What happened on November 05, 2006
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Mr. Las Vegas Has a Bad Knee Martin J. Smith, Martin J. Smith is a senior editor for West and the author of three novels and two nonfiction books, including "Oops: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America."
Bluff James McManus, James McManus is the author of "Positively Fifth Street," about how he parlayed $4,000 in advance money into $247,760 while covering the World Series of Poker for Harper's. He is also the former poker columnist for the New York Times.
His Mission: Blow $1,000 Mark Childress, Mark Childress is the author of six novels, including "Crazy in Alabama," which he adapted into a screenplay for Columbia Pictures. His most recent novel is "One Mississippi." He has also written for The Times, among others.
90024 Jessica Gelt
High-Cholesterol Melancholy Nick Divito, Nick Divito has written for the New York Times, the Village Voice and Newsweek, among other publications.
There's No Such Thing as a Free Swag Bag Lindsay Doran, Lindsay Doran is a former president of United Artists and the producer of "Sense and Sensibility," "Nanny McPhee" and "Stranger Than Fiction," which opens this week.
Odom impresses amid pain J.A. Adande, J.A. Adande can be reached at email@example.com. To read more by Adande, go to latimes.com/adandeblog.
Afc Sam Farmer
Nfc Sam Farmer
Left out in the cold Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Charlotte Justice mystery series, including "Strange Bedfellows."
Amazing grace Jamie James, Jamie James' biography of American herpetologist Joe Slowinski, "The Snake Charmer," will be published next year.
Misery's company Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "Going to Patchogue" and "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov."
The rest of the story James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut."
His devils made him do it Jeffrey Meyers, Jeffrey Meyers has published 20 biographies, most recently "Modigliani: A Life." He is at work on a biography of Samuel Johnson.
Gay pride (and prejudice) Eloise Klein Healy, Eloise Klein Healy, founding editor of Arktoi Books at Red Hen Press, is the author of the forthcoming collection "The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho."
Everyman's philosopher Scott McLemee, Scott McLemee is a columnist for Philosophers magazine and essayist-at-large for InsideHigherEd.com.
At the center of L.A.'s universe GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org
L.A.'s big three: Size matters D.J. Waldie, D.J. WALDIE is the author of "Real City" and "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles."
Mail-order democracy Steven Hill, STEVEN HILL is director of the political reform program of the New America Foundation and the author of "10 Steps to Repair American Democracy."
Changing minds in Alzheimer's research Greg Critser, GREG CRITSER, the author of "Fat Land and Generation Rx," is working on a book about neural aging and postwar America.
One diagnosis away from despair Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."
Nag, nag, nag -- Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
You oughta be in pixels Scott Kirsner, SCOTT KIRSNER runs the blog CinemaTech (cinematech.blogspot.com) and is the author of "The Future of Web Video."
Where do we go on polio? Wendy Orent, WENDY ORENT is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
Ad nauseam Don Sipple, Don Sipple has been a Republican media consultant for former Gov. Pete Wilson, President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Cut and run isn't cutting it with these Democrats Matthew Dallek, MATTHEW DALLEK, a former Democratic speechwriter on Capitol Hill, is the author of "The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics."