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Our picks for the week of Oct. 17-23: 

• Ahhh, fall. With the onset of cooler weather comes new culinary opportunities. Here's just one angle: 9 drink recipes for the cool-weather months. Cheers!
• It's a bird. It's a plane. Well, no — it's actually a flying fish. Don't miss this gallery of nine surprising animals that can fly.
• Newsweek releases its green rankings for large, public U.S. companies. Guess who tops the list?

What's so scary about regular old shower curtains? Our home expert explains the inner workings of phthalates, PVC and ... mold. Plus: Since we're focused on scary topics, here are seven quirky Halloween costumes for a group.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming• But enough scary thoughts. Relax and enjoy the scenery (left) with a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyo. Hint: Go in the spring or the fall and avoid the crowd.

• Some urban jungles offer surprisingly good accessibility to nature. We've compiled a gallery of 15 American cities for people who love the outdoors.

• Meet Tama the cat: Read how a cute feline helped turn around Japan's ailing train system.

• Hurricane season isn't over until November, but here are some facts about hurricanes that will surprise even the know-it-alls.

• The troubled economy has taken a bite out of nonprofits. Our expert offers six ways to support your favorite charities — in lieu of a big check.

• And speaking of doing good, ever heard of the Cradle of Hope? Read more about this special crib invention for homeless infants.

Plus: Don't miss the week in photos, and see the moon pass in front of the sun.