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April 21, 1988
In the article "Man's TV Tale of Aiding Suicide Being Probed" (Metro, April 13), mention is made that Marty James, the subject of the article, had been a counselor with the Shanti Foundation until late 1985. This letter is to clarify the policy of the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation regarding client suicide. The Los Angeles Shanti Foundation uses trained volunteers (each of whom goes through a 50-hour training) to offer peer emotional support to persons with AIDS, persons with ARC, their significant others, and the bereaved.
April 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, a drug suspect identified as linked to a Mexican prison gang was found dead Monday in a La Mesa motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, officials said. U.S. marshals had attempted to arrest the 40-year-old man being sought on a federal drug warrant. After shooting at the marshals, he refused to leave his room at a Rodeway Inn. After negotiations proved futile, authorities used a flash grenade. A woman in the room, possibly the suspect's girlfriend, came out. When authorities rushed the room, the suspect, identified as Robert DeLeon Jr., was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
June 3, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots Blog
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide activist who came to be known as "Dr. Death," died early Friday in an intensive care unit at a Michigan hospital.  He was 83 years old, and suffered a pulmonary thrombosis while hospitalized for kidney problems and pneumonia. Kevorkian's illness was relatively brief, and assisted suicide apparently was not a factor.  But the former pathologist aided at least 130 people in bringing an end to their lives -- including victims of debilitating and incurable diseases like Alzheimer's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
April 19, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Metro Red Line service was delayed late Friday when a man jumped in front of a train in what officials called a suicide attempt. A witness at the Hollywood/Western Station said the man was dragged 20 yards but survived. He had a large gash on his head and was taken to a hospital. Train service was delayed more than 30 minutes.   ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego      
August 30, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A study looking at differences in suicide methods between men and women found that while women are less likely to shoot themselves in the head than men, there may be specific reasons why they choose to die that way. Researchers from the University of Akron and Ohio State University examined 621 suicides that occurred from 1997 to 2006 in Summit County, Ohio. In addition to looking at methods of suicide and what led up to them they also divided the data by gender to see if men's and women's means to suicide were different.
April 16, 2013 | By Paige St. John
A condemned man on California's death row for murdering five people, including the daughter of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop, is dead in what prison officials say they are investigating as a suicide. Justin Helzer, 41, was found dead Sunday in his cell, where he was housed alone at San Quentin State Prison, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. His brother, also condemned, is incarcerated at the same prison. He and his older brother, Glenn Helzer, and roomate Dawn Godman were convicted in 2005 for a robbery and killing rampage that prosecutors said started with an attempt to extort $100,000 from an elderly Concord couple.
October 21, 2010
In the life of a child or adolescent, a parent's sudden death is an event so psychologically devastating, it's hard to imagine it could get any worse. But when that sudden death is self-inflicted, the psychological fallout definitely does mount, possibly compounded by the effects of genes and a parent's behavior in the years leading up to his or her suicide. And when the suicidal parent was Mom, there's an even greater likelihood a child will go on to make a similar attempt than when Dad was the one to kill himself.
March 15, 1996
Re assisted suicide: They can make it legal, but they can never make it right. LINDA K. JAMENTZ Burbank
March 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The body of a man believed to have committed suicide was found at The Grove shopping center Monday morning, Los Angeles police and fire officials said. Details were not immediately available, but officials said the body of the approximately 50-year-old man was discovered shortly before 9 a.m., about an hour before the shopping center opened. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division responded and found no sign of foul play. Investigators determined the death was likely a suicide.
June 8, 2013
Re "After suicide, singular grief," Column, June 4 Thanks for Sandy Banks' exploration of the severe emotional distress after the suicide of a loved one. I was shellshocked at the suicide in 1999 of my beloved daughter, Misty. The telephone words, just two, came simply: "She's dead. " And after the crisis, that paralytic chill - a parent's life is never the same. But unlike the family in Banks' column, I felt no guilt, just an unbelieving sense of loss. Today, however, it's more the wistfulness of missing her; for like Banks' respondent said, I understand that "her death taught me to live a better, more meaningful life.
April 15, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OLATHE, Kan. -   A self-styled white supremacist from Missouri appeared by video in a packed courtroom on Tuesday and was charged with capital murder in the killings of three people outside two Jewish facilities.  Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, was charged with one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder in connection with the Sunday shooting at a Jewish Community Center and nearby Jewish retirement home.   If Cross is convicted of capital murder, under Kansas law, he could face the death penalty.
April 2, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban suicide bomber managed to get past a security checkpoint Wednesday and then blew himself up at the entrance to the Afghan Interior Ministry, killing six police officers on the last day of campaigning in this country's closely watched presidential election. The midafternoon bombing outside one of Kabul's most heavily guarded government installations was the latest of several major attacks that have sown fear in the Afghan capital ahead of Saturday's contest that will determine President Hamid Karzai's successor.
March 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Two decades after Kurt Cobain's suicide, the Seattle police department has released new photos of the scene where the Nirvana singer took his own life. The two images show an array of what appears to be drug paraphernalia (including needles and a spoon) and personal effects like sunglasses and a wallet. The new images were taken from four rolls of film containing crime scene images that had gone undeveloped until recently. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's suicide, Seattle police cold-case detective Mike Ciesynski reviewed the case files but did not formally reopen the case or start any new investigation.
March 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BERKELEY - Something was definitely amiss when I returned to my hotel Tuesday afternoon after an interview on the UC Berkeley campus. At least three big firetrucks were blocking the street in front of the Berkeley City Club, a historic women's club converted into a hotel just south of campus on Durant Avenue. The street was closed by yellow police tape. Berkeley police officers redirected traffic. I ditched my car in a loading zone and ducked under the tape. A fireman standing next to his truck told me there was a “hazardous materials” situation going on, but that I was free to enter the building.
March 18, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- A review of the emails and a search of a home flight simulator have found nothing so far to suggest the pilots on the missing plane purposely compromised the flight by diverting it away from Beijing, according to two U.S. law enforcement officials. “Nothing stuck out,” said one of the sources, who was briefed on the search conducted by Malaysian officials. He said authorities sought to find out whether the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, might have been training on the simulator, specifically how to turn off the transponders and other in-flight devices before the March 8 flight.
March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
August 27, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Law enforcement officials found the body of 18-year-old Arizona resident Johnathan Croom near his abandoned SUV in the woods of southwestern Oregon, Dwes Hutson, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, said Tuesday. A search team equipped with cadaver dogs found Croom's body just after 6 p.m. Monday. He had apparently hung himself, Hutson said, adding that the condition of the body led authorities to believe Croom committed suicide around Aug. 18.  Hutson also said that text messages sent to a friend on Aug. 18 indicated Croom was contemplating suicide.
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency. Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
February 24, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the Iranian consulate in an upmarket section of this northwestern city Monday evening, killing two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers and wounding 10 people, officials said. The latest violence to rock Peshawar came when the vehicle was stopped by soldiers outside the consulate in the University Town district, which houses offices of the United Nations and international aid agencies. The blast occurred outside tents belonging to members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, who were guarding the consulate, officials said.
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