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  • CCHR Says Congress Should Look at Conflicts of Interest Influencing VA’s Failure to Investigate

    09/28/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    CCHR International [mental health watchdog] ^ | Sept. 11, 2014 | Kelly Patricia O’Meara
    [Full Title: CCHR Says Congress Should Look at Conflicts of Interest Influencing VA’s Failure to Investigate Psychotropic Drug Deaths] While Congress currently is focusing on the VA’s alleged poor quality of care due to long wait times for medical access, still little, to no, attention is being given to the hundreds of veteran cardiac arrests and suicides that occurred after being prescribed cocktails of dangerous psychotropic drugs, especially antipsychotics. Why? The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the nation’s leading mental health watchdog, presented written testimony this year to Congressional hearings into military and veteran deaths and believes that conflicts...
  • Sunshine tied to suicide risk: study

    09/20/2014 9:04:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri, Sep 12 2014 | Andrew M. Seaman
    Sunshine tied to suicide risk: study Fri, Sep 12 2014 By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exposure to sunshine over a short period of time may increase the risk of suicide but may also lower the risk over several months, suggests a new study from Austria. People shouldn’t avoid the sun based on the study’s findings, says its senior author. Instead, they may consider adding sunshine to the list of factors that may influence the risk of suicide. “Suicide is complicated and has many risk factors,” said Dr. Matthaeus Willeit from the University of Vienna. “People always...
  • PA Says Israel, Not Suicide, Behind Inmate's Death

    09/11/2014 4:49:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/9/14
    A Palestinian Authority (PA) official said Thursday the results of an autopsy prove that a Palestinian Arab prisoner Israel said had committed suicide actually died of a blow to the head. "We deny it was suicide," said Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian committee for prisoners in a press conference on the fate of Raed Abdel Salam al-Jaabari, 35. The Israel Prisons Service (IPS) had said Tuesday that Jaabari hanged himself in a bathroom at Eshel prison in southern Israel and died en route to hospital. But Palestinian officials and Jaabari's family rejected that claim and demanded an investigation. Jaabari's...
  • WHO: More People Die from Suicide Than From Wars, Natural Disasters Combined

    09/04/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 09/04/2014 | Lisa Schlein
    GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year. WHO, which is launching its first global report on suicide prevention, said more people die from suicide than from conflicts, wars and natural disasters combined. The World Health Organization reported every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the world commits suicide. Despite this shockingly high statistic, WHO said only a handful of countries have policies aimed at suicide prevention. WHO Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Shekhar Saxena said there also is much more that communities can do to provide support for vulnerable people....
  • New York driver chains neck to pole, hits gas pedal, gets decapitated

    09/02/2014 10:39:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 108 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 2, 2014 | Michael Y. Park
    A 51-year-old man decapitated himself in New York's Bronx borough by chaining his neck to a pole, getting into his car and stomping on the gas, police said on Tuesday.
  • CBS 48 Hours - A mother battles to prove her son died an American hero - Death in Singapore

    08/31/2014 9:32:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    On June 24, 2012, the body of Shane Todd, a young US electrical engineer, was found hanging in his Singapore apartment. The Singapore Police say it was suicide, but the Todd family believes he was murdered. -excerpt- ... Shane told his family that he was being asked to compromise US security and he feared for his life. Shane refused to do what he was being asked to do and turned in his sixty day notice at IME. Shane found a good job with a company in Virginia, and bought a ticket to fly back to the US on July 1,...
  • France: Two Teenagers Arrested Over Synagogue Suicide Bomb Plot

    08/29/2014 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 8/29/14 | Elad Benari
    Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon, Newsweek reported on Friday, citing French news websites. According to JSS News and Europe 1, a source from the French security agency the Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence revealed that two Muslim girls, aged 15 and 17, were arrested in the Tarbes and Venissieux neighborhoods a week ago, after authorities uncovered a plan to carry out a suicide bombing inside the Great Synagogue of Lyon. The two were indicted on August 22 for conspiracy to commit terrorism, reported Newsweek. An unnamed security source...
  • Soldier dies after causing Army base lockdown, shooting self

    08/25/2014 5:49:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    foxnews ^ | August 25, 2014/
    A female soldier who sparked an "active shooter" alert on a Virginia military base on Monday died after shooting herself in the head, military sources said. ... The soldier, who has not yet been publicly identified, reportedly did not harm anybody else during her morning rampage in an office in a four-story building on the base, which is located about 45 km (28 miles) south or Richmond, Virginia. ... Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, the commanding general of the support command, said that the soldier was a sergeant 1st class who had been in the Army for 14 years and...
  • 'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubles in 4 Years

