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January 23, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Pennsylvania's treasurer, facing jail for defrauding the state, proclaimed his innocence at a news conference Thursday but said, "It's too late for me," then pulled a pistol from a manila envelope, put it into his mouth and killed himself. R. Budd Dwyer died instantly after he fired a single shot from a .357 magnum pistol in front of two dozen reporters, photographers and aides, Dauphin County Coroner William Bush said. "No, No! Budd, don't do this!"
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February 5, 1992 | BILL STEIGERWALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It wasn't just Mike Kalina's suicide that shocked his many friends in Pittsburgh last week. It also was the news that Kalina--a successful cookbook author, the host of a nationally syndicated Public Broadcasting Service cooking show and a newspaper and TV dining critic in the city since 1978--had been under investigation by a federal grand jury in connection with the selling of favorable reviews to restaurant owners.
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April 16, 1987 | Associated Press
The family of the state treasurer who killed himself at a press conference one day before his sentencing on bribery-conspiracy charges will receive $1.28 million in pension benefits, a state board ruled Wednesday. The money, to be paid in a lump sum to the heirs of R. Budd Dwyer, represents the largest death benefit payment ever made by the state system, said William Moran, chairman of the State Employees' Retirement Board.
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September 21, 1990 | From United Press International
The Bucks County coroner, ignoring calls from citizens groups, said Thursday that he has no intention of reopening the investigation into the suicide of political activist Abbie Hoffman. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights and the Prozac Survivors Support Group--both offshoots of the Church of Scientology--had asked the coroner to reopen the case after it was learned that Hoffman took the controversial anti-depressant Prozac six weeks before his death. Dr.
NEWS
February 5, 1992 | BILL STEIGERWALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It wasn't just Mike Kalina's suicide that shocked his many friends in Pittsburgh last week. It also was the news that Kalina--a successful cookbook author, the host of a nationally syndicated Public Broadcasting Service cooking show and a newspaper and TV dining critic in the city since 1978--had been under investigation by a federal grand jury in connection with the selling of favorable reviews to restaurant owners.
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April 19, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
A coroner said Tuesday that Abbie Hoffman, a founder of the radical Yippie protest movement of the 1960s, committed suicide by taking a massive overdose of the sedative phenobarbital. The news came as his family and friends were preparing for a memorial service today in Worcester, Mass. The memorial will include a '60s-style peace march led by folk singer Pete Seeger from Hoffman's mother's house to the temple he attended as a child. The gray-haired, bearded, 52-year-old Hoffman was found dead on April 12, fully dressed in bed at his home in New Hope, Pa. The initial autopsy was inconclusive, pending toxicological tests.
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September 8, 1990 | From United Press International
A sniper armed with a rifle and handgun fired several shots from the roof of a 15-story apartment building Friday, holding police at bay for five hours before shooting himself and plunging to the street, authorities said. No one else was hurt in the incident, police said. The gunman, identified as Paul Fisher, wore an orange hunting cap and was perched on a rooftop ledge at Moorhead Towers, a high-rise unit for the elderly and handicapped on the city's east side.
NEWS
April 20, 1987
Two teen-age boys from Virginia died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a double suicide in rural south-central Pennsylvania, authorities said. The boys, both 17 and from Fairfax County, Va., were found dead in a car in South Middleton Township, a rural residential area a half-mile from Interstate 81, a Pennsylvania state police spokesman said. Cumberland County Coroner Michael Norris pronounced the victims dead at the scene.
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January 23, 1987 | From United Press International
The son of Pennsylvania Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer said his father committed suicide at a crowded news conference Thursday because he "gave up hope" after his conviction in a state fraud and bribery scandal. Friends, neighbors and political colleagues were shocked by Dwyer's death. Former Gov. Dick Thornburgh called the suicide "a personal tragedy," and Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.) described it as "a terribly sad ending." "He was innocent.
