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O ooh, spooky! Halloween is just around the corner, and there's definitely a chill in the air. If you want to read a ghost story or a tribute to the Fab Four of fear (Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and the Mummy) you're in luck. If you want to know about the history of Halloween, or what to serve at your party, go to Weekly Wire's Arts section.

B ut if you want to read something really scary, then real life is far more effective. This story about a college graduate's attempt to find a job proves it. I haven't felt this creeped out by an article since Weekly Wire published Eaten Alive! back in June. When he did find a job, and ended up in motels with half-eaten meat lovers' pizzas, I almost peed in fright.

B ut getting out of school isn't half as scary as the horrors within -- especially if you're a high-school teacher. Teacher Burnout details the rising tendency for new teachers to "drop out" early on. With low wages, unsupportive administration, and increasingly ill-mannered or emotionally problematic students, the occupation has become less and less appealing. Letters @ 3AM details the problem in its own way, explaining how the students of today can't respect themselves when they can't respect their role models. And No Paparazzi! provides a case in point: a high-school principal who was caught soliciting a prostitute.

A nd if that isn't a perfect segue for this next set of articles, I don't know what is. For they all deal with prostitution -- which, in the spirit of Halloween, is revealed in its full horrifying detail by three articles. One examines the lives of women streetwalkers; one focuses on gay male prostitutes, and one discusses the shift in feminists' conventional wisdom about hooking. The conclusion: we ought to seriously consider decriminalization as a humane, intelligent alternative to the victim-making laws we have today. In other words, let's get those pimps off the street and back at Halloween parties where they belong.

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Letters @ 3AM
If we expect children to learn, then we need to make education relevant to their lives. [19]
Michael Ventura

Snooze Alarmed
Another violent Saturday at Margaret Renkl's house ends with the death of BoBo the Clown. [13]
Margaret Renkl

Young Love
Mother Nature doesn't care if we know enough to manage a household budget, or open an IRA before we couple. [10]
Jeff Smith

Odds & Ends
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside. [17]
Devin D. O'Leary

Mr. Smarty Pants
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia. [20]
R.U. Steinberg

Talk Back
Our online BBS is an open forum where you can say anything you like about current events, controversies, or anything else that might be stuck in your craw.

Volume I, Issue 21
October 27 - November 3, 1997

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The Birth and Death of a Salesman
The rise and fall of a collegiate Willy Loman. [2]
Lee Jefferson

Old Haunts
A ghost story for the season. [3]
Laura Furman

Monster Love
Monsters are beautiful. Yes, they're into bloodsucking, flesh-rending, and devil-worshipping. But they're beautiful. [4]
Ted Drozdowski

Street Smarts
Prostitution is a violent, disruptive business. That's precisely why it needs to be legalized. [5]
Sarah McNaught

Prostitution Theory 101
Few things have divided feminists as much as the sex industry. Is prostitution sexual slavery or sexual self-determination. [6]
Yvonne Abraham and Sarah McNaught

The Lost Boys
Male prostitutes end up on the streets for very different reasons from their female counterparts. [7]
Sarah McNaught

Teacher Burnout
They're young, smart, and out to change the world. So why are new teachers dropping out of school. [9]
Tanuja Surpuriya and Mark Jordan

Colony Lost and Found
Thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed, George Popham voyaged to America and decided it was too cold here. [11]
Ellen Barry

A Federal Case?
As the Arizona governor was being convicted of bank fraud, the SLC mayor remains untouched by attempts to prosecute her for the Bonneville Pacific fraud. Is she the Teflon woman? [12]
Lynn Packer

The Good Search
Two St. Jude researchers seek an AIDS vaccine that won't sacrifice more lives to the disease. [14]
Jacqueline Marino

Criminal Minds
What's the worst excuse you've ever heard? [18]
Assorted Albuquerque Attorneys

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No Paparazzi Here!
Parents had a right to know about a Memphis-area principal's arrest. [8]
Jacqueline Marino

Hark That Park
Our staff sounds off. [15]
David O. Dabney

Welfare, Workfare
Angry young man or grumpy old fart? You decide! [16]
Cap'n O

Now What?
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present. [21]

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