June 24, 1990 |
L. Ron Hubbard enjoyed being pampered. He surrounded himself with teen-age followers, whom he indoctrinated, treated like servants and cherished as though they were his own children. He called them the "Commodore's messengers." " 'Messenger!' " he would boom in the morning. "And we'd pull him out of bed," one recalled. The youngsters, whose parents belonged to Hubbard's Church of Scientology, would lay out his clothes, run his shower and help him dress.
July 9, 2003 |
A Mississippi man who had spoken openly about his hatred of blacks and his capacity for killing went on a rampage Tuesday morning at the defense plant where he worked, fatally shooting five and wounding nine before taking his own life with a shotgun, authorities and area residents said. Investigators identified the gunman as Doug Williams, 48, a production assemblyman for the past 19 years at a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
June 8, 2012 |
Suicides among U.S. military members have spiked this year, with an average of one suicide a day - the highest rate so far during a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to new Pentagon figures, 154 military service members committed suicide during the first 155 days of this year. During the same period, ending June 3, 136 U.S. troops died in combat in Afghanistan, according to icasualties.org, a website that tracks combat casualties. The upsurge in suicides comes after the military suicide rate leveled off in 2010 and 2011.
March 9, 1997
Percentage of U.S. high school students who have seriously thought about attempting suicide in the past 12 months: 24% * Percentage who actually attempt to kill themselves: U.S.: 9% Calif.: 12% L.A.: 16% * Percentage in U.S. with whom the attempt requires medical attention: 3% GENDER * More than one in three high school girls in Los Angeles has thought seriously about attempting suicide in the last 12 months. *--* Female Male U.S. 30% 18% L.A.
May 27, 2010 |
Psychologists and Buddhist monks have come to console workers. There is a suicide hotline, piped-in music and a stress-release center where workers are invited to hit a punching bag with a picture of their supervisor. But so far, nothing and nobody have been able to stop the suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures Apple's iPhones as well as Dell and Hewlett-Packard components in Shenzhen in southern China. The latest worker to commit suicide jumped to his death Tuesday.
December 7, 2008 |
A judge has ruled that doctor-assisted suicides are legal, a decision likely to be appealed as the state argues that the Legislature, not the court, should decide whether terminally ill patients have the right to take their own lives. Judge Dorothy McCarter ruled late Friday in the case of a Billings man with terminal cancer.