I'm very sorry to report that Steven Vincent, a regular and highly valued contributor to Reason over the past several years, was killed in Basra early today.
He was living in and writing from Iraq, where he maintained an on-the-spot blog called In The Red Zone. He also published a book by that same name earlier this year.
We'll have a proper obituary for him tomorrow. His Reason articles include March 2004's "Faith, Shame, and Insurgency: Life in Occupied Iraq," April 2005's "Ancient Treasures for Sale: Do antique dealers preserve the past or steal it?" and July 2004's "Grave Injustice: Federal laws about burial remains put politics before science."