Issue: October 27, 2011

Good morning, CN&R readers,

Halloween is fast approaching, so with that in mind, answer me this: What

scares you more: spiders, superbugs or the population of the planet growing

out of control? Any way you choose it, we've got a story for you this week.

Our feature story deals with the 7 billionth person being born on this

planet, a milestone set to occur on--you guessed it--Halloween. Check out

the Greenways story if you're interested in creepy crawlers, and

Healthlines if you've ever wondered what it might be like to get C. diff, a

nasty hospital-borne superbug.

As always, we also have much, much more in store for you, so keep reading.

And have a happy Halloween!

Meredith Graham, managing editor