What happened on October 30, 2005
I'm Sorry Kyle Zirpolo, as told to Debbie Nathan, Kyle Zirpolo is a 30-year-old former McMartin Pre-School student who now manages a supermarket on California's central coast. Debbie Nathan is a writer in New York and coauthor, with appellate attorney Michael Snedeker, of "Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt." She also is a board member of the National Center for Reason and Justice, a nonprofit group that works to educate the public about people falsely charged with child abuse.
Hardship City Scott Duke Harris, Scott Duke Harris last wrote for the magazine about the Orange County "affluenza" epidemic.
Dirty Moves James Brown, James Brown is the author of several novels and the memoir "Los Angeles Diaries" (Perennial, 2004). He lives in Lake Arrowhead.
Channeling Hiram Joe Mathews, Joe Mathews is a Times staff writer.
Death Takes a Holiday Pamela Freundl Kirst, Pamela Freundl Kirst is a psychologist and writer who lives in Santa Monica.
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Mapping out the borderland Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is at work on a study of the biblical book of Revelation and its role in American politics and pop culture.
A couple's uncoupling Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
An epic of gastronomic proportions Marc Weingarten, Marc Weingarten is the author of the forthcoming book "The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution."
'Gazooney' belonged to Grover Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and the editor of Margaret Millar's "The Couple Next Door: Collected Short Mysteries."
Anti-gravity solar system Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin has published five volumes of poetry and 19 novels as well as short fiction, criticism, children's books and translations. Her most recent book is the novel "Gifts," winner of a PEN/USA Award.
Working his 40 Acres Angela Ards, Angela Ards is a freelance journalist and doctoral candidate in African American and 20th century American literature at Princeton University.
The devil and Mr. Cooke Charles R. Cross, Charles R. Cross is the author of "Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix."
Sell an organ, save a life Russell Korobkin, RUSSELL KOROBKIN is a UCLA law professor and a faculty associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Erasing the line Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The lariat or the noose Bill Whalen, Bill Whalen, former chief speechwriter for Gov. Pete Wilson, is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
Billy, give regard to Broadway Brady Westwater, Brady Westwater is president of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.
Lawmakers stole your vote James Q. Wilson, James Q. Wilson teaches at Pepperdine University and before that at UCLA. He is the author of "American Government."
A blow to unions might not hurt Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe is a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC, and a political analyst for KNBC-TV.
The secret force behind the propositions Jamie Court, Jamie Court, author of "Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom And What You Can Do About It" (Tarcher/Putnam), works with Electionwatchdog.org.
Playing with parks Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Homeowner tax breaks are breaking the budget Maya MacGuineas, Maya MacGuineas is the director of the Fiscal Policy Program at the New America Foundation.
Democracy's evil twin Jules Tygiel, Jules Tygiel, professor of history at San Francisco State University, is author of "Ronald Reagan and the Triumph of American Conservatism."
Pope's September surprise John L. Allen Jr., JOHN L. ALLEN JR. is the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and author of "The Rise of Benedict XVI" and "Opus Dei," both from Doubleday.
Homeless need help, not ACLU Jan Perry, JAN PERRY represents the L.A. City Council's 9th District, which includes much of downtown Los Angeles.