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August 14, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
After two decades of decline, the suicide rate in Great Britain began rising in 2008, mystifying researchers. Now, a new study finds that that nation's financial crisis may help explain the sudden reversal, linking rising unemployment geographically with hikes in suicides. Writing in the British Medical Journal, a team of public health researchers found that between 2008 and 2010, Great Britain's worsening financial crisis and rising unemployment rate coincided with almost 1,000 suicides above expected levels.
June 13, 2006
Re "Guantanamo's First Suicides Pressure U.S.," June 11 I don't think I've ever felt as nauseated as I did today. The notion that individuals could be held indefinitely, without charges, would have been considered fiction only 10 years ago. Now, it is a practically elementary aspect of reality. How can we, as U.S. citizens, continue to allow the Bush administration to unabashedly trample upon human rights, dignity, truth and justice? Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris called the three men who took their lives "committed jihadists" -- yet I am skeptical as to the accuracy of this claim; it is common knowledge that these men, along with others, were being held indefinitely without any formal charges having been brought against them.
June 12, 2006 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
With the U.S. detention camp for terrorism suspects under renewed scrutiny, a top U.S. general arrived here Sunday to review the investigation into the first three deaths at the 4 1/2 -year-old facility. Military officials identified the men who they said hanged themselves Saturday, describing them as a liaison to top Al Qaeda officials, a "front-line" Taliban fighter and a second-tier militant cleared for transfer back to his country.
March 10, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi
For 90 tense minutes last month, Sheriff Mike Lacy in Utah tried to prevent yet another person connected to the theft of Native American artifacts from committing suicide. Two defendants had already taken their own lives after federal authorities charged 24 people in June with looting Native American sites in the West. Now a despondent relative of a third defendant had called Lacy. The sheriff of San Juan County kept the caller on the phone until deputies could arrive and make sure everything was OK. But there was still another suicide to come.
September 26, 1996
Two philosophy instructors at Pierce College will debate today the controversial issues of whether physician-assisted suicide is morally right and whether it should be legal. Arguing against physician-assisted suicide will be associate instructor Betty Odello. Taking the other side will be instructor Nicholas Habib. Odello, who teaches a course in bioethics and works part time as a nurse, said the issue is a critical one.
June 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of standing by while his wife drove herself and their two daughters off a 300-foot cliff last year was sentenced in New York to three years of probation in a plea deal. "I deeply regret my conduct on that day," said Victor Han, 35. "I should have been more concerned and careful." The children, 5-year-old Ariana and 3-year-old Itana, survived without major injury June 14.
April 15, 1998 | Reuters
Assisted-suicide crusader Jack Kevorkian was linked to another death Tuesday. Kevorkian's associate, George Reding, said the body of Colleen Wilson, 64, was brought to a hospital on Monday. Wilson, of the St. Charles, Mo., area, suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Reding said.
January 3, 2008 | David Haldane
Authorities have identified a man who committed suicide Tuesday after firing shots at two Laguna Beach police patrol cars as he drove along Pacific Coast Highway. Daniel Armijo, 36, of San Pedro shot himself about 3 p.m., authorities said. Neither officer was struck. Armijo was driving his Chevy Silverado pickup north on PCH when he opened fire on the police cars, authorities said. Armijo pulled into the left-turn lane at Cress Street, stopped and shot himself in the head as police closed in. "They told him to exit the truck, and he shot himself in the head," said witness Joel Murphy 49. "I was pretty shocked," he said.
March 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating a possible link between Merck's drug Singulair and suicide. The agency said it was reviewing reports involving mood changes and suicidal behavior in patients who had taken the allergy and asthma drug.
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