What happened on March 12, 2006
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Another gray matter K.C. Cole, K.C. Cole is the author of "Mind Over Matter: Conversations With the Cosmos" and a former science writer for The Times.
The start of something small Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Shell game Max Frankel, Max Frankel, former executive editor of the New York Times, is the author of "High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis."
Philosophical differences Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a regular contributor to Book Review and other publications.
The conscience of California Kate Julian, Kate Julian is an editor at the New Yorker.
Medium with a message Robert Polito, Robert Polito is the author of "A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's A Changing Light at Sandover" and "Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson." He directs the writing program at the New School.
Family affairs Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the son of Robert Kirsch, late book critic of the Los Angeles Times, and the father of Adam Kirsch, book critic for the New York Sun.
Green Inches David A. Keeps, David A. Keeps is a Times staff writer. His weekly column, "The Scout," appears in The Times' Home section.
The Love Factory Martin Booe, Martin Booe has contributed to Bon Appetit and is the co-author, with French chef Ludo Lefebvre, of the cookbook "Crave."
Never Trust a Know-It-All Who Also Is a Never Was [By John Morgan Wilson], John Morgan Wilson is the author of "Rhapsody in Blood," the seventh novel in the Benjamin Justice mystery series.
You Call This a Loft? Barbara Thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is a senior editor for West and the author of the forthcoming book "L.A. Lofts" (Chronicle Books). A former president of the Los Angeles Conservancy, she has been active in downtown revitalization efforts for three decades.
The New Faces 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."
Crashing the party Daniel Casse, Daniel Casse is senior director of the White House Writers Group, a communications group based in Washington. He has served as an advisor to four Republican presidential campaigns.
Fine points Jeff Danziger, Jeff Danziger's editorial cartoons appear in The Times and other newspapers. Joel Pett is on vacation.
He spends too much to be one of us Bruce Bartlett, BRUCE BARTLETT is the author of "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy," just published by Doubleday.
Business isn't boss, but it can lead L.A. Raphael J. Sonenshein, Raphael J. Sonenshein, a political scientist at Cal State Fullerton, served as executive director of the Los Angeles Appointed Charter Reform Commission. He is the author of "The City at Stake: Secession, Reform, and the Battle for Los Angeles."
Stained uniforms David Zirin, DAVID ZIRIN is the author of "What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States."
Helping those who don't know they want it Jim Randall, JIM RANDALL is a former president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, L.A. County Coordinating Council.
Life lessons of the Chihuahua Hal Clifford, HAL CLIFFORD is the executive editor of Orion magazine.
The price of cheap chicken is bird flu Wendy Orent, WENDY ORENT is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
Communism's scrapheap GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
He's started a GOP civil war over foreign policy Daniel W. Drezner, DANIEL W. DREZNER is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago. He keeps a daily blog at www.danieldrezner.com/blog.
He's a right-wing ideologue, not a true conservative Jeffrey Hart, JEFFREY HART is a professor of English (emeritus) at Dartmouth College, a former speechwriter for presidents Reagan and Nixon and, most recently, the author of "The Making of the American Conservative Mind," his ninth book.
How we grapple with grief Sandra M. Gilbert, SANDRA M. GILBERT is a professor emeritus of English at UC Davis and the author, most recently, of "Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve."