What happened on June 29, 2003
A rainbow arcs over L.A. noir Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Ella and the Huguenots Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Tipping the scales Philip K. Howard, Philip K. Howard, a lawyer, is author of, among others, "The Death of Common Sense" and "The Collapse of the Common Good." He is chairman of Common Good, a bipartisan legal reform coalition.
An image that alters Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
The architects of aerial dreams Jamie James, Jamie James is a critic, travel writer and the author of the novel "Andrew and Joey."
Life after terror Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Charlotte Justice mystery series, including the forthcoming "Dirty Laundry."
Dying to belong Tripp Whetsell, Tripp Whetsell is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Post, the New York Daily News and the Hollywood Reporter.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of Benjamin Franklin H.W. Brands, H.W. Brands is the author of "The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin" and other works of American history.
The passionate genius of a neurotic Vivian Gornick, Vivian Gornick is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Edward Weston's passion, through the lens of the voyeur Herbert Gold, Herbert Gold is the author of many novels, including "Fathers," "The Man Who Was Not With It" and, most recently, "Daughter Mine."
We walk, therefore we are Donald Johanson, Donald Johanson is the author of numerous books, including "From Lucy to Language" (with Blake Edgar) and the forthcoming "The Skull of Australopithecus Afarensis."
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'Mexifornia' Is a Tragedy in the Making Victor Davis Hanson, Victor Davis Hanson, a fellow at the Hoover Institute and a classics professor at Cal State Fresno, is author of "Mexifornia. A State of Becoming" (Encounter, 2003).
Capitol Deserts Private Sector Joel Kotkin and David Friedman, Joel Kotkin is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy. David Friedman is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Both are contributing editors to Opinion.
College Rulings Add Insult to Injury Abigail Thernstrom, Abigail Thernstrom is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and co-author of "America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible."
Golden Tales of Golden State Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr is state librarian of California and University Professor of History at USC. His "Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, the 1990s" is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf.
Finally, Dignity and Respect -- but at Such a Cost John Rechy, John Rechy's new novel, "The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens," will be published in October by Grove/Atlantic.
Numbers Game Howard Blume, Howard Blume writes for the L.A. Weekly. Dennis Dockstader contributed research for this piece.
Pension Bonds a Risky Cop-Out James H. Smalhout, James H. Smalhout is a Washington-based financial writer and the author of "The Uncertain Retirement."
It's Always 1984 in Cuba Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus."
Land of the Free Karl Fleming, Karl Fleming, a former journalist for Newsweek and CBS News, is a communications consultant in West Los Angeles.
Some Cipro With That Burger? Madeline Drexler, Madeline Drexler is a journalist and author of "Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections."