What happened on December 04, 2005
The gift that keeps on giving Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Pop culture's paper trail David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Shadow catchers Geoff Dyer, Geoff Dyer is the author, most recently, of a book about photography, "The Ongoing Moment."
Return to Narnia Laura Miller, Laura Miller is a staff writer for Salon.com and the editor of "The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors."
A stupid waste J.T. Allen, J.T. Allen wrote the screenplay for "Redemption," starring Jamie Foxx and Lynn Whitfield.
Preventive war, a useful tool Ivo Daalder and James Steinberg, Ivo Daalder is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. James Steinberg, a vice president at Brookings, is dean at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy at the University of Texas. An expanded version of this article appears in the Winter 2005 issue of the American Interest.
Art of the steal Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Secrets of the Baghdad giggle sheets Henry Beard, HENRY BEARD, a former editor of the National Lampoon, is the author of "French Cats Don't Get Fat," "A Cat's Night Before Christmas" and "A Dog's Night Before Christmas."
Hussein's trial, Iraq's future Allen S. Weiner, ALLEN S. WEINER is the Warren Christopher professor of the practice of international law and diplomacy at Stanford University.
Let black Los Angeles decide Williams' fate Ted Hayes, Ted Hayes is the founder and executive director of Dome Village, a residential program that helps homeless people find employment.
'Thug life' must be stopped George J. McKenna III, George J. McKenna III is the assistant superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District.
Governor, let Tookie live Charles L. Lindner, Charles L. Lindner, past president of the Los Angeles Criminal Bar Assn., has tried many capital cases, eight of which went to the penalty phase. He has one client on death row.
Our real heroes don't kill black kids Joe R. Hicks, Joe R. Hicks is a social critic, commentator and vice president of Community Advocate Inc. He formerly directed the activities of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission and Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Should we kill this Crip? Joshua Marquis, Joshua Marquis, district attorney of Clatsop County, Ore., is vice president of the National District Attorneys Assn. and coauthor of "Debating the Death Penalty."
A pootbutt's scary life in outer space L.A. Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon, co-editor of the Cocaine Chronicles, is finishing "The Pootbutt Survives, a Memoir of Growing up in the Hood."
Answers to five 'repulsive' questions Maher Hathout, Maher Hathout is senior advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council and a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California.
Israel could live with a fractured, failed Iraq Shlomo Avineri, Shlomo Avineri teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a former director-general of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Prefabulous Michael Webb, Michael Webb has written 20 books on architecture and design, most recently "Art/Invention/House" and "Adventurous Wine Architecture."
My Star-Crossed Life Kathleen Clary Miller, Kathleen Clary Miller is a freelance writer based in San Juan Capistrano.
Their War, My Memories Patrick J. McDonnell, Patrick J. McDonnell is The Times' Buenos Aires bureau chief.