What happened on June 26, 2005
One Final Con Richard A. Serrano, Richard A. Serrano is a Times staff writer. He last wrote for the magazine about a troubled Muslim U.S. Army sergeant.
Spray It On Annabelle Gurwitch, Actress Annabelle Gurwitch is a contributing writer for "Day to Day" on National Public Radio and author of the play "Fired."
Mountains Among Us Paul Haddad, Paul Haddad is a freelance writer and TV production executive in Los Angeles.
Dying on our dime andra Kobrin, Sandra Kobrin is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Home Is Where a Mini-mall Could Be Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
A New Stage for Homeless Musician Steve Lopez, Reach the columnist at email@example.com and read previous columns at www.latimes.com/lopez.
When Mother's Milk Is Just Not Good Enough Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus." She co-edits the InkWell blog for the Independent Women's Forum.
What the Bullies Did to Uncle Abe Peter Birkenhead, Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Los Angeles.
Low- Hanging Fruit Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Boomerang Justices -- Ouch! Edward Lazarus, Edward Lazarus, a lawyer in private practice, is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
Can Rebels Revive the Labor Movement? Nelson Lichtenstein, Nelson Lichtenstein teaches history at UC Santa Barbara and directs the Center for Work, Labor and Democracy there.
Judges Rule Vikram Amar, Vikram Amar is a law professor at UC Hastings College of the Law.
Judges: The Law Is the Law Douglas W. Kmiec, Douglas W. Kmiec is a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University.
Shout It Out, Howard, We're Listening Jim Edmunson, Jim Edmunson is chairman of the Oregon Democratic Party. He is an attorney in private practice in Eugene, and he served four terms in the state Legislature. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Strip Show to Skid Row Diane Winston, Diane Winston, Knight professor of media and religion at USC, can be reached at email@example.com.
The New York Times Shafted My Father Michael Cross-Barnet, Michael Cross-Barnet, formerly an editor at the Los Angeles Times, is an editor at the Baltimore Sun.
The Saudi royals and Al Qaeda Simon Henderson, Simon Henderson is a senior fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of its study "After King Fahd: Succession in Saudi Arabia."
Ray Bradbury's sunny terrors Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is at work on a book about the origins of the biblical Book of Revelation and its role in American history and politics.
A father-finding mission to L.A. Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire."
Rumors, greatly exaggerated, of reading's demise Marc Weingarten, Marc Weingarten is the author of the forthcoming "The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, and the New Journalism Revolution."
Living by wits and trusty blade Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of numerous books, including "A Gentle Madness," "A Splendor of Letters" and the forthcoming "Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World."
A glorious and terrible history Patricia Storace, Patricia Storace is the author of "Heredity," a book of poems, and "Dinner With Persephone," a travel memoir about Greece.
Rising, continually, from the ashes Nathaniel Rich, Nathaniel Rich writes for numerous publications, including Slate, the Village Voice and The Times.
The devil wears Dolce & Gabbana Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is the deputy entertainment editor for the Times' Business section.
Finding the Zen in suburban angst Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is an occasional contributor to Book Review and an editorial assistant for the New Yorker.