What happened on April 17, 2005
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Was the Pope Polish? Yes, Thank God Lech Walesa, Lech Walesa is the former president of Poland and founder of the Solidarity movement. This article was translated by his son, Jaroslaw Walesa.
Derail Trains and Ding Drivers Jonathan Richmond, Jonathan Richmond, a visiting fellow at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, is the author of "Transport of Delight -- The Mythical Conception of Rail Transit in Los Angeles."
The Scourge of Free Parking Donald C. Shoup, Donald C. Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA, is the author of "The High Cost of Free Parking." More information about cash for parking is available at www.bol.ucla.edu/~shoup.
A Cool Way to Unclog L.A. William Fulton, William Fulton is president of Solimar Research Group and a senior scholar at the School of Planning, Policy and Development at USC.
Pontificating Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Go West, Publishing Synergist David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is the author of "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith" (Viking, 2004).
Take the Boot Off Private Transit James E. Moore II, James E. Moore II, a professor of public policy and engineering, is chairman of the Daniel J. Epstein department of industrial and systems engineering at USC.
Teach Ideas, Not Ideology Lee C. Bollinger, Lee C. Bollinger is president of Columbia University.
Love Kids? Then Teaching Is Not for You Regina Powers, Regina Powers, a former elementary school teacher, is a writer and children's librarian.
One star fades, another rises Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
A softer sleuth Dick Lochte, Dick Lochte is a critic of crime fiction and the coauthor, with Christopher Darden, of the legal thriller "Lawless."
Noshing with celebrities David Ehrenstein, David Ehrenstein is the author of "Open Secret: Gay Hollywood, 1928-2000."
Victorian secrets Anthony Day, Anthony Day is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The mystery man is back Leslie S. Klinger, Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes."
That delicious feeling of dread Gavin J. Grant, Gavin J. Grant is a co-editor of the 2004 and 2005 editions of "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror," published by St. Martin's.
On the medical front Eric Lax, Eric Lax is the author, most recently, of "The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle."
Words that shrink distances between cultures Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Greenblatt is university professor of the humanities at Harvard University and the author of "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare," a finalist for the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in biography.
The Pummeled Puritan Heather King, Heather King is the author of the memoir "Parched," to be published in June by Chamberlain Bros.
Vanishing Carol Mithers, Carol Mithers last wrote for the magazine on medical marijuana activist Angel Raich.
Don't Be a 'Girlie Man' Lee Green, Lee Green last wrote for the magazine about the U.S. Forest Service.