What happened on May 06, 2007
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Playing the symbols Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Lighten up on the mayor Rob Gurwitt, ROB GURWITT writes about urban affairs for Governing, the national magazine about state and local government.
Three-chord propaganda Zev Chafets, ZEV CHAFETS is the author of many books, including, most recently, "A Match Made in Heaven," published by HarperCollins in January.
No job for the LAPD Charles L. Lindner, CHARLES L. LINDNER is a past president of the Los Angeles Criminal Bar Assn.
A high note for Venezuela Sergio Munoz, SERGIO MUnOZ, a former editorial writer for The Times, is a contributing editor to the opinion pages.
Cover stories Ben Fong-Torres, BEN FONG-TORRES published two books last year: "Becoming Almost Famous" (Backbeat) and "The Doors by the Doors" (Hyperion). He is a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Talker, author, censor, spy David Wise, DAVID WISE writes frequently about intelligence and espionage. He is the author of "Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America."
Out of the cage Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy book editor.
The luck of the draw Matthew Shaer, Matthew Shaer is an arts editor at the Christian Science Monitor and a regular contributor to the Boston Globe.
Tuned in Emily Bobrow, Emily Bobrow is an editor for the Economist online and a writer based in New York.
Just say noir? Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley's most recent novel is "Ten Days in the Hills."
Inimical man Valerie Boyd, Valerie Boyd, who teaches journalism at the University of Georgia, is the author of "Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston."
That beast, self-discovery David Cotner, David Cotner is a contributing writer to LA Weekly.
Double takes Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of the memoir "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Cosmos 101 K.C. Cole, K.C. Cole teaches at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and is the author, most recently, of "Mind Over Matter: Conversations With the Cosmos."
World in malignment Melvin Jules Bukiet, Melvin Jules Bukiet is the author of seven books of fiction and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Wholly spirited Michael Joseph Gross, Michael Joseph Gross is the author of "Starstruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame."
If You Recall 'Chinatown,' Consider Grecian Formula John Morgan Wilson, John Morgan Wilson is a journalist, TV documentary writer and novelist. His latest mystery is "Rhapsody in Blood" (St. Martin's Minotaur).
You Want Skateboarding? Keith David Hamm, Keith David Hamm is the author of "Scarred for Life: Eleven Stories About Skateboarders" (Chronicle Books).
A weekend on Planet B Chris Epting, Chris Epting is the author of nine books, including the recent "Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America" (Santa Monica Press).
These Muses Get Serious Air Pamm Higgins, Pamm Higgins is a senior editor for West.
Calling India Scott Kraft, Scott Kraft is national editor of The Times.