What happened on January 26, 2003
An Act Of Forgiveness Gregory Orfalea, Gregory Orfalea last wrote for the magazine about Luigi Venti, his longtime barber.
Root of the Matter STEPHEN LEMONS, Stephen Lemons is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
Almost 60 Aram Saroyan, Aram Saroyan last wrote for the magazine about big band leader and clarinetist Artie Shaw. His most recent book is "Artists in Trouble: New Stories."
Monster Paul Gordon, Paul Gordon is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. He currently is saving for his 12,000-mile tuneup.
Triumph of the 'Airhead' MARK Z. BARABAK, Mark Z. Barabak covers politics for The Times. He last wrote for the magazine about Republican political consultant Stuart Spencer.
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The rich but unhappy life of a king Elaine Dundy, Elaine Dundy is the author of "Elvis and Gladys," "The Dud Avocado" and, most recently, "Life Itself!"
In WWII reflection, the battle lines blur John Lukacs, John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, including "At the End of an Age," "The Hitler of History" and "Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian."
Verses written in the twilight Regina Marler, Regina Marler is the author of "Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom."
Dissecting love when mourning the loss of it Greg Goldin, Greg Goldin is a writer who contributes to numerous publications, including L.A. Weekly and Los Angeles magazine.
Tied by blood and destiny Julie Lipper, Julie Lipper is a former reporter for the New York Observer.
Picking up where Faulkner left off Stanley Crouch, Stanley Crouch is the author of "Notes of a Hanging Judge" and "The All-American Skin Game."
Drawing from a deep, dark well Adam Bresnick, Adam Bresnick writes for several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement.
The Ministry of Fear Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
The Nuclear Option in Iraq William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: warkin @igc.org.
Correctional System Needs Correcting Gloria Romero, Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) is chairwoman of the state Senate Democratic Caucus and heads the newly created Select Committee on the California Correctional System.
Quit Horsing Around, Senator Jonathan Turley, Jonathan Turley is a law professor at George Washington Law School.
The Price of Labor's Impotence Gershom Gorenberg, Gershom Gorenberg is the author of "The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount" (Oxford University Press).
Demographic Changes Upset Affirmative Action Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Traveling a One-Lane Road Yossi Alpher, Yossi Alpher was a senior advisor to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and is former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is co-editor of bitter lemons.org, an Israeli-Palestinian Web-based dialogue.
The Conscience of a School Reformer Richard Lee Colvin, Richard Lee Colvin, former education writer for The Times, is deputy director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University.
A Survivor of 2 Killing Machines Colman McCarthy, Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post columnist, directs the Center for Teaching Peace. His recent book is "I'd Rather Teach Peace."
America's Dreams of Empire Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pervez Hoodbhoy is professor of high-energy physics at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.
Gold in Them Thar Hillbillies Fenton Johnson, Fenton Johnson is the author of the forthcoming "Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey" (Houghton Mifflin, April 2003). He is on the faculty of the creative writing program of the University of Arizona.
Baby, Baby, Where Did Our Royalties Go? Lamont Dozier, Lamont Dozier is a songwriter, record producer and recording artist.
Update From staff and wire reports