BUSINESS
August 28, 1990
I found it difficult to read your editorial without snickering. Are you kidding? Have you seen what's available on television these days? I suppose by limiting advertisements to 12 minutes per hour children will wallow in the educational benefits from the remaining 48 minutes of quality programming like "Muppet Babies." Parents aren't going to save their children from "brain death" until they finally pull them away from the tube.
NEWS
September 8, 1990 | From United Press International
A sniper armed with a rifle and handgun fired several shots from the roof of a 15-story apartment building Friday, holding police at bay for five hours before shooting himself and plunging to the street, authorities said. No one else was hurt in the incident, police said. The gunman, identified as Paul Fisher, wore an orange hunting cap and was perched on a rooftop ledge at Moorhead Towers, a high-rise unit for the elderly and handicapped on the city's east side.
BUSINESS
August 28, 1990
I found it difficult to read your editorial without snickering. Are you kidding? Have you seen what's available on television these days? I suppose by limiting advertisements to 12 minutes per hour children will wallow in the educational benefits from the remaining 48 minutes of quality programming like "Muppet Babies." Parents aren't going to save their children from "brain death" until they finally pull them away from the tube.
NEWS
April 19, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
A coroner said Tuesday that Abbie Hoffman, a founder of the radical Yippie protest movement of the 1960s, committed suicide by taking a massive overdose of the sedative phenobarbital. The news came as his family and friends were preparing for a memorial service today in Worcester, Mass. The memorial will include a '60s-style peace march led by folk singer Pete Seeger from Hoffman's mother's house to the temple he attended as a child. The gray-haired, bearded, 52-year-old Hoffman was found dead on April 12, fully dressed in bed at his home in New Hope, Pa. The initial autopsy was inconclusive, pending toxicological tests.
NEWS
June 9, 1988 | Associated Press
Officials canceled final exams and graduation for the senior class at Fairview High School, saying they feared a group of students had planned to commit suicide or other violence during ceremonies. "It's more than just pranks," Frank Kroto, Fairview School District solicitor, said Wednesday. "It's more than the typical end of the year dissatisfaction with authority." Kroto also said several school administrators had received personal threats.
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March 17, 1988 | Associated Press
A former surgeon who faked a suicide last year after being charged with attempting to strangle his estranged wife was being held without bond after surrendering, authorities said Wednesday. David Johe of Charleston, W. Va., surrendered Tuesday to District Justice Barbara Boser. "It came as quite a surprise," she said. A preliminary hearing was scheduled April 19 for Johe, who practiced at Bradford Hospital.
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August 17, 1987 | Associated Press
In a message taped before his suicide, the husband of comedian Joan Rivers said ill health made him feel like a burden to people close to him, police said Sunday. In one of three recordings made before his death Friday, producer Edgar Rosenberg also cited "possible business problems," Sgt. Edward Geigert said. In Los Angeles, Rosenberg was eulogized at a memorial service Sunday as a man who had nurtured the career of his wife and deeply loved his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1987 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
Actress Elizabeth Hartman, who won an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a blind girl in the 1966 movie "A Patch of Blue," leaped to her death Wednesday from a window in her fifth floor apartment in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was 43, and had not appeared in a film for more than a decade. "She didn't leave a note," Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Paul McCabe said, "but she called her doctor and said she was depressed and was going to do it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1987 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
Actress Elizabeth Hartman, who won an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a blind girl in the 1966 movie "A Patch of Blue," leaped to her death Wednesday from a window in her fifth floor apartment in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was 43, and had not appeared in a film for more than a decade. "She didn't leave a note," Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Paul McCabe said, "but she called her doctor and said she was depressed and was going to do it.
NEWS
April 20, 1987
Two teen-age boys from Virginia died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a double suicide in rural south-central Pennsylvania, authorities said. The boys, both 17 and from Fairfax County, Va., were found dead in a car in South Middleton Township, a rural residential area a half-mile from Interstate 81, a Pennsylvania state police spokesman said. Cumberland County Coroner Michael Norris pronounced the victims dead at the scene.
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