What happened on July 27, 2008
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Going the distance Peter Terzian, Peter Terzian is editing an anthology of essays about beloved record albums.
On overload David Futrelle, David Futrelle has written for Salon, Newsday and the Washington Post.
The sounds of 1's and 0's Colin Fleming, Colin Fleming, who writes for the Nation, the New Yorker and the Washington Post, is completing a novel.
Gray zone Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Out-of-towner Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter is a Los Angeles Times staff writer.
True American Mark Essig, Mark Essig is the author of "Edison and the Electric Chair." He lives in Asheville, N.C.
The outsider David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Under her skin Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin reviews books for a variety of publications, including Newsday and the Boston Globe.
A vanished world Kenneth Turan, Kenneth Turan is a Times film critic and former editor of the Book Review.
Power lines Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of California legislative and congressional elections.
Going Hollywood Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Keep the Capitol out of capitalism William Voegeli, William Voegeli is a visiting scholar at Claremont McKenna College's Henry Salvatori Center.
Does size matter? D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie, a contributing editor to The Times, is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir" and "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles," among other books.
Irony man Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of "God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World."
Rules of the road Tom Vanderbilt, Tom Vanderbilt is the author of "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)."
Inmates and integration T.A. Frank, T.A. Frank is an editor at the Washington Monthly and an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation.