What happened on April 02, 2006
A Mother's Crime Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
Back Off, Bakersfield Gerald Haslam, Gerald Haslam is a contributing writer for West and the author of 25 books, including "Workin' Man's Blues: Country Music in California."
Things I Want Back From You Elizabeth Bernstein, Elizabeth Bernstein is the founder and editor of the Big Ugly Review, an online literary journal.
Before You Ask Her Out, Do a Background Check Charles E. Johnson, Charles E. Johnson is a screenwriter whose projects include "The George McKenna Story" and "Beyond Atlantis."
A Letter From the Epicenter: Celebrating the End That Never Came Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Solnit is a contributing writer for West and the author, most recently, of "A Field Guide to Getting Lost."
Into the Frying Pan Ann Herold, Ann Herold is West's managing editor.
Fatal Attraction Gary Polakovic, Gary Polakovic is a Times staff writer.
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The invisible illegal immigrants Xiao-huang Yin, XIAO-HUANG YIN, professor and chair of the American Studies Program at Occidental College, is author of "Chinese American Literature Since the 1850s" and co-editor of "The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations."
The madness of March: Heroes don't get paid Dave Zirin, DAVE ZIRIN is the author of "What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States" and a columnist for Slam magazine.
Border lines Joel Pett, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
`Homing pigeons' have landed GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation.
Not ready for their close-ups Pat Jordan, PAT JORDAN pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor that ultimately was wiped from his record. He is working on a book about his father called "The Gambler's Son."
When foreign aid is an ATM Helen Epstein, Helen Epstein is a visiting scholar at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is the author of "Why Don't They Listen: Africa, the West and the Fight Against AIDS," forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in early 2007.
The love left behind Sonia Nazario, Times staff writer Sonia Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, "Enrique's Journey," was published as a book by Random House in February.
The consciousness puzzle David P. Barash, David P. Barash is professor of psychology at the University of Washington and tries to be conscious, at least part of the time.
What George Lopez can teach Univision Kyle Pope, Kyle Pope, a former editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal, writes about media and business.
Cosmic data Margaret Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim, author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet," is at work on a book about the role of imagination in theoretical physics.
Head games Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
More new books Nick Owchar;Kristina Lindgren
Oh me, oh my Michael Joseph Gross, Michael Joseph Gross is the author of "Starstruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame," which has just been released in paperback.
Reckless abandon Lisa Teasley, Lisa Teasley is the author of the story collection "Glow in the Dark" and two novels, "Dive" and the forthcoming "Heat Signature."
The tarnished Golden State Kevin Roderick, Kevin Roderick, editor of the website LA Observed, is the author of "The San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb" and "Wilshire Boulevard: The Grand Concourse of Los Angeles."
Taking their hits Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is a Times staff writer.
A twist of lemon Donna Rifkind, Donna Rifkind's reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
The view from the stands Arnold Hano, Arnold Hano has written biographies of Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He lives in Southern California.