What happened on June 17, 2007
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Mellow Yellow David Lansing, Freelance writer David Lansing covers wine and spirits for The Times.
Fresh S. IRENE VIRBILA, S. Irene Virbila is The Los Angeles Times restaurant critic.
Beware of the No-Mommies Rule and Other Free Advice Dani Shear, Dani Shear is currently writing a pilot for Fox 21 and a three-act play about a parenting class.
Jell-O as Art Martin J. Smith, Martin J. Smith is senior editor of the magazine.
Cold Play Amy Scattergood, Amy Scattergood is a Times staff writer.
Why Watergate matters Elizabeth Drew, ELIZABETH DREW writes regularly for the New York Review of Books and is the former Washington correspondent for the New Yorker. She is the author of "Richard M. Nixon," a new biography of the former president.
The return of the recall Marc B. Haefele, MARC B. HAEFELE is a regular commentator on KPCC-FM (89.3). His work appears in the Jewish Journal, Citybeat and on CitywatchLA.com.
Lights, camera, Baca! Robert Greene, ROBERT GREENE is an editorial writer for The Times.
The grin reapers Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Labor's pensive warrior Jim Newton, JIM NEWTON is Editorial Page editor of The Times.
The crime pandemic Moises Naim, MOISeS NAiM is editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine and the author of "Illicit." A longer version of this article will appear in the July/August issue of Foreign Policy (www.foreignpolicy.com).
Roots music Matthew Shaer, Matthew Shaer is an editor at the Christian Science Monitor and a regular contributor to the Boston Globe.
Time and again Stephanie Zacharek, Stephanie Zacharek is a senior writer for Salon.com.
Out of place Bill McKibben, Bill McKibben is the author of "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future" and an organizer of this spring's Stepitup07.org demonstrations against global warming.
Men in tights Christine Smallwood, Christine Smallwood is assistant literary editor at the Nation and co-editor of the Crier.
Driven to despair Judith Freeman, Judith Freeman is the author of a story collection and several novels, most recently "Red Water." Her forthcoming nonfiction book, "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved," will be released in the fall.
Etude of life Samantha Dunn, Samantha Dunn is the author of the novel "Failing Paris," the nonfiction books "Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation" and "Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life," and a contributor and co-editor of "Women on the Edge: Writing From Los Angeles."