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September 15, 1992 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every year since I was 9 , it's been the same: Come midsummer, I'm in training for football. Come September, I'm playing football games. It's one thing to say you're doing the right thing by preparing for life afterward, but you still don't know. You haven't done it. I've played football for 24 years. Besides family, that's my life. It's not all I know, but it's all I'm comfortable with. I love football so much. It makes the idea of leaving it very scary .
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August 21, 2010
A man jumped from a roof onto the stage during a Swell Season concert in Saratoga, Calif., on Thursday night, in what was apparently a suicide, according to news reports and witnesses. Glen Hansard had just finished a song and was chatting with the band's guitarist when an unidentified concert-goer jumped from the rooftop of Saratoga Mountain Winery, west of San Jose, leaving behind his friend who had come with him, according to Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Rick Sung.
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December 17, 2000 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Hewlett-Packard employee who fell to her death from a company commuter plane 2,000 feet above the state capital Thursday was deeply depressed and had been displaying suicidal tendencies, authorities said Saturday. After interviewing her husband, the flight crew and other passengers on the corporate shuttle from Sacramento to San Jose, investigators have concluded that the death of Elisabeth M.
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September 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
A tense 12-hour standoff in the middle of Interstate 5 ended late Wednesday when a man wanted in connection with the June killing of his wife and stepson apparently shot himself. SWAT team sharpshooters lay in a strip of dry grass alongside a rural section of Interstate 5 for hours before they heard gunshots and saw smoke come from the car. They had been negotiating with the man, who was wanted in the death of his relatives.
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February 28, 1996 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just before Jane Greenhow died, she drove up a lonely road in remote Shasta County and wrote a note to the one she loved: her Glock 10-millimeter pistol. "I am so sorry I have to leave you now, the only one I am reluctant to leave behind," the tattooed, 23-year-old neo-Nazi sympathizer wrote to her gun. "I guess you just functioned more reliably--I jammed."
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July 3, 1991 | Reuter s
A man committed suicide after taking a six-hour sky diving class by deliberately slipping out of his parachute's harness during his descent, officials said Tuesday. Sheriff's investigators said a note was found on the body of Abdoulreza Khatibipour, 24, who recently moved to California from Massachusetts. It said he was unhappy and wanted to go to heaven.
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April 27, 2000 | From Reuters
A suspected sex offender led police on a dramatic car chase across the Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday before abandoning his vehicle and leaping from the famous span, apparently to his death, officials said. The suspect, Brian Alexander Ward, a 39-year-old gardener, was under surveillance by police when he arrived at a work site in Marin County north of San Francisco on Wednesday morning, Sausalito Police Chief Steve Willis said.
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September 27, 1991 | Associated Press
A powerful propane explosion inside a house seriously burned four police officers as they tried unsuccessfully to keep a man from killing himself early Thursday. The blast blew one officer through a window and dropped him 50 feet away, and another was flung through a wall. All four officers were hospitalized in critical condition. The suicide victim, Bill Samuels, 42, apparently released propane in his boarding room after stuffing sheets under the door.
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March 17, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An award-winning poet who had battled schizophrenia for a decade hanged himself in a Humboldt County jail cell, authorities said. Eric Walker, 29, had been in jail since March 3 on charges of stalking and violating a court order. Jailers found Walker hanging from a bedsheet attached to the bars of his cell during a routine check Sunday. The county coroner ruled it a suicide.
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December 6, 1992 | Associated Press
Los Rios Community College Chancellor Marjorie K. Blaha, who led the 55,000-student district for the last three years, was found dead in her home. The Sacramento County coroner's office called Blaha's death a probable suicide. Blaha, 58, was found Friday afternoon in her garage, with the engine of her car running, by a neighbor and two district staff members who went to her home when Blaha missed three scheduled meetings.
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June 23, 2001 | LEWIS ABRAHAM LEADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 8:40 one Friday morning three years ago, railroad engineer Chris Payne was easing his locomotive through the Redwood City station, rolling at only 20 mph because of nearby track construction. Behind him were 375 tons of iron and steel as well as hundreds of Caltrain passengers. For some reason, one man on the platform ahead stood out, Payne recalled. "I just noticed the guy as I was approaching him." The man, Ralph Gilbert Young, 70, suddenly jumped in front of the engine's path.
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May 27, 2001 | PETER H. KING
This one goes out to the hotheads of the highway, to the road warriors who approach driving as if it were competitive blood sport, who react with shouted obscenities and shaken fists to every brush and near-miss. Consider it a lesson in how rapidly stakes can escalate, how quickly a routine urban encounter can tumble out of control. It was three weeks ago today, the first Sunday of May, a little before noon. Headed east on U.S.
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January 6, 2001 | From Associated Press
A student whose body was found at a University of California fraternity house died of stab wounds to his neck and chest, the coroner's office said Friday. Andrew Vernon Wieman, 20, of Eureka may have committed suicide, said campus spokeswoman Lisa Lapin. "It's possible that it is a suicide; it's possible that it isn't," Lapin said. "There was a note left, and the note appears to have been written by the student who died." University Police Capt.
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December 19, 2000 | Associated Press
The Sacramento County coroner ruled Monday that a Hewlett-Packard Co. employee who plunged to her death from a corporate plane committed suicide. Elisabeth Mathilde Otto, 29, apparently opened an emergency exit and jumped from 2,000 feet Thursday evening. Her body was found Friday in a vegetable garden just south of Sacramento. Otto's family had urged her to seek counseling because she seemed depressed, a source close to the probe said on condition of anonymity.
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October 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
A man accused of sexually assaulting two girls 12 years ago pulled a gun in the courthouse hallway during his trial Friday and wounded one of his alleged victims and her husband before killing himself. Jurors had just started deliberations in the Siskiyou County case against Edward Lansdale, 68, of Mount Shasta when he fired two shots at Amber Pearce, an Oklahoma woman who was brought to Yreka to testify against him. Another shot wounded Pearce's husband, Jeffrey.
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April 27, 2000 | From Reuters
A suspected sex offender led police on a dramatic car chase across the Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday before abandoning his vehicle and leaping from the famous span, apparently to his death, officials said. The suspect, Brian Alexander Ward, a 39-year-old gardener, was under surveillance by police when he arrived at a work site in Marin County north of San Francisco on Wednesday morning, Sausalito Police Chief Steve Willis said.
SPORTS
August 26, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The death of Mike Wise, a former defensive lineman for the Raiders and Cleveland Browns, has been ruled a suicide, the coroner's office in Woodland, Calif., said. Wise, 28, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head Friday afternoon in his home near Davis, Calif., where he attended college. Wise was cut by the Browns on Aug. 4 and went home, where friends said he had become despondent over his career and financial concerns.
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December 31, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A week before attacking his family and killing two police officers and himself, Jay Choe put $200 down on his own coffin and funeral. He calmly picked out a blue and silver steel coffin, requested a Christian service and handed over two $100 bills on Dec. 23, said James Smith, director of Smith & Cannon Funeral Services. Choe said he would return with the $2,318 balance. If he planned at the time to kill himself during a rampage at his ex-wife's home, Choe gave no hint, Smith said.
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July 8, 1998 | Reuters
A sex offender whose name, photograph and address were publicized under the provisions of Megan's Law was found hanging from a tree in a suspected suicide, Santa Rosa police said Tuesday. The body of Michael Patton, 42, was found dangling from a redwood tree Sunday morning, five days after his neighbors in this town about 50 miles north of San Francisco were warned that Patton was a known sexual predator.
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