What happened on February 19, 2006
From B'wood to the 'hood Ryan J. Smith, RYAN J. SMITH is a Times researcher.
Light up, lose your job Joe Robinson, JOE ROBINSON is the author of "Work to Live."
Locked away in `breeding grounds for hatred' GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
The GOP's shotgun wedding Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, SHERRY BEBITCH JEFFE is a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC and a political analyst for KNBC-TV.
Can't we spread the hybrid goodies around? Lisa Margonelli, LISA MARGONELLI is an Irvine fellow at the New America Foundation. Her book about petroleum, "Oil On the Brain," will be published by Nan Talese/Doubleday this year.
By The Numbers SARAH MENDELSON , THEODORE GERBER, SARAH MENDELSON is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. THEODORE GERBER teaches sociology at the University of WisconsinMadison.
Subdividing Hollywood's mega-properties Kyle Pope, Kyle Pope, a former editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal, writes about media and business.
Fusillade of words Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
California's independent streak David Lesher and Mark Baldassare, David Lesher is the California program director of the New America Foundation. Mark Baldassare is research director at the Public Policy Institute of California and conducts its statewide surveys.
The day Khrushchev buried Stalin Nina L. Khrushcheva, Nina L. Khrushcheva teaches international affairs at New School University in New York. Her latest book, "Visiting Nabokov," is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
The speech that shook the world Robert Conquest, ROBERT CONQUEST, a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the author of many books on Stalin and Russia, including "The Great Terror," "The Harvest of Sorrow" and "Stalin and the Kirov Murder."
Not-so `Kindred Spirits' Rebecca Solnit, REBECCA SOLNIT'S "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities" is out in a new and expanded edition. A longer version of this article appears at Tomdispatch.com.
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Found and lost Brian Bouldrey, Brian Bouldrey, director of the English department's writing program at Northwestern University, is the author of the novel "The Boom Economy" and the essay collection "Monster: Adventures in American Machismo."
The high road Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of two story collections and, with Julianna Baggott, the forthcoming "Which Brings Me to You: A Novel."
A love story after all Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
The spaces between Chandrahas Choudhury, Chandrahas Choudhury is a writer based in Bombay. He also writes the literary weblog "The Middle Stage."
Three-part harmony Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of the forthcoming "You're Not the Boss of Me."
The last how-to Jon Fasman, Jon Fasman is the author of "The Geographer's Library: A Novel."
The politics of faith Ed Bacon, The Rev. Ed Bacon is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.
The parent trap Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a regular contributor to Book Review and other publications.
Promised land Ruben Martinez, Ruben Martinez is the author of "The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country" and "Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail."
Fast, but Not Furious David Lansing, David Lansing writes about wine and spirits for The Times.
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Go Marci Vogel, Marci Vogel writes a weekly column in the Culver City News.
Once You're in the Club, Mr. Dogg Is Simply Snoop [By Jason Alexander], Jason Alexander is a star of stage and screens both large and small. He also oversees Angel Ark Entertainment.
Hue Hot Broth Linda Burum, Linda Burum writes regularly for The Times` Food section.
The Most Fiendish Face in Movies Kenneth Turan, Kenneth Turan is a Times film critic and the author of "Never Coming to a Theater Near You." He is writing a biography of Lon Chaney.
The Other Beating Michael Goldstein, Michael Goldstein has written for the New York Daily News and others.
One Door Opens, Another Closes Sonia Nazario, Sonia Nazario is a Times staff writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for the series of stories that are the foundation of her forthcoming book, "Enrique`s Journey: The Story of a Boy`s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother."
Hanoi Heart Throbs Andrew Vontz, Andrew Vontz writes for Outside and Rolling Stone.