What happened on January 25, 2004
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From Syria, With Love Ross Newhan, Ross Newhan is The Times' national baseball writer and a member of the writers wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He last wrote for the magazine about baseball agent Scott Boras.
Fat, Feminism, Phooey Lisa Palac, Lisa Palac is a regular contributor to the magazine.
Infinite Ingress Lee Green, Lee Green lives in Ventura. He last wrote for the magazine about the U.S. ban on hemp cultivation.
Woody Guthrie's Not-So-Golden State Ed Cray, Ed Cray is a journalism professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC and the author of biographies of George C. Marshall and Earl Warren. "Ramblin' Man" will be published next month by W.W. Norton & Co.
French Cuisine Is Going Up in Flambe Stephen Bayley, Stephen Bayley is a London design consultant and author of "A Dictionary of Idiocy" (Gibson Square Books, London, 2003).
Art, Anger, Ambiguity in Bloody Image Jonathan Jones, Jonathan Jones is the art critic for the Guardian newspaper in London.
The Politics of Prayer Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of California legislative and congressional campaigns.
The Wilderness Card Rick Bass, Rick Bass, a novelist and essayist, is the author of "The Book of Yaak" and editor of an anthology, "The Roadless Yaak."
White House Rivals Running on Empty William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: warkin@igc .org.
Truth: a Bitter Pill for Drug Makers Greg Critser, Greg Critser is the author of the forthcoming "One Nation Under Pills" and "Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World," recently out in paperback.
Primaries Make Voters Secondary Matthew Dallek, Matthew Dallek, who served as a speechwriter for Rep. Dick Gephardt from 1999-2002, is the author of "The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics."
Syria's Door Ajar for U.S., Israel Steven L. Spiegel, Steven L. Spiegel is professor of political science and director of the Middle East Regional Security Program at the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA.
A Home for the Homeless: It's What Jesus Would Do Dwight Smith, Dwight Smith works for Catholic Worker, a community service group that runs the largest homeless shelter in Orange County.
If You Want to Build a Better Community, It Takes a School David Abel and Jonathan Fielding, Jonathan Fielding is director of public health for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and a professor of public health and pediatrics at UCLA. David Abel is an attorney and founder and Chairman of New Schools/ Better Neighborhoods (www.nsbn.org). He is a former member of LAUSD's Citizens School Bond Oversight Committee.
Two-State Solution Again Sells Palestinians Short George Bisharat, George Bisharat is a professor at the University of California's Hastings College of Law.
Bush's Call for Job Training: Cruel Joke on Unemployed Gordon Lafer, Gordon Lafer is an associate professor at the University of Oregon's Labor Education and Research Center and author of "The Job Training Charade" (Cornell University Press, 2002).
A revolutionary in the spotlight and in exile David J. Garrow, David J. Garrow is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Bearing the Cross," a biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Affirming the power of doubt Gordon Marino, Gordon Marino is Boldt distinguished professor in the humanities and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College.
Rich, famous and oh, so sick Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
If you lived here, you'd be home now Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana is the author of several novels set in Los Angeles. His most recent book is "Do Everything in the Dark."
Olympian organizers Peter Green, Peter Green is the author of "Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age," the Dougherty Centennial professor of classics emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin and adjunct professor of classics at the University of Iowa.
The writer's elusive soul Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel writes the monthly "Film on Paper" column for Book Review. His latest book is "Woody Allen: A Life in Film," and his latest film is "Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin."
Civilization's beginnings Mary Lefkowitz, Mary Lefkowitz is Andrew Mellon professor in the humanities at Wellesley College. She is the author of "Not Out of Africa" and most recently "Greek Gods, Human Lives."
Tender, melancholy observations on the inner life James Marcus, James Marcus is a critic, journalist, translator and author of the forthcoming "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut."
Nehru, Gandhi and a dream state James Traub, James Traub has lived and worked in India as a teacher and is the author of "India: The Challenge of Change."