What happened on July 16, 2006
Jesus in China Adam Minter, Adam Minter is a writer based in Shanghai. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, ARTnews, the Rake and West.
Under the Hood Lynell George, Lynell George is a senior writer for West. Her work has appeared in Ms., Essence, Vibe and other magazines, as well as in the essay collection "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology."
Aftershock Midge Raymond, Midge Raymond has received fiction prizes from the Indiana and Georgia State University reviews. Her work has also been published in the Ontario and North American reviews.
Watch for Twitches if You Meet the Old Girl Friday Anna T. Hirsh, Anna T. Hirsh has worked in post-production and set design, and as an intern for director Sofia Coppola.
My Beach Joy Nicholson, Joy Nicholson is the author of the novels "The Tribes of Palos Verdes" and "The Road to Esmeralda."
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Mom googled me ... oops Kerry Madden, KERRY MADDEN is the author of "Gentle's Holler."
First Kyoto, now the World Cup Michael Skube, MICHAEL SKUBE teaches journalism at Elon University in North Carolina.
Police the border, flood the courts Charles L. Lindner, CHARLES L. LINDNER is past president of the Los Angeles Criminal Bar Assn.
Everybody's a critic Kyle Pope, Kyle Pope, a former writer and editor for the Wall Street Journal, writes about business and the media.
This is not your grandpa's LAPD Constance L. Rice, Constance L. Rice, a civil rights attorney in Los Angeles, chaired the Rampart Review Panel, which released its final report last week..
Mental illness is not a crime Jim Randall, JIM RANDALL is the former president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Los Angeles County Coordinating Council.
How the Dems lost their faith GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Putting the dual-loyalty myth to rest Sergio Munoz, SERGIO MUnOZ is a former editorial writer for The Times. He is now a contributing editor to the paper, and his weekly syndicated column in Spanish appears in 20 newspapers in 12 countries.
By William Powers William Powers, William Powers is the media critic for National Journal.
Bush is no Nixon -- he's worse Morton H. Halperin, MORTON H. HALPERIN served in the administrations of presidents Johnson, Nixon and Clinton. He is a senior fellow of the Center for American Progress and the director of U.S. Advocacy for the Open Society Institute.
Western interiors Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Southern discomfort Samantha Dunn, Samantha Dunn is the author of "Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation," "Failing Paris" and "Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life."
The true heavyweight Benjamin Weissman, Benjamin Weissman is the author of two books of short fiction, most recently "Headless."
Addictive little mind games Erik Himmelsbach, Erik Himmelsbach, a writer and television producer, is working on a book about the history of Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM and the alternative-culture revolution.
His oeuvre, our groove Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and editor of "The Couple Next Door: Collected Short Mysteries" by Margaret Millar.
Mysteries of modern Egypt Michael Haag, Michael Haag is the author of "Alexandria: City of Memory."
Uncharted territory John Balzar, Staff writer John Balzar is the author of "Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race."
Parental discretion advised Marion Winik, NPR commentator Marion Winik is the author of "Above Us Only Sky" and "First Comes Love."
What lies beneath Stephanie Hanson, Stephanie Hanson is a freelance writer and a staff member with the Council on Foreign Relations website.
One-man rebellion Adam Hill, Adam Hill is a critic and poet whose work is featured in "How Much Earth: An Anthology of Fresno Poets," edited by Christopher Buckley. He teaches literature at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.