What happened on October 26, 2003
It Reminds Them of California Corie Brown, Corie Brown is a Times staff writer. She last wrote for the magazine about Los Angeles rug merchants Zabi and Zubair Ahmadi.
In the Year 2100 Brad Dickson, Brad Dickson is a television writer based in Los Angeles.
Losing the Mind David Davis, David Davis last wrote for the magazine about cowboy singer and actor Herb Jeffries.
The Homecoming Hearse Sam Quinones, Sam Quinones is a Mexico City-based journalist and the author of "True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx" (University of New Mexico Press).
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Blood and Silence Kerman Maddox, Kerman Maddox is a political consultant and business owner who teaches political science at Los Angeles Southwest College. He is a member of the board of directors of First AME Church, the oldest black church in Los Angeles.
New Way to Win, or Cyber-Hype? Michael Clough, Michael Clough worked on foreign-policy issues in two Democratic presidential campaigns. He is currently studying Internet law at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H.
L.A.'s Core Already Has a 'There' There Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University. He is writing a history of cities for Modern Library.
U.S. Fumbles on N. Korea, and China Grabs the Ball Frank Gibney, Frank Gibney, professor of politics at Pomona College, is president of the Pacific Basin Institute and author of "The Pacific Century" and other works on Asia.
Dissing Dissent Liu Baifang, Liu Baifang, who emigrated from China in 1977, lives in Berkeley.
A General Bind for Rumsfeld William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: warkin@igc .org.
Knocking the Teeth Out of Class Actions Al Meyerhoff, After many years with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Al Meyerhoff is now a lawyer with Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach. His firm represented plaintiffs in both the Avila Beach and Exxon Valdez cases. E-mail: email@example.com
Bush Passes on Cuban Exiles' Right Ann Louise Bardach, Ann Louise Bardach writes for Newsweek International and is a commentator on the Public Radio program "Marketplace." She is the author of "Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana."
The connection of art and heart Frederic Raphael, Frederic Raphael is the author of many novels and screenplays, co-editor of "The Great Philosophers From Socrates to Turing" and translator of a forthcoming edition of "Satyrica" by Petronius.
The march of Humanism Guy Davenport, Guy Davenport, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky, is the author, most recently, of "The Death of Picasso."
Polymath's progress Henry Petroski, Henry Petroski, the A.S. Vesic professor of civil engineering and a professor of history at Duke University, is the author of "Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design."
A satirist's so-called play Justin Kaplan, Justin Kaplan is the author of "Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain" and "Back Then: Two Literary Lives in 1950s New York," written in collaboration with his wife, the novelist Anne Bernays.
Nothing to do with romance James Marcus, James Marcus is a critic, journalist and translator, and the author of the forthcoming "Amazonia: A Memoir of the Internet Boom and Bust."
A sparkling portrait, but the sitter's still sketchy Monika Greenleaf, Monika Greenleaf teaches Slavic and comparative literature at Stanford University and is the author of "Pushkin and Romantic Fashion" and of a forthcoming book about Catherine the Great.
A daily dose of brilliance Glen David Gold, Glen David Gold is the author of the novel "Carter Beats the Devil."
A witness to journalistic history David Shaw, David Shaw, a Los Angeles Times columnist, has written about the media for The Times for 29 years and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1991.
A nebbish in search of true love Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The measure of a man Joanna Bourke, Joanna Bourke, professor of history at the University of London's Birkbeck College, is the author of "An Intimate History of Killing: Face to Face Killing in 20th Century Warfare."
Update From Times wire reports