What happened on May 07, 2006
The rise and fall of Bert Fields Garry Abrams, GARRY ABRAMS is a columnist and reporter for the Daily Journal.
Maggot mysteries Matthew Cobb, MATTHEW COBB, a life sciences faculty member at the University of Manchester, is author of "Generation: The 17th Century Scientists Who Unraveled the Secrets of Sex, Life and Growth," to be published in August by Bloomsbury.
Foreign aid skeptics thrive on pessimism Jeffrey D. Sachs, Jeffrey D. Sachs is director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the author of "The End of Poverty." Millennium Promise is at www.millenniumpromise.org.
An ecclesiastical meltdown Susan Jacoby, SUSAN JACOBY is the author of "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism."
Can-do spirit fuels immigrants GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
You know how to add, don't you? Jared Bernstein, JARED BERNSTEIN is a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and author of the new book, "All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy."
Literary L.A., with no apology Dana Gioia, Dana Gioia, a poet and literary critic, has been chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts since 2003. This is adapted from his remarks at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall last weekend.
From putschist to el presidente in Latin America Sergio Munoz, Former Times editorial writer SERGIO MUNOZ is a contributing editor to the paper. His weekly syndicated column in Spanish appears in 20 newspapers in 12 countries.
Becoming one with Wile E. Coyote Thomas de Zengotita, THOMAS DE ZENGOTITA, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, is the author of "Mediated."
Galbraith's oversized shadow Richard Parker, RICHARD PARKER is the author of "John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics," published last year by Farrar, Straus, Giroux. He teaches at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is senior fellow of the Shorenstein Center.
Draft Hollywood Andrew Klavan, Andrew Klavan's crime novels include "Don't Say a Word," "True Crime" and "Shotgun Alley." His newest book, "Damnation Street," is due out in September. He can be reached at www.AndrewKlavan.com.
So where are the Muslims on `CSI'? Diane Winston, DIANE WINSTON, Knight chair in media and religion at USC, can be reached at dhwinstongmail.com.
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Blessed Are the Annoying Anne Lamott, Anne Lamott is a West contributing writer and author of 10 books, including "Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith," recently released in paperback.
The Great Gorino Richard Rapaport, Richard Rapaport is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies.
In the Middle End Larry Fondation, Larry Fondation is the author of "Angry Nights" and "Common Criminals: L.A. Crime Stories."
Bring Home the Bacon Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon has written five novels. He teaches creative nonfiction at UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.
To Get the Juices Flowing, Summon Sharon Stone Andy Guerdat, Andy Guerdat is a writer working on shows for the Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.
What They're Packing Ann Herold, Ann Herold is West's managing editor.
One-Stop Shopping Randye Hoder, Randye Hoder has written for West and The Times' Op-Ed page.
War Games Alex French, Alex French has contributed to New York magazine, Men's Journal and Radar.
Seizing the day Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury, an editorial assistant at the New Yorker, writes reviews for a variety of publications.
All the wrong moves Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
California dreaming Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is an arts writer living in New York.
Fun with physics Simon Singh, Simon Singh is a science journalist and the author, most recently, of "Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe."
The agony and the ecstasy Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a senior editor at LA Weekly.
Rumsfeld's folly Robert Killebrew, Robert Killebrew is a retired Army colonel who speaks and writes on military and strategic affairs.
The great equalizer James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut."
Eye of the hurricane Dante Ramos, Dante Ramos is deputy editorial page editor of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.