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August 15, 1989 | ROBYN NORWOOD and CLAY EVANS, Times Staff Writers
Ricky Berry, first-round draft choice of the Sacramento Kings in 1988, apparently committed suicide Monday at his suburban Sacramento home after arguing with his wife Sunday night. A Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman said Berry's wife, Valerie, who had spent the night away from the couple's newly purchased home, found the 24-year-old player on the floor of the family room with a gunshot wound to his head when she returned Monday morning.
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July 2, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Federal officials announced Friday that a settlement had been reached with a Central California school district where a 13-year-old gay student committed suicide after being subjected to persistent harassment from his classmates. Seth Walsh, a middle-school student in the Tehachapi Unified School District, was said to be the victim of merciless harassment from classmates because most of his friends were girls and he had dressed and acted in an effeminate way, investigators found.
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March 25, 2001 | From Associated Press
A woman convicted three days ago of killing a mother and unborn child committed suicide early Saturday in her one-person jail cell, saying the humiliation was too much to stand. Josefina Sonia Saldana hanged herself with a sheet and left two messages written in lipstick on her cell wall: "Fresno, may God forgive you" and "babies, I am not a murderer. I love you," said Fresno County Sheriff Richard Pierce. Saldana was convicted Thursday of kidnapping and two counts of murder.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
The California Milk Advisory Board continues to ply its "Happy Cows" advertising campaign, but there are few happy dairy farmers right now. Frustrated with low milk prices, dairy farmers are selling cows for hamburger meat and threatening to dump milk into sewers. Many are burning through their life savings hoping to survive the slump, and others are exiting the business. Two farmers have killed themselves. The pain is being felt throughout the U.S.
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November 16, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Robert Hyatt (Red) McDaniel, the winningest trainer in the United States through the first five years of the 1950s, was hydrophobic. The only way to get McDaniel into a swimming pool would have been to fill it with martinis. On May 5, 1955, the 44-year-old McDaniel helped jockey Ralph Neves mount a 5-year-old gelding running in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields.
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March 10, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and NOEL K. WILSON, Times Staff Writers
El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Ron Tepper was found shot to death in his office Thursday in an apparent suicide, police said. Tepper, district attorney since 1977, was discovered locked in a private bathroom adjoining his office by members of his staff who were concerned because they had not seen him at work Thursday morning. "There is no indication at this time that Mr. Tepper's death is anything other than self-inflicted," Placerville Police Chief Robert Harmon said. "Mr.
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November 5, 1990 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Collier Vale was one of the most respected lawyers in the Monterey County district attorney's office, a driven prosecutor who won numerous high-profile convictions and was a prime candidate for a judgeship. But after 10 years as a prosecutor, where he frequently worked 60 to 70 hours a week and slowly rose through the ranks in the office, Vale felt that a single case had ruined his reputation and destroyed his career.
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February 12, 1987
Authorities in Los Altos said City Councilman Terrence Cullinan, who killed himself with a shotgun blast after exchanging a few words with a sheriff's deputy, left a suicide note saying he couldn't cope with life anymore. San Mateo County Sheriff's Lt. Richard McKillip said Cullinan, 46, looked "nervous and agitated" when a deputy found him parked on a lonely road Tuesday night, and the councilman said he wanted to "turn his car around."
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December 11, 1994 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As experts lament a steep rise in youth suicides nationwide, and as U.S. suicide rates outside California edge upward, the numbers for this state--painstakingly charted by a UC Irvine graduate student--tell a brighter but less known story. From 1970 to 1990, while the U.S. suicide rate increased almost 19% outside California, this state's suicide rate plunged, even among young people, according to the recently published research by Mike Males, a doctoral student in social ecology.
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June 7, 1997 | MATEA GOLD and JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A plastics factory inspector who killed two colleagues and wounded four others Thursday apparently began his shooting frenzy because he thought co-workers had mocked his sexual orientation, police said Friday. "I am not gay!" Daniel S. Marsden, 38, yelled during the rampage, police said. Officials said it remains unclear whether other factors caused him to attack his fellow employees.
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March 25, 2001 | From Associated Press
A woman convicted three days ago of killing a mother and unborn child committed suicide early Saturday in her one-person jail cell, saying the humiliation was too much to stand. Josefina Sonia Saldana hanged herself with a sheet and left two messages written in lipstick on her cell wall: "Fresno, may God forgive you" and "babies, I am not a murderer. I love you," said Fresno County Sheriff Richard Pierce. Saldana was convicted Thursday of kidnapping and two counts of murder.
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August 15, 1998 | Associated Press
A woman was killed Friday when she apparently stepped in front of a commuter train with a 3-year-old boy, whose leg was severed in the incident, officials said. The northbound train was arriving at its first stop about 11 a.m. when the conductor saw the woman scoop the child into her arms, kneel on the edge of the station platform and dive under the train's wheels, Caltrain spokeswoman Janet McGovern said. Police said the train, bound for San Francisco, was traveling about 20 mph.
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June 7, 1997 | MATEA GOLD and JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A plastics factory inspector who killed two colleagues and wounded four others Thursday apparently began his shooting frenzy because he thought co-workers had mocked his sexual orientation, police said Friday. "I am not gay!" Daniel S. Marsden, 38, yelled during the rampage, police said. Officials said it remains unclear whether other factors caused him to attack his fellow employees.
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January 17, 1996 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Doe, an anonymous AIDS patient who has joined with Jack Kevorkian to challenge California's ban on assisted suicide, wants help in dying "when the time comes." But he doesn't want help from Kevorkian. In his first interview since he agreed to represent the interests of Californians "who seek a peaceful, dignified, physician-assisted death," the 36-year-old film editor says Kevorkian's style is not for him.
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December 11, 1994 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As experts lament a steep rise in youth suicides nationwide, and as U.S. suicide rates outside California edge upward, the numbers for this state--painstakingly charted by a UC Irvine graduate student--tell a brighter but less known story. From 1970 to 1990, while the U.S. suicide rate increased almost 19% outside California, this state's suicide rate plunged, even among young people, according to the recently published research by Mike Males, a doctoral student in social ecology.
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October 4, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Ward, once a heavy smoker, is dying of emphysema. Since April, he has been rushed to the hospital 14 times and had a tube thrust down his throat so a ventilator could help him breathe. He wants no more of that. Tucked in his wallet, Ward, 68, carries a paper he has signed to prevent hospital personnel from reviving him if his lungs fail again.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1990
You chastise Shamir for being quoted in the press and then claiming a misunderstanding when a furor arises (editorial, June 15). Recently, Secretary of State James Baker testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Operations on a State Department report that held that the Palestine Liberation Organization is still engaged in terrorism and supports a long-range strategy of terrorism.
SPORTS
August 28, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Cleveland Brown defensive end Mike Wise, 28, talked with his father about the sadness he felt at being cut from the team hours before he shot and killed himself, the Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio, reported. Wise, a former Raider, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head Friday in his home near Davis, Calif., where he attended college. His death was ruled a suicide.
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August 23, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Raider defensive lineman Mike Wise was found dead in his home, the Yolo County, Calif., coroner's office said Saturday. KCRA television in Sacramento and the Sacramento Bee reported the death was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The coroner would not give the cause of death, citing office policy. Wise's body was found about 4:30 p.m. Friday in his home near Davis, Calif., where he was an Associated Press Little All-American as a senior at UC Davis.
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