What happened on September 09, 2007
The volcano builder Nicholas Delbanco, Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University professor at the University of Michigan. His most recent novel is "Spring and Fall."
And another thing Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
A love supreme Susan Straight, Susan Straight, a professor at UC Riverside, is the author of six novels, most recently "A Million Nightingales."
What might have been Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is a New York-based critic and the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Crazy quilt Dana Johnson, Dana Johnson is the author of "Break Any Woman Down: Stories" and is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at USC.
A trail goes cold Ilan Stavans, Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His new book, "Love and Language," will be published in October.
On fire Jessica Winter, Jessica Winter writes for Time Out London, Slate.com and the Boston Globe.
Love story Donna Rifkind, Donna Rifkind, a Los Angeles-based reviewer, was a finalist for this year's National Book Critics Circle's Balakian award for excellence.
Symphony of darkness Sarah Weinman, Sarah Weinman writes the "Dark Passages" online column, which appears monthly at latimes.com/books. She blogs about crime and mystery fiction at www.sarahweinman.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
A hospital isn't enough E. Richard Brown, E. Richard Brown is director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health.
South L.A. is everyone's concern Thomas M. Priselac, Thomas M. Priselac is president and chief executive of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
That perilous first stone Andrew Klavan, Andrew Klavan's most recent novel is "Damnation Street."
CPR from UC? Hector Flores, Hector Flores is a family physician in Los Angeles and former chairman of the King-Drew Hospital Advisory Board.
Shame, shame, shame Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
We need a hospital more than ever Yvonne B. Burke, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke represents the 2nd District, which encompasses much of South Los Angeles as well as the recently closed Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital.
Hot times in the city Ali Modarres, Ali Modarres is a professor of urban geography and the associate director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. He is the co-author of "City and Environment."
Superpower failure David Rieff, David Rieff is the author of many books, including "At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention" and "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis."
Stock split Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein is a staff writer at the American Prospect. He blogs at EzraKlein.com.
An issue in remission Matthew Dallek, Matthew Dallek is a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which awards fellowships to journalists, and a cancer survivor.
The once and future King Robert K. Ross, Robert K. Ross, a doctor, is president and chief executive of the California Endowment, a private health foundation created in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare.