November 7, 2001 |
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft on Tuesday directed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents to go after Oregon doctors in assisted-suicide cases, saying it is against federal law to dispense or use controlled medications to help a terminally ill patient die. The move by Ashcroft, a strident critic of assisted suicide, was aimed at overruling an Oregon law that allows doctors to help patients who want to hasten their deaths.
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February 28, 2009 |
A Lodi woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she assisted in the suicide of her brother, a blues guitarist who was well-known in the Central Valley. Jimmy Hartley, 45, had been crippled by a series of strokes and other health problems. In constant pain, he had pleaded with his sister for help in killing himself for nearly a year, according to Randy Thomas, June Hartley's attorney.
March 8, 2010 |
The lonely heights of bridges have often been magnets for suicide -- San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England, the Coronado Bridge in San Diego. The lure of a spectacular plunge to a speedy demise in a womb of water has proven irresistible for generations. In few of these places, though, are despairing jumpers in danger of becoming deadly missiles, threatening pedestrians below. That dubious honor is reserved for Seattle, where the 78-year-old Aurora Bridge runs 167 feet above the west end of Lake Union -- half of it over land.
November 7, 1991 |
The narrow defeat of a Washington state euthanasia initiative did little to tone down the growing national debate over physician-assisted dying, the focus of which shifted Wednesday to a California plan to put the issue on the November, 1992, ballot. Proponents of the Washington initiative, which would have allowed doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives, expressed optimism because the measure failed by as few votes as it did.
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December 4, 2002 |
County officials want to give the Sacramento sheriff responsibility for medical and mental health services in the jail after a rash of inmate suicides. The overhaul would give Sheriff Lou Blanas control of all medical care in the jail. Coroner E. Paul Smith, who now oversees medical care, supports the plan. Blanas backed the plan after seven suicides and eight other reported attempts at the downtown jail this year.
November 18, 2009 |
The number of soldier suicides this year is almost sure to top last year's total, but a recent decline in the pace of such incidents could mean the Army is starting to make progress in stemming them, officials said. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, said 140 active-duty soldiers were thought to have died of self-inflicted wounds so far in 2009. That's the same as were confirmed for all of 2008. But, Chiarelli said, there has been a tapering off in recent months from large surges in suspected suicides in January and February.
July 24, 2007 |
The sister of a man who was suspected of being a sexual predator and who killed himself as the cameras of "Dateline NBC" closed in on him sued NBC Universal Inc. for $105 million Monday. Patricia Conradt's brother, Bill Conradt Jr., shot himself in November in a Dallas suburb as police knocked at his door and a camera crew for the newsmagazine waited in the street.
June 19, 2006 |
Suicide rates have dropped in the United States since newer so-called SSRI antidepressant drugs were introduced, researchers said Monday. The report, published in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine, raises questions about whether SSRIs raise the risk of suicide as some studies have suggested. Use of SSRIs to treat depression has saved more than 30,000 lives, according to the study.
February 8, 2006 |
The teenager accused of going on a rampage at a gay bar in New Bedford and later killing two people fatally shot himself in the head, authorities said. Jacob Robida, 18, of New Bedford turned the gun on himself Saturday after he fatally shot a woman who was traveling with him, said Bristol County Dist. Atty. Paul Walsh Jr. Police originally said that they shot Robida after he fired at them at the end of a high-speed chase in rural Arkansas.
March 17, 2003
The apparent suicide of a Marine at an outpost near the Iraqi border has raised new concerns about the stress on troops as they wait for war. Details about the incident were only beginning to emerge Sunday. The young man's name was being withheld pending notification of his family, and investigators did not say what might have prompted him to shoot himself at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday.