What happened on April 30, 2006
The handouts that feed poverty William Easterly, WILLIAM EASTERLY is a professor of economics at New York University and the author of "The White Man's Burden: How the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good."
A writer unblocked Wesley Strick, Wesley Strick is a screenwriter whose credits include "Cape Fear" (1991) and "Return to Paradise" (1998). His first novel, "Out There in the Dark," was published this year by St. Martin's Press.
French blinders GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
How to trap a good cop Jack Dunphy, Jack Dunphy is the pseudonym of a Los Angeles police officer who writes a column for National Review Online.
A day without all-stars? 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.
Read the news, go to jail David Wise, DAVID WISE writes frequently about intelligence and secrecy. He is the author of "Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America."
Who's who? Jonathan Freedland, JONATHAN FREEDLAND is an editorial page columnist for the Guardian of London. His novel, "The Righteous Men," written under the name Sam Bourne, will be published in August by HarperCollins.
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Open wounds J.D. Dolan, J.D. Dolan is the author of "Phoenix: A Brother's Life" and is at work on a screenplay based on the life of Ralph Greenleaf.
Connecting threads Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Love in the works Mark Essig, Mark Essig is the author of "Edison & the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death."
Reality TV Howard Rosenberg, Howard Rosenberg, The Times' former television critic, won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of "Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television."
A storied view Nicholas Goldberg, Nicholas Goldberg is editor of the op-ed page and the Current section of The Times.
Department of offense Max Frankel, Max Frankel, former executive editor of the New York Times, is the author of "High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis."
Seeds of a life Sonja Bolle, Sonja Bolle is a freelance book editor. She also reviews children's books for Newsday.
Home, where the heartbreak is Jon Fasman, Jon Fasman is the author of "The Geographer's Library: A Novel."
War is hell Chris Ayres, Chris Ayres is Los Angeles correspondent for the Times of London and the author of "War Reporting for Cowards."
Not going with the flow D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes From Los Angeles."
Roots That Run Deep Lee McCarthy, Lee McCarthy is a poet whose books include "Good Girl" and "Desire's Door."
House Leilah Bernstein, Leilah Bernstein is an associate editor for West.
Hoe Mark Arax, Mark Arax is a senior writer for West.
Recipe Ann Herold, Ann Herold is West's managing editor.
Kaboom, Swat, Clang Jim Hayes, Jim Hayes, a former newspaper editor and reporter, is a writing coach in Los Osos.
Where Father Ends and Son Begins J.R. Moehringer, J.R. Moehringer is a senior writer for West and the author of the memoir "The Tender Bar."
Silver Jessica Gelt, Jessica Gelt is the assistant research editor for West.
Between Us Women Stephanie Waxman, Stephanie Waxman teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.