What happened on July 30, 2006
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Bill Gates, the nation's superintendent of schools Diane Ravitch, DIANE RAVITCH is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of education at New York University.
Where a porn palace stood Douglas Johnson, Douglas Johnson is a fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College.
Resilence among the ruins GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
The return of Turkey's Kurdish problem Henri J. Barkey, HENRI J. BARKEY, chairman of the International Relations Department at Lehigh University, is a former member of the State Department's policy planning staff.
Slouching toward the apocalypse Eugene Linden, EUGENE LINDEN is the author of "The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather and the Destruction of Civilizations."
Mr. Businessman, help heal the sick Len Nichols and Peter Harbage, LEN NICHOLS is director of the health policy program at the New America Foundation in Washington. PETER HARBAGE, based in Sacramento, is the senior program associate of New America's health policy program and president of Harbage Consulting.
Why good countries fight dirty wars Caleb Carr, Caleb Carr is visiting professor of military studies at Bard College. He is the author of "The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians."
Iraq isn't about us anymore JUDITH S. YAPHE, JUDITH S. YAPHE is Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. For more than 20 years, she was a political analyst on the Middle East at the CIA. The views expressed here are her own.
Downtown's bipolar housing policy Joseph Mailander, JOSEPH MAILANDER is editor of MartiniRepublic.com, a Los Angeles-based political and cultural blog.
The downside of upscale Tom Slater, Tom Slater is a lecturer in urban studies at the University of Bristol in Britain. He is the coauthor of "Gentrification," to be published by Routledge in the spring of 2007.
The lure of the `five finger discount' Rachel Shteir, RACHEL SHTEIR, the author of "Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show," is working on a book about kleptomania.
Briefly From Times staff and wire reports
Look out below Bill Holm, Bill Holm's latest book of poems is "Playing the Black Piano." He teaches writing at Southwest Minnesota State University and spends summers in northern Iceland.
The crusader Wayne Barrett, Wayne Barrett, a senior editor at the Village Voice, has covered New York politics for 30 years. His latest book, "Grand Illusion: Rudy Giuliani and the Untold Story of 9/11," co-authored with Dan Collins, will be published in August.
A campaign without end Peter Schrag, Peter Schrag, a columnist and former editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, is the author, most recently, of "California: America's High Stakes Experiment."
Strange, in a stranger land J.D. Dolan, J.D. Dolan teaches at Western Michigan University and was recently awarded a fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Unfinished family business Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Gothic dreams Joanna Scott, Joanna Scott's most recent novel is "Liberation."
Outrageous beauty Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury writes reviews for a variety of publications.
He contains multitudes Eloise Klein Healy, Eloise Klein Healy was founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University. Her most recent poetry collection is "Passing."
The language of life Robert Lee Hotz, Robert Lee Hotz is a Times staff writer who covers science.
Deal Breaker Joe Mathews, Joe Mathews covers labor and politics for The Times. This article is adapted from Joe Mathews' upcoming book "The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy" (PublicAffairs), Copyright 2006 by Joe Mathews.
At the Worst Meeting Ever, Remember the Best One Emily Dwass, Emily Dwass is writing a screenplay based on Ann Hood's novel "Places to Stay the Night."
Great-Aunt Gertie and the 1939 Expo Ellen Kaye, Ellen Kaye is the coauthor of "The Wine Guy." Her work has also been published in the New York Times and CHOW magazine.
The Great Right Place: James Ellroy Comes Home James Ellroy, James Ellroy is the author of 16 books, including "The Black Dahlia," which will be released as a film directed by Brian De Palma in September.
It Will Be Sweet Laura Golden Bellotti, Laura Golden Bellotti is the author of "Holy Triangle: Stories of Pico-Robertson," and the co-author of four nonfiction books.