What happened on June 27, 2004
Keeping It Real for the Voters James K. Galbraith, James K. Galbraith is chairman of Economists Allied for Arms Reduction (www.ecaar.org) and holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. chair in government/business relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas.
Beyond the Heavenly Hoopla Peter Garrison, Peter Garrison is a columnist for Flying magazine.
Latinos Fall to Footnote Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
New Jail Options Needed Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele, news editor of the Los Angeles Alternative Press, is heard on KPCC (89.3 FM) on Fridays.
The Ephemeral City Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is the author of "The City: A Global History," to be published by Modern Library.
A Worldwide Family Diana Abu-Jaber, Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of "Crescent" and "Arabian Jazz."
Power Is an Aphrodisiac That Can Carry an Extreme Price Steven E. Rhoads, Steven E. Rhoads, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia, is the author of "Taking Sex Differences Seriously."
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Timing Is Everything David Davis, David Davis last wrote for the magazine about Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof.
Dream team KT Harris, KT Harris last wrote for the magazine about artist Caz Love's pink Culver City home.
One Voice From the Jungle Candice Reed, Candice Reed last wrote for the magazine about the death of American civilian contractor Scott Helvenston in Iraq.
Who Chooses History? Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a regular contributor to The Times' Book Review.
Location, Location, Location Brenda Arechiga, Brenda Arechiga is a freelance writer and screenwriter in Los Angeles.
International mystery girl Carol Wolper, Carol Wolper is the author of the novels "The Cigarette Girl," "Secret Celebrity" and, most recently, "Mr. Famous."
Yesterday's seeds, today's harvest Mark Arax, Mark Arax, a Times staff writer, is the author of "In My Father's Name" and co-author of "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire," written with Times business editor Rick Wartzman.
Pilgrim in a desert land Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr, a professor of history at USC and state librarian emeritus, is the author of numerous books, including the forthcoming "Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003."
Vivid fantasy beyond Middle-earth Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including "The Left Hand of Darkness," "The Lathe of Heaven," "The Dispossessed" and, most recently, "The Wave in the Mind."
Our friend, the comma John Rechy, John Rechy is the author, most recently, of "The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens" and the forthcoming collection of essays "Beneath the Skin."
Life on the other side of the words Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is a Times staff writer and a frequent contributor to Book Review.