What happened on December 28, 2003
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Night Of Fire Jack Leonard, Christine Hanley, Stuart Pfeifer and Megan Garvey, This story was reported by Times staff writers Jack Leonard, Christine Hanley, Stuart Pfeifer and Megan Garvey. It was written by Garvey.
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His lens never blinked Eric Lax, Eric Lax is the author of "Woody Allen: A Biography" and the forthcoming "The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat."
Catch a wave -- and these books David Rensin, David Rensin is the author of "The Mailroom: Hollywood History From the Bottom Up" and is working on a narrative/oral history of surf legend Miki Dora.
Ones that got away Richard Avedon; Julian Barnes; Jacques Barzun; John Bayley; John Berger; T. Coraghessan Boyle; Leo Braudy; Evan S. Connell; John Gregory Dunne; Deborah Eisenberg; Carlos Fuentes; Nadine Gordimer; Vivian Gornick; Pico Iyer; Ward Just; Wendy Lesser; Doris Lessing; Jonathan Lethem; Simon Leys; Rick Moody; Francine du Plessix Gray; C.K. Williams
Mideast May Find New Hope With Hussein's Capture Frederick W. Kagan, Frederick W. Kagan is a military historian and the coauthor of "While America Sleeps."
Right's 'Centrists' Gang Up on Dean Frank Gibney, Frank Gibney, president of the Pacific Basin Institute, is professor of politics at Pomona College and the author of "The Pacific Century" and other books on Asia and foreign policy.
U.S. Faces a Mountainous Task in Its Pursuit of Bin Laden Husain Haqqani, Pakistani columnist Husain Haqqani is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He was advisor to prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif and was Pakistan's ambassador to Sri Lanka.
Intolerance Drives License Law Repeal Carlos Rajo Ramos, Carlos Rajo Ramos is a fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication.
Shiites Are Emerging From Fear Juan Cole and Shahin Cole, Juan Cole, professor of modern Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan, is author of "Sacred Space and Holy War." Shahin Cole is an independent scholar.
Suburbia Gains an Accent Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
A Minor Problem, Overblown Michael Neumann, Michael Neumann teaches philosophy at Trent University in Canada.
Jews Face a Widening Web of Hate Abraham H. Foxman, Abraham H. Foxman is national director of the Anti-Defamation League and author of "Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism."