What happened on February 12, 2006
Why we worship `American Idol' Thomas de Zengotita, THOMAS DE ZENGOTITA, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, is the author of "Mediated."
Diet tips from the 16th century Greg Critser, Greg Critser is the author of "Generation Rx" and "Fat Land."
The skinny pink paycheck syndrome E.J. Graff and Evelyn Murphy, EVELYN MURPHY, the former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, is founding director of the WAGE Project. E.J. GRAFF is senior researcher at the Brandeis Institute for Investigative Journalism, and most recently collaborated on Murphy's new book, "Getting Even: Why Women Still Don't Get Paid Like Men -- And What to Do About It."
Pellicano came after me too Charles Fleming, CHARLES FLEMING teaches entertainment journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and is the author of "High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess."
Race walls won't end jail riots Jody Kent, JODY KENT is coordinator of the Jails Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
A political blueprint for Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, ZALMAY KHALILZAD is the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
Fire from the home front Nate Boaz, NATE BOAZ, a former Marine Corps captain, is a second-year student at the Harvard Business School.
Great emancipators David P. Barash, DAVID P. BARASH is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington.
For one Marine, torture came home Ann Louise Bardach, ANN LOUISE BARDACH writes the Interrogation column for Slate and is the author of "Cuba Confidential, Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana." Her article on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ties to the tabloids was a finalist for last year's PEN USA journalism award.
The war you didn't see Robert C.J. Parry, ROBERT C.J. PARRY, a first lieutenant in the California Army National Guard's 1-184 Infantry, is a senior account manager for a Century City public relations firm. Contact him at email@example.com. The opinions expressed here are his own.
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Dorms Fuel Jail Unrest Sharon Bernstein and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
In Beverly Hills, Even the Trash Can Be Pricey Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey can be reached at (800) LATIMES, Ext. 77083, by fax at (213) 237-4712, by mail at Metro, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A. 90012, and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recalling `Separate But Equal' in O.C. Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at dana .email@example.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
Mystery and manners Lelia Ruckenstein, Lelia Ruckenstein is a critic and the editor, with James A. O'Malley, of "Everything Irish: The History, Literature, Art, Music, People and Places of Ireland, from A to Z."
Doors open, doors close Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Talking points Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time.
The gallant blade Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of several books, including "Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World."
Shellshocked Josh Kun, Josh Kun, an English professor at UC Riverside, is the author of "Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America."
Earth's fragile dance Emily Green, Emily Green is a Times staff writer.
Object lessons Dana Goodyear, Dana Goodyear is an editor at the New Yorker. She is the author of the book of poems "Honey and Junk."
Wherefore the Double-Double? Joe Christiano, Joe Christiano has written for the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine.
If You`re Out by Monday, Never Ask Why Christian Williams, Christian Williams, a contributing writer to West, has worked on "Hill Street Blues" and "Six Feet Under," among other shows.
The Height of L.A. Living Barbara Thornburg; Josslyn Luckett; Ruben Guevara; Kent Black, Barbara Thornburg is a senior editor for West and past president of the Los Angeles Conservancy. * Josslyn Luckett is a screenwriter and essayist whose work is set to appear in a new anthology, "What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories of Sex and Love." * Ruben Guevara is a journalist, bandleader (Ruben and the Jets), poet and founder/director of Arts 4 City Youth, an arts program based in Boyle Heights. * Kent Black is style editor of West. He has written for, among others, Rolling Stone, GQ and the New York Times Magazine.
Lost and Found. And Lost Again? Carla Shapreau, Carla Shapreau is a violin maker and lawyer. She is the coauthor of "Violin Fraud: Deception, Forgery, Theft, and Lawsuits in England and America."