What happened on August 31, 2008
L.A.'s story is complicated, but they got it Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
When home has no hope Stacey D'Erasmo, Stacey D'Erasmo's third novel, "The Sky Below," will be published in January. She teaches writing at Columbia University.
Going behind the anger Scott Martelle, Scott Martelle is a Times staff writer and the author of "Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West."
A guide to a majestic cathedral Regina Marler, Regina Marler is the editor of "Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex."
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On the fringe Camilo Jose Vergara, Camilo Jose Vergara is a photographer and 2002 MacArthur Foundation fellow. http://invinciblecities.camden.rutgers.edu/intro.html
Convention fodder Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The voting rights battle is over. We all won. Abigail Thernstrom, Abigail Thernstrom is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Trading spies Jeffrey H. Smith, Jeffrey H. Smith, a Washington lawyer, is a former State Department lawyer and a former general counsel of the CIA.
To save education, innovate Cory Booker,John Doerr and Ted Mitchell, Cory Booker is the mayor of Newark, N.J. John Doerr is a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Ted Mitchell is chief executive of NewSchools Venture Fund and president of the California Board of Education.