What happened on February 25, 2007
Always Mind Your Manners at the Oscars Podium Linda Dozoretz, Linda Dozoretz is a publicist whose writing credits range from celebrity apologies, excuses and explanations to "thank you" and "I don't mind losing" speeches.
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At the Palace Hotel James D. Houston, Excerpted from "Bird of Another Heaven," a novel by James D. Houston, to be published next month by Knopf.
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Railroaded in traffic court? T. Alex Blum, T. ALEX BLUM is a producer, most recently, of "Flight of the Phoenix" (2004).
The Iraqis next door GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Give L.A. a free ride D. Malcolm Carson, D. MALCOLM CARSON, an attorney and urban planner in private practice, is a member of the Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners.
Reopening the case for containment Ian Shapiro, IAN SHAPIRO is a professor of political science and director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. He is the author of "Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terror."
Hollywood's fade to black Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is the author of many books, including "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination" and "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
You said a morphful Jens Robinson, Jens Robinson is editor of CartoonArts International, which represents many leading American and international political cartoonists. He is filling in for Joel Pett, who has the week off.
A Trojan horse primary Douglas Johnson, DOUGLAS JOHNSON is a fellow with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College.
Film flam Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan writes frequently for Barron's, the New York Times Book Review and the Guardian.
When Mexico was a star Sergio Munoz, SERGIO MUnOZ, a former Times editorial writer, is a contributing editor to the paper; his weekly syndicated column in Spanish appears in 20 newspapers in 12 countries.
The three futures of China James Mann, JAMES MANN is author in residence at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the author of "The China Fantasy," published this month.
Love, interrupted Glen David Gold, Glen David Gold is the author of the novel "Carter Beats the Devil." His new novel will look at Hollywood during World War I.
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, email@example.com
World on a string Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an associate editor for Booklist, editor of the anthology "In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness" and host of the radio program "Open Books" in Chicago. Seaman's author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
Into thin air Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a staff writer at LA Weekly.
It's the end of the world as we know it Susan Salter Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
The French disconnection Michael Sims, Michael Sims is the author of "Adam's Navel" and editor of "The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel."
Dangling man Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a philosopher and novelist. Her last book was "Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity."
Thrall of the wild Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is an editor at large for The Times.
Stones and pebbles Benjamin Lytal, Benjamin Lytal teaches at the Pratt Institute and writes fiction.
Mission irresistible Will Beall, Will Beall, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, is the author of "L.A. Rex."