Mitchell Koss, Mitchell Koss is a producer for Channel One News. His work has appeared on PBS, ABC and MTV.
The Dash for Cash Nick Nyhart and Joan Claybrook, Nick Nyhart is executive director of Public Campaign. Joan Claybrook is president of Public Citizen.
Congress' Wartime Quandary Bruce J. Schulman, Bruce J. Schulman is professor of history at Boston University and the author of "The Seventies."
After Victory, the Boot Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of the state's congressional and legislative races.
Mass Graves Hide Horror of Iraqi Past Saman Zia-Zarifi and Olivier Bercault, Saman Zia-Zarifi and Olivier Bercault are conducting investigations in Basra for Human Rights Watch.
End Class-Size Straitjacket Eric A. Hanushek, Eric A. Hanushek is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.
When the Rubber First Hit the Roads of America Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan are the producers of "Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip," which will be broadcast on PBS stations in October; their companion book of the same name will be published in July by Knopf.