What happened on January 12, 2003
See No Evil P.J. Huffstutter, Times staff writer P.J. Huffstutter last wrote for the magazine about the rise of Vivid Video Inc., the nation's leading porn producer.
The (Un) Natural Marvin J. Wolf, Marvin J. Wolf last wrote for the magazine about the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Storefront Salvation Camilo Jose Vergara, Camilo Jose Vergara recently received a MacArthur "genius" grant for his work as a photographer.
Wild child Hillary Johnson, Hillary Johnson last wrote for the magazine about ethnic spas.
Of Age and Attitude Lucille deView, Lucille deView, a freelance writer, writing coach, poet and playwright, daydreams of fame in Irvine. "What's the hurry?" she asks
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When tradition and modernity knock heads Sheridan Prasso, Sheridan Prasso is a senior news editor at Business Week and a longtime Asia specialist.
A testimony to survival Ruth Franklin, Ruth Franklin is associate literary editor of the New Republic.
Wondrous connections David Macaulay, David Macaulay is an author and illustrator whose books include "Cathedral," "Rome Antics" and "The Way Things Work."
The cult of Marilyn Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and reviews movies for Time. His latest book, "Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip," will be published in April.
The return of the steadfast radical Matthew Price, Matthew Price writes frequently for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle.
After Pinochet, a paean to remembrance Tim Frasca, Tim Frasca is a journalist living in Chile who is researching and writing about Latin America's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
When everything is war Gloria Emerson, Gloria Emerson received the 1978 National Book Award for nonfiction for "Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses and Ruins From the Vietnam War." She is the author, most recently, of "Loving Graham Greene: A Novel."
Cries from the beloved country Maureen Isaacson, Maureen Isaacson is assistant editor and books editor of the Sunday Independent in Johannesburg.
The lengths at which a nation was formed Margaret Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet."
The burden of survival, borne by a generation Leslie Brody, Leslie Brody is the author of the memoir "Red Star Sister: Between Madness and Utopia."
Today Rob Fernas, Mike Terry
As World Looks Away, a Nation Dies Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg, who writes regularly on countries in crisis, recently returned from southern Africa.
A Tax Cut Plan Rooted in the Bush Pedigree Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author, most recently, of "Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich."
An Old-Fashioned Fight William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to Rethink Golden State Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr is state librarian of California and university professor at USC. "His Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, the 1990s" is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf.
Only Choice for U.S.: Oust Hussein Henri J. Barkey, Henri J. Barkey, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University, served on the State Department's Policy Planning Staff from 1998 to 2000.
We're Happy but Not Optimistic Mark Baldassare, Mark Baldassare is research director at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco and founder and director of the Orange County Annual Survey at UCI. The 2002 PPIC Special Survey on Orange County is available at www.ppic.org.
Cut Supply Lines That Fuel Pyongyang's Nuclear Dreams Mansoor Ijaz and R. James Woolsey, Mansoor Ijaz is chairman of a New York-based private equity investment firm. R. James Woolsey served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1993 until 1995.
Becoming Chinese Sam Crane, Sam Crane is the author of "Aidan's Way" and chairman of the Asian studies department at Williams College.
Latino-Vietnamese Coalition Produces Winning Results Christian Collet, Christian Collet, PhD, is principal of Pacific Opinions, an Irvine-based polling and voter research firm, and is writing a book on the political activities of Vietnamese Americans.
Agenda Unmasked Chalmers Johnson, Chalmers Johnson is the author of "Blowback" and the forthcoming book "The Sorrows of Empire: How the Americans Lost Their Country."