What happened on July 20, 2008
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Swimming upstream John Balzar, John Balzar, formerly a staff writer and columnist for The Times, is senior vice president of communications at the Humane Society of the United States and author of "Yukon Alone."
Losing ground Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg is the lead blogger for Jacket Copy, at www.latimes.com/books. She is also the host of www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
The damage done Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
I see dead people Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
Toil and trouble Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist and host of the radio program "Open Books" on Chicago Public Radio and www.openbooksradio.org. Her author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
Die laughing Karrie Higgins, Karrie Higgins is a writer based in Portland, Ore.
A woman's place Sarah Weinman, Sarah Weinman writes Dark Passages, an online monthly mystery and suspense column, at www.latimes.com/books. She blogs about crime and mystery fiction at www.sarahweinman.com.
Manifestoes in miniature Lisa Anne Auerbach, Lisa Anne Auerbach is a Los Angeles based artist and writer. Her current project, The Tract House, is on view in Baltimore until July 31 and can be accessed online at TheTractHouse.com.
Pack up, kids Veronique de Turenne, Veronique de Turenne blogs at latimes.com/LAnow.
Such lovely lies Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a writer and critic living in Berlin.
Boom and bust: It's the American way Jane Kamensky, Jane Kamensky teaches history at Brandeis University and is the author of "The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse."
Do the math Greg Lucas, Greg Lucas blogs on state politics at www.californiascapitol.com. He was a Statehouse reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle for 19 years.
Miscaricaturization Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Monkeying with evolution David P. Barash, David P. Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington.
Is growth over? Cary Lowe, Cary Lowe is a land-use lawyer and urban planning consultant.
Where justice is the enemy of peace 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."
Downsized to death Eric Lotke, Eric Lotke is research director for the Campaign for America's Future, a research and policy organization.