What happened on August 06, 2006
'Baby, Give Me a Kiss' Claire Hoffman, Claire Hoffman covers Hollywood and the adult entertainment industry for The Times.
Saving the Marsh Aleta George, Aleta George is a columnist for Bay Nature magazine.
Bamboo Boom Ginny Chien, Ginny Chien is an editor at Angeleno.
The Kuppenheims Jake Fuchs, Jake Fuchs has published two satirical mysteries, "Death of a Dad" and "Death of a Prof."
Roses for Grisha Steinman Louise Steinman, Louise Steinman is the author of the memoir "The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War."
No Tylenol Required David Lansing, David Lansing writes about wine and spirits for The Times.
Bamboozled Michelle Huneven, Michelle Huneven is a former restaurant critic and author of the novels "Jamesland" and "Round Rock."
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Backwoods ballad Denise Hamilton, Denise Hamilton is the author of the Eve Diamond crime novels, including, most recently, "Prisoner of Memory."
Why you can't get that song out of your head Mark Coleman, Mark Coleman is the author of "Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money."
No experience required Kit R. Roane, Kit R. Roane, a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report, was one of a handful of un-embedded journalists to make it to Baghdad with advancing coalition forces in 2003.
Rainbow warriors Jennifer Joseph, Jennifer Joseph is editor and publisher of Manic D Press.
Covering conflicts, and creating them Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic of The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Mysteries of the heart Miles Corwin, Miles Corwin is the author of "The Killing Season," "And Still We Rise" and "Homicide Special."
A different kind of believer Michael S. Roth, Michael S. Roth is president of California College of the Arts in the Bay Area and author of "The Ironist's Cage: Memory, Trauma and the Construction of History."
The devil wore plaid James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut."
Oh, the irony of it all Hillary Frey, Hillary Frey is the books editor for Salon.
Why I quit the prison system Jeanne S. Woodford, Jeanne S. Woodford spent 28 years working in the California prisons and was the acting head of the state corrections department when she resigned in April.
For $300, The Times is yours Calvin Naito, CALVIN NAITO has worked in corporate, governmental and political communications. He lives in Los Angeles. E-mail: Calvin@CalvinNaito.com.
A new, messier Mideast Aaron David Miller, Aaron David Miller is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He served as an advisor to six secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.
City Hall fight club D.J. Waldie, D.J. WALDIE is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles" and "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir."
How you can turn the tide David Helvarg, DAVID HELVARG is president of the Blue Frontier Campaign (www.bluefront.org) and the author of "50 Ways to Save the Ocean."
Barbarians with wings Tom Engelhardt, TOM ENGELHARDT runs Tomdispatch.com, where a longer version of this essay appeared. His latest book, "Mission Unaccomplished," a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, is being published in October by Nation Books.
Call in the feds Joe Domanick, Joe Domanick, author of "Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State," is senior fellow in criminal justice at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
What I saw behind bars Pat Nolan, PAT NOLAN is a vice president of Prison Fellowship (www.prisonfellowship.org), the world's largest outreach to prisoners and their families.
The oceans need a hand Larry Crowder, LARRY CROWDER is the director of the Duke University Center for Marine Conservation at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. He is lead author of a paper published last week in Science on ocean governance.
Cuba libre! GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.