    08/22/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies
    Medscape news ^ | August 21, 2014 | Megan Brooks
    The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These "suicide tourists" are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the study suggests. Saskia Gauthier, MD, from the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, and colleagues report their findings in an article published online August 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Assisted suicide is restricted in many countries, but in...
  • Henry Rollins Slams Robin Williams For Suicide: If You Kill Yourself, You “Blew It”

    08/22/2014 8:30:42 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 55 replies
    The Gossip Cop ^ | 08/21/2014 | Daniel Gates
    Rollins writes, “I am sure some will strongly disagree with what I’m about to say. And I also understand that his personal struggles were quite real. I can’t argue with that.” He adds: “But I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves.”“How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children?
  • Suicide Teenagers Feared Family Would Keep Them Apart

    08/19/2014 6:39:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 19, 2014
    Suicide Teenagers Feared Family Would Keep Them Apart Charleigh Disbrey, 15, and her Turkish boyfriend Mert Karaoglan,18, ran in front of a train holding hands Suicide teenagers feared family would keep them apart: Charleigh Disbrey, 15, and her Turkish boyfriend Mert Karaoglan,18 Charleigh Disbrey, 15, and her Turkish boyfriend Mert Karaoglan,18 Photo: National Pictures 19 Aug 2014 Two teenagers who feared that their cultural differences meant they would never be accepted as a couple killed themselves by running in front of a train while holding hands, an inquest heard. Charleigh Disbrey, 15, died alongside Mert Karaoglan, her 18-year-old Turkish boyfriend,...
  • Gene Simmons Tells Addicts, Depressed to Kill Themselves

    08/17/2014 8:56:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/15 | Bryan Hood
    Gene Simmons is anything but sympathetic when it comes to depression. “Drug addicts and alcoholics are always, ‘The world is a harsh place.’ My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany,” the Kiss front man, 64, said in an interview with SongFacts.com last month. “I don’t want to hear x all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life.”
  • Yazidis Commit Mass-Suicide After Rape by Islamic State Fighters

    08/17/2014 5:12:28 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/17/2014 | Ari Soffer
    In yet another harrowing chapter in the tragic plight of Iraq's Kurdish Yazidi population, eyewitnesses have described how girls raped by Muslim fighters from the "Islamic State" (formerly ISIS) committed suicide en-masse after returning to their families, as evidence of systematic rape by Islamists against non-Muslims continue to surface. Among the tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped in the Shingal mountains while fleeing IS's deadly advance through Iraq, several survivors told Kurdish Rudaw TV how a group of three girls were returned after being abducted and raped - only to hurl themselves off a cliff after being traumatized by...
  • Suicide -Vs- Abortion! Why Is One Considered Selfish While The Other Isn't?

    08/15/2014 1:50:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    MrMadness Sotomayor ^ | Tommy Sotomayor
    Suicide -Vs- Abortion! Why Is One Considered Selfish While The Other Isn't? Video only
  • There's a suicide crisis in America

    08/15/2014 1:18:30 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 30 replies
    MSN Healthy Living Esquire ^ | 8/15/2014 | Stephen Marche
    The group that has shown the highest increase in suicide rates is middle-aged men and women, for whom the number of suicides has risen by a horrifying 28.4 percent in a mere decade. The sharpest increase has been among men in their fifties, for whom the number has risen nearly 50 percent since 1999. Now nearly 30 per 100,000 American men in their fifties kill themselves. Suicides are increasing across the board, from college students to the elderly, but the increases for the middle-aged are shocking.
  • Depression isn’t a choice but suicide is: my detailed response to the critics

    08/15/2014 10:36:06 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | August 131, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    Something happened yesterday. It began with a post I wrote about depression and suicide called “Robin Williams didn’t die from a disease, he died from his choice.” When I clicked “publish” on that piece, I felt confident. I was sad that it had to be written, and upset about the circumstances surrounding it, but sure that I was saying something that needed to be said; something truthful but uplifting, frank but compassionate. I actually found myself getting emotional as I wrote it. I’m not suicidal but I have demons of my own, so I submitted that post to the public,...
  • Michael Savage Helps Caller Reject Suicide

    08/14/2014 5:03:23 PM PDT · by scott55 · 20 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | AUG. 13 | WND EXCLUSIVE
    In the wake of actor Robin Williams’ death, Michael Savage’s assertion that suicide is an “aggressive act” that shows no consideration for loved ones left behind has prompted criticism, but a caller to his show Wednesday said the radio host’s frank talk about the subject helped him decide not to take his own life. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/michael-savage-helps-radio-caller-reject-suicide/#mR91SZLP7r8K6QIe.99
  • Robin Williams' suicide -- cautionary comments

