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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, Jesuit scholars have joined a whole new generation of horror buffs in St. Louis to recount the supernatural incident that inspired one of the most terrifying films in movie history.
The month-long demon-purging ritual in 1949 at Saint Louis University's former Alexian Brothers Hospital involved an unidentified suburban Washington, D.C., boy and formed the basis for William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel, "The Exorcist." The film of the same name was released two years later.
On Tuesday, the university hosted a panel about the ritual and treatment of the 13 year old boy.
The Rev. Walter Halloran had been the last surviving Jesuit to participate in the exorcism before his death a decade ago.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - For the first time in more than a decade, bars in downtown Carbondale will be allowed to open on Halloween.
City Council members voted 4-2 on Tuesday to let bars in an area known as "The Strip" operate this year. City officials say they'll allow the bars to open for business as part of a one-year experiment.
The bars have had to shut down for the past 12 years after rioting and vandalism in the college town in far-southern Illinois.
Councilwoman Jane Adams says she supports the change, which will allow three bars to operate.
She says the new regulations won't lead to a "street party."
But Mayor Joel Fritzler voted against the move. He says any Halloween mayhem could hamper development.