What happened on June 12, 2005
First Truth About the Homeless: Nobody Cares Douglas MacKinnon, Douglas MacKinnon was press secretary to former Sen. Bob Dole. Now an author, he was also a White House and Pentagon official. vvvv
Africa's Suffering Is Bush's Shame Jeffrey D. Sachs, Jeffrey D. Sachs is a Columbia University economist and special advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Immigrants Get Ordinary in Old Age John Pitkin and Dowell Myers, John Pitkin and Dowell Myers conduct the California Demographic Futures project at USC as senior research associate and professor of policy, planning and development, respectively.
Send in the White Coats to Vanquish the Virus Thomas J. Coates, Thomas J. Coates is a professor of medicine in the infectious diseases division at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. He also is a member of the executive committee of the UCLA AIDS Institute.
Give Us Our Schools Back David Abel, David Abel is chairman of the civic organization New Schools/ Better Neighborhoods. He is president of Abel & Associates, a public policy consulting firm serving public and private clients.
The Times Treats Cool County Like Cudahy Gustavo Arellano, Gustavo Arellano is a staff writer with OC Weekly and fourth-generation Orange Countian. He also urges The Times to coax legendary baseball writer -- and Orange County resident -- Ross Newhan out of retirement.
Why the Dead Are a Killer Act Michael Sappol, Michael Sappol is author of "A Traffic of Dead Bodies" (Princeton University Press, 2002).
Mosquitoes Don't Discriminate Susan Zakin, Susan Zakin is the editor of "Naked: Writers Uncover the Way We Live on Earth."
Hollywood's Spooky Spirituality Diane Winston, Diane Winston is the Knight chair in media and religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC and the author of "Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army."
Calmly Contemplating the Abyss Timothy Garton Ash, Timothy Garton Ash is professor of European studies at St. Antony's College in Oxford, England.
Is Jacko Our Wilde Man? Elaine Showalter, Elaine Showalter is a cultural critic, professor emeritus of English at Princeton University and R. Stanton Avery research fellow at the Huntington Library. She is the author of "Sexual Anarchy" and, most recently, "Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and at Its Discontents."
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Evolving hero Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.
Inner demons, outer demons Michael Harris, Michael Harris is the author of "The Chieu Hoi Saloon: A Novel" and is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Six drinks of destiny: Here's mud in your eye Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
The wrong stuff Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of "The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories" and "Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America."
Text messages James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia."
Amid clashing cultures, a faith in the future Zachary Karabell, Zachary Karabell is the author of several books, including "Parting the Desert."
Watching as Batman takes wing Max Allan Collins, Max Allan Collins is a filmmaker and author of the award-winning Nathan Heller series of novels. His many credits include the graphic novel "Road to Perdition," "Dick Tracy," "Ms. Tree," "Batman" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
Looking back to see where you're headed David Ebershoff, David Ebershoff is the author of the novels "The Danish Girl" and "Pasadena."
American optimism with Latino roots Michael Jaime-Becerra, Michael Jaime-Becerra is the author of "Every Night Is Ladies' Night."
The Dad Redefined Lisa Teasley, Novelist Lisa Teasley is the author of the forthcoming "Heat Signature."
Time Pieces Kent Black and Avital Binshtock
There Is Evil Leroy Sievers, Leroy Sievers is a former executive producer of "Nightline."
Irreconcilable Differences Johanna Neuman, Johanna Neuman is a Times staff writer based in Washington, D.C.
Unsustainable? Eryn Brown, Eryn Brown's last piece for the magazine was about traditionalist Catholic churches.