What happened on August 20, 2006
500,000 haven't gone home Joel Kotkin, JOEL KOTKIN, an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of "The City: A Global History." He is working on a study of upward mobility in Houston.
The world's scapegoat Paul Kennedy, PAUL KENNEDY is a professor of history at Yale University. His latest book is "The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations."
Why do they hate us? Ask the Russians Rajan Menon, RAJAN MENON, a fellow at the New America Foundation, is Monroe J. Rathbone professor of international relations at Lehigh University.
Scent of a season Karen Stabiner, Karen Stabiner is the editor of "The Empty Nest: 31 Writers Tell the Truth About Relationships, Love and Freedom After the Kids Fly the Coop," which will be published in 2007.
Mississippi comeback George Penick and K. Jack Riley, GEORGE PENICK is director of the Rand Gulf States Policy Institute. K. JACK RILEY is associate director of the infrastructure, safety and environment division of the Rand Corp. The institute is helping guide Mississippi's rebuilding program.
Shedding light on all those blackouts Steven P. Erie, STEVEN P. ERIE, professor of political science at UC San Diego, is researching a book on California energy policy.
How to grab back control on illegal immigration Peter Skerry, Peter Skerry teaches political science at Boston College and is nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Soul survival Christine Wiltz, CHRISTINE WILTZ is the author of five books, her latest being "The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld."
Iran's caricature of a contest Thane Rosenbaum, THANE ROSENBAUM, a novelist, essayist and law professor, is the author, most recently, of "The Myth of Moral Justice."
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Going deep Janice P. Nimura, Janice P. Nimura's reviews have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Delusions of genius Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the editor of the anthology "The Essential Chaplin."
Back in the U.S.S.R. Michael Sims, Michael Sims is the author of "Adam's Navel" and editor of "The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel."
One inmate's call for reform Edward Humes, Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of numerous books, including "No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court," "School of Dreams" and the forthcoming "Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream."
Ephron's world Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Dogged advice about romance Veronique de Turenne, Veronique de Turenne is the book critic for National Public Radio's "Day to Day."
A mine disaster and its ripple effects Laura M. Mac Donald, Laura M. Mac Donald is the author of "Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917."
Time's up Jack Miles, Jack Miles, a MacArthur Fellow (2003-07), is the general editor of the forthcoming "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
The digital world order Cara Mia DiMassa, Cara Mia DiMassa is a Times staff writer.