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August 20, 2005 | Julie Cart and Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writers
First she killed her dogs, shot them in the head with a .38-caliber revolver and covered the two bodies with a quilt. Then Marlene Braun leveled the blue steel muzzle three inches above her right ear and pulled the trigger. "I can't face what appears to be required to continue to live in my world," the meticulous 46-year-old wrote in May in a suicide note. "Most of all, I cannot leave Carrizo, a place where I finally found a home and a place I love dearly."
June 8, 2012 | By David Zucchino, This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
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, a website that tracks combat casualties. The upsurge in suicides comes after the military suicide rate leveled off in 2010 and 2011.
May 27, 2010 | By Barbara Demick and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
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 | Times Wire Reports
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.
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 17, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
In data compiled by the Defense Department on military suicides, perhaps the most surprising statistic is that between 2008 and 2011, 52% of service members who took their own lives had never been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. That figure, which challenges the popular belief that exposure to war is the primary driver of a surge in suicides, became the basis for an L.A. Times story Sunday. But another statistic in the story also deserves attention: 524. That is the number of suicides in the military last year.
January 10, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Lee Romney
A 43-year-old patient at a troubled state-run psychiatric hospital has died in what appears to be a suicide, coroner's officials said Friday. Augie Solez, who was in long-term commitment at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, was found unresponsive at 11:34 a.m. Thursday, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Sandy Fatland. He appeared to have hanged himself, Fatland said, but an autopsy has not been completed and a cause of death has yet to be determined.
June 14, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
By the time the school year ended this week, most students at Palm Springs High School wouldn't go near room 804. The room is used as the crisis counseling center at the school, where three underclassmen have committed suicide since November. "By the third event, we had students that absolutely didn't want to go to the room," said Jane Mills, director of child welfare and support at Palm Springs Unified School District.
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