What happened on June 04, 2006
Can Zidane deliver one last time? Sebastian Rotella, SEBASTIAN ROTELLA is Times bureau chief in Paris.
Croatia brought sakka home to a Japanese city Bruce Wallace, BRUCE WALLACE is Times bureau chief in Tokyo. Hisako Ueno of The Times' bureau contributed to this article.
America sidelined Andres Martinez, ANDRES MARTINEZ is The Times' editorial page editor.
Put soccer on steroids T.J. Simers, T.J. SIMERS is a sports columnist for The Times.
Bring back the vital center Peter Beinart, PETER BEINART is editor-at-large of the New Republic and author of "The Good Fight: Why Liberals -- and Only Liberals -- Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again," published this month by HarperCollins.
Look! Up in the sky ... It's Al Gore! Elliot S. Maggin, ELLIOT S. MAGGIN, a novelist and educator, was principal writer of Superman comics from 1971 to 1986.
German angst and Cup fever GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
All literature is local Susan Straight, Susan Straight is the author of "I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots," "Highwire Moon" and, most recently, "A Million Nightingales."
Goldman Sachs rules the world Kyle Pope, Kyle Pope, a former writer and editor for the Wall Street Journal, writes about business and the media.
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Los Matadoritos Paul Cullum, Paul Cullum has contributed to LA Weekly, Playboy and Variety.
Wrist Candy Elizabeth Khuri, Elizabeth Khuri is the assistant style editor for West.
The Happiest Hour Marisela Norte, Marisela Norte is a contributing writer for West and has done work for LA Weekly, La Opinion and Rolling Stone.
Timeless Art Janet Kinosian, Janet Kinosian has written for Reader's Digest, People and the Washington Post.
Ready or Not? Douglas McGray, Douglas McGray is a contributing writer for West and a fellow at the New America Foundation.
Over the Hedge Shawn Hubler, Shawn Hubler is a senior writer for West.
Skeletons in the closet Jill Soloway, Jill Soloway is the author of "Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants." She was co-executive producer and writer on "Six Feet Under" for four years.
Whole wide world Sonja Bolle, Sonja Bolle is a freelance book editor. She also reviews children's books for Newsday.
Lacking a telltale heart Thomas Meaney, Thomas Meaney is a critic whose reviews have appeared in various publications, including the Globe & Mail and the New Criterion.
Perchance to dream Jim Krusoe, Jim Krusoe, the author of "Iceland" and "Blood Lake and Other Stories," teaches creative writing at Antioch University and Santa Monica College.
Cruel pleasures Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
Other people's stories Tara Ison, Tara Ison is the author of "A Child Out of Alcatraz."
Been there, done that Pico Iyer, Pico Iyer's most recent works of nonfiction are "The Global Soul" and "Sun After Dark."
The weather underground Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time magazine and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography" and the forthcoming "The Essential Chaplin."
Hearts of darkness Anthony Arthur, Anthony Arthur is the author, most recently, of "Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair." He retired from teaching American literature at Cal State Northridge in 2003.
Duck and cover Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is an editor at large for The Times.
Faulkner's back pages David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
The light and the darkness Charles McNulty, Charles McNulty is The Times' theater critic.