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What happened on June 18, 2006

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  • Life on the avenue Cecil Brown, Cecil Brown, an assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara, is the author of the nonfiction book, "Stagolee Shot Billy," the novel, "I, Stagolee" and the forthcoming "Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department."

  • The plough turned round Benjamin Lytal, Benjamin Lytal teaches at the Pratt Institute and writes fiction.

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  • Crash sites Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a critic living in New York.

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  • Political animal Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author of several books, most recently "The Devil's Wind," a novel.

  • An incomparable force of nature Marc Cooper, Marc Cooper is a contributing editor to the Nation, a columnist for L.A. Weekly and a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.

  • Treacherous territory Patricia Nelson Limerick, Patricia Nelson Limerick, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of its Center of the American West, is the author of "The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West" and "Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West."

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Empty love Laura M. Mac Donald, Laura M. Mac Donald's most recent book is "Curse of the Narrows." She co-wrote her first novel, "Kay Darling," in 1995.

  • As the world turns Salvador Plascencia, Salvador Plascencia is the author of the novel "The People of Paper."

  • Battle of the sexes Judith Levine, Judith Levine is the author of "Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex." Her fourth book, "Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping," was released in March.

  • Naughty bits Dan Savage, Dan Savage is the author of "Savage Love," a syndicated sex advice column, and editor of the Stranger, a weekly newspaper in Seattle.

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