What happened on August 12, 2007
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L.A. to N.Y., nonstop Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin is a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. He is author of "The City: A Global History" and is working on a book about America's future.
Bridge work Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Cut and run Yasmin Khan, Yasmin Khan is author of "The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan," recently published in Britain and due out later this year in the U.S.
Wars within wars Richard Engel, Richard Engel is a Beirut-based Middle East correspondent for NBC News.
Double whammy Ronald Brownstein, Ronald Brownstein is The Times' national affairs correspondent.
How India beat the odds Shashi Tharoor, Shashi Tharoor, a former United Nations undersecretary-general, is the author of "India: From Midnight to the Millennium" and "Nehru: The Invention of India." His new collection of essays on India, "The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell Phone," will be out this week.
New bosses, new rules Kelly Candaele, Kelly Candaele is a trustee of the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System.
Agents of change Jon Wiener, Jon Wiener teaches American history at UC Irvine and is a contributing editor of the Nation.
Love letters VERONIQUE DE TURENNE, Veronique de Turenne is a book critic and blogs at www.laobserved.com/malibu.
Gall in the family Kerry Fried, Kerry Fried is a writer living in New York.
A fresh breeze M.G. Lord, M.G. Lord's latest book is "Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science."
Bittersweet entanglements Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist and host of the radio program "Open Books" in Chicago (www.openbooksradio.org). Her author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
Animal instincts Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.
Circle of friends Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is a New York-based writer and critic.
Spin cycles David Futrelle, David Futrelle, a contributing writer at Money magazine, has written for Salon, the Nation, the Washington Post and other publications.