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October 31, 2001
Scary costume
[Times photo: Douglas Clifford]
A spiny orb weaver -- always dressed for Halloween -- snacks on a treat while haging from the eave of a house in Palm Harbor. Common in the fall, the spiders' bite is not known to cause serious injury to humans.
Howard Troxler
This is our night to playfully defy all real monsters
Today is Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve. In olden days, back in England, Ireland and Scotland, the lanterns for this holiday were carved out of beets, or potatoes, or even turnips. We Americans decided to use one of our native vegetables, the pumpkin, which, if you ask me, proved far superior for the purpose.

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South Pinellas headlines
  • Lack of sponsor cancels Santa's parade this year
  • Neighborhood may not be hemmed in
  • Firefighter appeals firing over porn
  • Causeway remodeling could start in 2002
  • Dew's move won't speed up Publix
  • Carnival of inclusion planned over four days
  • Memorial honors a teenage criminal
  • Hospital scuffle leads to 2 arrests
  • Hallmark moments amid the daily grind
  • Eckerd ex-professor Bredenberg dies
  • USF gets a hand in office space hunt
  • Lawsuit's strategy: better decisions
  • Six races, 600 miles for ultimate marathoner
  • Achievers
  • Class notes
  • It's all Greek
  • Blind woman's computer is her window to the world
  • Masked Ball appetizer is inventive, delicious
  • Eyes pop, jaws drop over local newsletter
  • Little League plans alternatives for the birds
  • Focus on volunteers
  • John's Pass Village caught off guard by water line work
  • What's up on campus
  • Beaches notebook
  • Armstrong ready to conquer leTour course
  • St. Petersburg center set for homecoming
  • Florida women lose at Southeast event

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Mall cites security for later opening
  • Palms may sprout in roundabout
  • Team effort lands suspect
  • Ex-official guilty in child porn case
  • Bioterrorism concerns put in focus
  • Reaching out to Hispanics
  • A good time for prayer in schools
  • Erroneous tax bills mailed
  • Board: Shooting by officer justified

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • THAP redirects reimbursement
  • Official inspected veterans shelter he helps operate
  • Man faces charges in home invasions
  • Wrecks in Hillsborough claim 3 lives
  • Judge Greco to cut short his tenure

  • News of Florida
  • 'Truth' takes shots at tobacco's friendly face
  • Terrorism spawns two new specialty license tag designs
  • Divided, not done
  • Bush keeps low profile, draws criticism
  • Veterans fume over THAP chief's reports
  • Budget cuts called a 'short-term fix'
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