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Special Counsel Robert Mueller yesterday announced the first charges in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Political scientist Rachel Caufield of Drake University walks us through the 12 charges faced by Trump’s onetime campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates – and why a guilty plea by former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos could be what really gave the GOP an early fright on Monday.

Boo! It’s Halloween, a day to dress up, eat candy and to scare and be scared. While we may say that we do not like feeling fearful, the full-throttled observance of a day devoted to fear proves otherwise, write Arash Javanbakht and Linda Saab of Wayne State University. Many of us do enjoy being scared, but this begs a question: why do some enjoy fright and others do not? Many of our responses to fear depend on context, the authors write, in one of a collection of articles on Halloween.

As part of our series on death and dying, Elon University’s Brian Walsh explains how the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln transformed the way we memorialize and bury our dead, turning what was a simple and private affair into the modern American funeral industry.

Emily Costello

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Charges against Paul Manafort predate his time as campaign manager to Donald Trump. Reuters/Brian Snyder

What the charges against Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos could mean for Trump

Rachel Caufield, Drake University

Former Trump associates face charges including conspiracy to launder money, failure to register as a foreign agent and lying to the FBI. A law professor explains what it means and what happens next.

Scary pumpkins are the least of what frightens us at Halloween, a day devoted to being frightened. asife/Shutterstock.com

The science of fright: Why we love to be scared

Arash Javanbakht, Wayne State University; Linda Saab, Wayne State University

We may pretend that we do not like fear, but Halloween proves otherwise. Many of us enjoy being scared. But why?

An illustrated depiction of a scene of Lincoln lying in state. Internet Archive Book Images

How Lincoln's embrace of embalming birthed the American funeral industry

Brian Walsh, Elon University

Dying in America 200 years ago was a simply family affair, devoid of pomp. The US Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's embrace of embalming changed everything.

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It is clear that dealing with loss was a major concern for early Chinese philosophers.

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