What happened on June 18, 2006
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An old dad's baggage Penn Jillette, PENN JILLETTE, the louder, bigger half of the magic/comedy team of Penn & Teller, is author of the novel "Sock."
Why `multiculti' shouldn't scare you GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Selling between the lines Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley is the author of many novels, including "A Thousand Acres" and "Horse Heaven." Her most recent book is "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel."
A long, hot `season of death' Marc Cooper, MARC COOPER is a contributing editor to the Nation, a columnist for L.A. Weekly and a senior fellow at USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism.
Nonvotes that count Carmen Balber, CARMEN BALBER is a consumer advocate at the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. Website: www.ConsumerWatchdog.org.
Is `moral equivalency' really so wrong? Henry Siegman, HENRY SIEGMAN is a senior fellow on the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations and a visiting professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Brangelina's an ugly role model Katharine DeBrecht, KATHARINE DEBRECHT is an author of conservative children's books. Her first book was "Help! Mom! There are Liberals Under My Bed!"
Covering Gitmo Carol J. Williams, Carol J. Williams is the Caribbean bureau chief for The Times.
Hollywood and the great wall Stanley Rosen, Stanley Rosen is a political science professor and the director of USC's East Asian Studies Center.
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.
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."
Crash sites Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a critic living in New York.
As the world turns Salvador Plascencia, Salvador Plascencia is the author of the novel "The People of Paper."
Political animal Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author of several books, most recently "The Devil's Wind," a novel.
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.
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.
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."
The plough turned round Benjamin Lytal, Benjamin Lytal teaches at the Pratt Institute and writes fiction.
Don't Leave Your Desk, Unless It's for Good Liza Monroy, Liza Monroy has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek and the Village Voice.
Mixed Doubles Charles Perry, Charles Perry is a staff writer for The Times' food section and president of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. He is the author, most recently, of "A Baghdad Cookery Book."
Stick a Fork in It... ...or a steak knife. S. Irene Virbila, S. Irene Virbila is The Times' restaurant critic. She has been recognized by the Assn. of Food Journalists and the James Beard Foundation for best restaurant criticism.
Pressure Cooker Lynell George, Lynell George is a senior writer for West.
Lessons From Dad Molly Selvin;Terril Yue Jones;Abigail Goldman;Annette Haddad;Daniel Yi;E. Scott Reckard;Roger Vincent;Kimi Yoshino;Cynthia H. Cho;Sallie Hofmeister;David Colker;Leslie Earnest;Elizabeth Douglass;Marc Lifsher;James Bates;Ronald D. White