The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu October 31, 2013

How Bats Might Become Man’s Best Friend

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Lisa Gatens, curator of mammals at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, tells a kinder story about bats

Bats are the subject of much folklore and derision in human society. Some say they are vermin who carry rabies. Others equate them with the undead vampire of legend. 

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Who Wins A Fight Between The Vampire Squid And Vampire Frog?

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Trish Weaver, collections manager of geology and paleontology at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh; and Bryan Stuart, the museum’s curator of amphibians and reptiles reveal the truth about vampire squids and vampire frogs.

In this Halloween fright fest, The State of Things tackles the so-called Vampire Squid and Vampire Flying Frog. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Chapel Hill Police Seek Subdued 'Homegrown Halloween' Celebration

Flyer for the "Homegrown Halloween" celebration in Chapel Hill.
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Franklin Street in Chapel Hill will be cordoned off again this year for the annual Halloween celebration.

Crowd size has steadily decreased since the peak of 80,000 in 2008. Smaller numbers have turned out since then, following strict town rules that prohibit revelers from bringing  alcohol, glass bottles, and anything that resembles a firearm, whether it be the real thing or part of a costume.

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State of Things
10:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012


Zombies are 21st Century stars of the big and small screens. They have been serialized, spoofed, snuffed and ridiculed in movies like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Zombieland,” and television shows like “The Walking Dead.” Though they are a staple of horror fiction, they also have some base in reality. In fact, zombies can be traced back to the Haitian tradition of voodoo.

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