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ZOMBIE: How to turn yourself into a zombie - If you're looking to turn yourself into a zombie for Halloween or a zombie fest, Nathan Houseman with Newton (Kan.) Community Theatre has some tips. By Wendy Nugent and Ashley Bergner, Newton, Kan.

KITCHEN CALL: Maple syrup is the taste of fall -- If you could bottle autumn, it would look and taste like maple syrup. From light gold to deep amber, its colors softly echo the glorious fall landscapes of changing leaves. Linda Bassett/ Wicked Local North of Boston

HALLOWEEN RECIPES: Halloween recipes to spook your family, friends -- Looking for an easy Halloween menu that kids and adults will both love? Look no further. We set out to find festive treats with simplicity in mind, and found some terrific ones from Pillsbury, McCormick and Rhodes. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

PINK PRODUCTS: Think before buying pink: Some items may not support the cause -- Each October, consumers find themselves awash in pink, the adopted color of breast cancer, as companies strive to outdo each other with pink product offerings and promises that a purchase means more money for breast cancer research. Melissa Westphal/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

CANCER/ KIDS: Honesty works best when talking to kids about cancer -- “Ideally, a child would want to hear it from a parent, and not somebody else,” she said. “It’s OK to say mommy’s a little scared. But give a strong message that the child will be safe and loved and taken care of — and will remain so, no matter what.” Cathy Bayer/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

CANCER/ FAMILY: Family bands together to help Mom beat breast cancer -- Something happened when the boys — ages 7, 9 and 11 — learned that their mother had breast cancer. They started to wear pink awareness wristbands. They put pink shoelaces in their shoes. The little gestures meant the world to Andrea as she prepared to face her cancer head-on with a bilateral mastectomy at age 41. Corina Curry/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

WOOD ON WORDS: ‘Admit,’ ‘acknowledge’ and ‘confess’ - Traditionally, newspaper reporters have been urged to shy away from the verbs “admit” and “confess” in favor of “acknowledge.” After all these years of struggling with fitting “acknowledge” into headlines, I decided it was time to dig into this word issue. By Barry Wood, Rockford, Ill.

LOOKING UP: Traveling spaceship Earth - The other night my wife and I enjoyed watching the International Space Station pass over. It appeared like a brilliant star, moving across the sky, finally fading away in the Earth's shadow. Despite being brought up the Space Age, I still find it exciting to consider there goes an actual spaceship, with astronauts inside. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers' Writers: NYT bestselling author John Gilstrap - John Gilstrap: Fifteen-year volunteer fireman and EMT, explosives safety and hazardous waste expert, earned a master’s of science degree in safety engineering and a bachelor's degree in history, business consultant, director of safety for a Washington, D.C., trade association, screenplay writer, devoted husband and father, master of the thriller novel. Translated and published in 20 countries, Gilstrap's stories have seen more of the world than many of us ever will. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

‘TAKE SHELTER’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'Take Shelter' a masterful sci-fi thriller - No film has tapped as deeply into America’s growing paranoia more than Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter.” A masterful work that cleverly uses an everyman’s descent into madness as an effective metaphor for all that ails America. Health care, joblessness, terrorism, climate change, you name it, Nichols subtly touches on it within the framework of an old-fashioned sci-fi thriller in which the mood affects you every bit as much as the story. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

‘PEARL JAM’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'Pearl Jam Twenty' takes you back to the '90s - Filmmaker Cameron Crowe's (“Jerry Maguire”)  celebratory documentary, “Pearl Jam Twenty,”  makes its television debut at 9 tonight on Channel 2 as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series. It provides a comprehensive trip down memory lane that fills you full of nostalgia for the embarrassment of riches that was the Seattle music scene in the early 1990s. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

‘MIGHTY MACS’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'Mighty Macs' is a mighty yawn - Another movie about some underdog sports team that, through determination and, of course, motivation from a hard-working coach, will somehow rise to the top. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.

‘MARGIN CALL’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'Margin Call' pays off big - The only thing iffier than investing in Wall Street is investing in a movie about the Street’s unscrupulous risk-takers, who deviously picked our pockets during the 2008 financial crisis and then had the gull to seek a bailout from tapped-out taxpayers. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE MAN: 'Island of Lost Souls' still scary after 79 years - Most classic horror movies — like, for instance, “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” — tend to look a little quaint these days. Don’t get me wrong; they’re still fascinating films, beautifully made and full of wonderfully spooky period details. But when it comes to actually scaring you, to really getting under your skin and staying there, that power has been bled out of them in the past several decades. That goes for most old movies — but not for “Island of Lost Souls.” By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Johnny English Reborn' dead on arrival  -- This is the type of idiotic film only a 10-year-old boy with a 10 IQ would love, as its idea of humor is a kick to the groin. And if you think that’s funny, the film repeats the gag over and over again. Bob Tremblay/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

MUSIC SCENE: Fire rekindles Butch Walker’s creative passion  -- It took losing everything in a house fire for in-demand music producer and songwriter Butch Walker to reignite his passion for writing and creating music. Jay N. Miller/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

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BRITT CARTOON: Final reflections on Moammar Gadhafi. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Baseball should ban tobacco - Makers of smokeless tobacco can no longer buy advertising on television due to a ban enacted in 1986. Luckily for them, they don’t need to pay for advertising. Turn on any Major League Baseball game involving any teams, anywhere, any time, and you’ll witness countless endorsements of chewing tobacco from the best celebrity endorsers money can’t buy. By Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Hell, make room for Moammar Gadhafi - 'Oh the relief! I never felt that happy about somebody being dead." Those words from a rebel fighter who'd been among Libyan madman Moammar Gadhafi's victims sum up the sentiments of most of that North African nation and perhaps the world. It may not be proper etiquette to celebrate anyone's demise, but you emphatically do not mourn the death of a monster. By Peoria, Ill.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Financial system arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison - After eluding authorities and regulatory agencies for decades, the country’s fugitive financial system was finally apprehended this week and sentenced to 13 years in prison. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.

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ERIC P. BLOOM: What does your office/cube say about you? - Have you ever walked into someone’s office or cube and formed an opinion about its owner? I know I have, and I believe most other people have also. Maybe even you. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

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