What happened on March 23, 2008
Volcano in the Himalayas Joshua Kurlantzick, Joshua Kurlantzick is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of "Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World."
Slavery's staying power E. Benjamin Skinner, E. Benjamin Skinner is the author of "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery."
In the spirit Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
A cash cow with wings Greg Nelson, Greg Nelson was general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment from 2001 to 2006.
Gold medals, iron fists Dave Zirin, Dave Zirin is the author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports."
No country for bold men William Voegeli, William Voegeli is a visiting scholar at Claremont McKenna College's Henry Salvatori Center.
Read it and weep: the perilous fall of the Press-Telegram Dennis McDougal, Dennis McDougal is the author of "Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty."
Street medicine's hard choices Susan Partovi, Susan Partovi is an assistant professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and the medical director for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.
Put teachers to the test Camille Esch, Camille Esch is an Irvine fellow at the New America Foundation. She specializes in education policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The great divide Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer.
Raunchtown, U.S.A. Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman, a professor at Cal State Long Beach, is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."
Personal cost Karrie Higgins, Karrie Higgins is a writer based in Portland, Ore.
New user ID Lizzie Skurnick, Lizzie Skurnick edits Old Hag, a literary blog. Her reviews have appeared in several publications, including the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times Book Review.
After the fall Regina Marler, Regina Marler is at work on a life of Edgar Allan Poe.
Reds baited Natalie Moore, Natalie Moore is a critic and freelance writer.
Life happens Marianne Wiggins, Marianne Wiggins' most recent novel is "The Shadow Catcher." She teaches creative writing at USC.
A masterpiece revisited Nina Revoyr, Nina Revoyr's new novel, "The Age of Dreaming," will be published next month.