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Halloween’s Favorite Scary Creatures

STATE — Forget ghosts and goblins, they’re scary, but as Halloween has become increasingly macabre over the years, decorations featuring insect and rodent pests can be found adoring homes, often in the form of bats, spiders and their webs. Are giant bed bugs the next Halloween fixture?

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: What are the greenest light bulbs to use? I hear there has been a lot of backlash against compact fluorescents because they contain mercury. — Peter Roscoe, Hershey, PA

Middlesex Students Help Clean Beach

LAURENCE HARBOR — About 60 Middlesex County College students volunteered to clean the Laurence Harbor Waterfront Park Oct. 22. The program was organized by Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of marine waters off the New Jersey and New York coasts.

The Vampire: A Historic and Cinematic View

Halloween is associated with many strange creatures, but none more so than the vampire. To most people, the vampire is nothing more than a mythic monster popularized in movies, television, books and so on. Yet the vampire, an amalgamation of ancient lore woven through with sex, fear, danger and gore, is no mere Hollywood creation.

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Dear EarthTalk: Some drycleaners I’ve seen offer “wet cleaning” as opposed to dry cleaning. What’s the difference? Is it better for the environment? — Elizabeth Connelly, Tampa, FL