What happened on August 31, 2003
How an Actor Did It Matthew Dallek, Matthew Dallek, a former speechwriter for Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), is the author of "The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics."
Security for All of North America Abraham F. Lowenthal, Abraham F. Lowenthal, professor of international relations at USC, is the founding president of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Prop. 54 Could Undermine Racial Gains Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He's writing a book on how Mexican immigration will change America's view of race.
Modern School Principal Is All Things in All Crises Suzette Lovely, Suzette Lovely, chief personnel officer at the Capistrano Unified School District, spent eight years as an elementary school principal and oversees the development of school leaders.
An Ounce of Prevention Samuel S. Epstein and Quentin D. Young, Dr. Samuel S. Epstein is chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Dr. Quentin D. Young is chairman of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago, and former president of the American Public Health Assn.
Over the Long Haul, a Big Problem Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele comments on local and state issues for KPCC-FM.
Special Ops No Model for Military William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion.
To Rescue Islam From Jihad, Muslims Must Look Within Donald K. Emmerson, Donald K. Emmerson is a senior fellow in the Stanford Institute for International Relations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Disney Hall's (Almost) Unfinished Symphony Gail Eichenthal, Gail Eichenthal is a longtime host and producer of Los Angeles Philharmonic broadcasts on National Public Radio. An anchor and reporter for KNX-AM, she last wrote for the magazine about the death of KNX colleague Steve Smith.
Ms. Understood Anita Chabria, Anita Chabria last wrote for the magazine about California laws governing sexually violent predators.
Welcome to Plantation Football Irvin Muchnick, Irvin Muchnick is a Berkeley-based freelance writer.
The Salonen-Gehry Axis Mark Swed, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic.
Ex libris: a sign of the times Ralph B. Sipper, Ralph B. Sipper is a Santa Barbara rare book dealer.
One face, many facets Don Bachardy, Don Bachardy is the author, most recently, of "Stars in My Eyes." His drawings and paintings are in major art museums, including the Metropolitan in New York and London's National Portrait Gallery.
The adversary among us Michael S. Roth, Michael S. Roth, president of the California College of Arts and Crafts, is the author of "The Ironist's Cage: Memory, Trauma and the Construction of History."
Poetry, majesty writ extra large Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
An archipelago that eludes explanation Jamie James, Jamie James is the author of "Andrew and Joey: A Tale of Bali." He lives in Indonesia.
An older generation's Cold War Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
When music went highbrow Joseph Horowitz, Joseph Horowitz is the author of numerous books, including "Dvorak in America" and the forthcoming "Classical Music in the United States: A History."
A place where 'fail' is the four-letter word Miles Corwin, Miles Corwin is the author of "And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner City Students," winner of the Pen USA West Award for nonfiction.
The reluctant crime fighter Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Det. Charlotte Justice series, which includes "Inner City Blues," "Stormy Weather" and the forthcoming "Dirty Laundry."