    08/14/2014 12:18:12 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Rob Pochek
    WILSON, N.C. (BP) -- When news broke that legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams had died of an apparent suicide, people were saddened that someone who had brought so much joy to the lives of others had taken his own life. Immediately some began to speculate about his ongoing battle with alcohol addiction and depression as the cause of his desperate act. Others began to comfort themselves with the thought that Williams was now at peace from such battles. And a few observed that suicide is the ultimate selfish act. There is little doubt that suicide is a fierce goodbye....
  • Let's Get Serious About Mental Illness

    08/14/2014 9:24:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Robin Williams' suicide this week shook up people across the political spectrum -- and for good reason. When a highly successful, incredibly popular figure from our culture decides to take his own life, it feels as though suicide could happen to anyone. It can't. Robin Williams reportedly suffered from mentally illness. He stated during an interview in 2006 that he hadn't been formally diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder, but stated, "Do I perform sometimes in a manic style? Yes. Am I manic all the time? No. Do I get sad? Oh yeah. Does it hit me hard? Oh...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show Thread,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,August 11-15, 2014

    08/11/2014 7:53:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 648 replies
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  • Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll

    08/13/2014 9:13:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    hsph.harvard.edu ^ | 8/13/2014 | unknown
    Though guns are not the most common method by which people attempt suicide, they are the most lethal. About 85 percent of suicide attempts with a firearm end in death. (Drug overdose, the most widely used method in suicide attempts, is fatal in less than 3 percent of cases.) Moreover, guns are an irreversible solution to what is often a passing crisis. Suicidal individuals who take pills or inhale car exhaust or use razors have time to reconsider their actions or summon help. With a firearm, once the trigger is pulled, there’s no turning back.
  • Robin Williams didn’t die from a disease, he died from his choice

    08/12/2014 1:28:29 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 214 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    I’m not normally one to write a blog post about a dead celebrity, but then I suppose there is no such thing. There are only living celebrities, not dead ones. In death, wealth and prestige decay and we are brought into a new reality, the only reality there is or ever was — one which, for much better or much worse, doesn’t care at all about our popularity or our money. The death of Robin Williams is significant not because he was famous, but because he was human, and not just because he left this world, but particularly because he...
  • Actor had 'serious money troubles' after $30million divorce bills

    08/12/2014 2:05:55 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2014 | Sara Nathan for MailOnline
    As he stepped out on stage last year to hawk his big TV comeback in front of advertisers, comedy great Robin Williams joked it was 'nice to have a job where the checks will clear.' After making his name as the eccentric and beloved alien on 1970s TV hit Mork and Mindy, Robin transferred his attentions to Hollywood with a stream of box office hits. But after acclaim and an Oscar, the movie career started to dry up and the actor signed up for CBS show The Crazy Ones, a small-screen comedy about a 'renowned and slightly unhinged' advertising genius/madman....
  • Coroner: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt, had cuts on wrist

    08/12/2014 12:07:47 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 176 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-12-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Lt. Boyd said Williams was found in his bedroom “clothed, in a seated position, unresponsive with a belt secured around his neck.” There were also several cuts on his left wrist and a pocket knife with a dried red substance was found in the vicinity, he stated. The Academy-Award winner was 63. “The work of the coroner’s office is not complete at this time,” Lt. Boyd stressed. He said a final cause of death would be released in several weeks after toxicology tests are completed. “The forensic examination conducted by Dr. Joseph Cohen did not [indicate]…that Mr. Williams had been...
  • Robin Williams dead of suspected suicide: Are comedians more plagued by depression than other stars?

    08/12/2014 7:32:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 96 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – They earn their living by making the masses laugh, but experts say comedians are all too often masking intense sadness behind those smiles.
  • Williams a comic force, versatile actor

    08/11/2014 11:27:24 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 55 replies
    NEW YORK — The question from a fan in a Sirius XM interview last year was innocent — what do you think you’d be doing if you didn’t become a comedian? — and within seconds Robin Williams was impersonating physicist Stephen Hawking getting a lap dance at a strip club.
  • Actor, comedian Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

    08/11/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 82 replies
    LAT ^ | 08/11/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appears to have committed suicide. The news of the beloved actor’s death rocked the nation. Channels broke into their usual programming to make the announcement, and within minutes, he dominated online trending topics.
  • Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide

    08/11/2014 4:00:46 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 607 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11 Aug 2014 | Kimberly Nordyke
    Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. The full statement is below. On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin...
  • Actor Robin Williams Dead at 63: Marin County Sheriff’s Office

    08/11/2014 4:12:14 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 193 replies
    KTLA ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | MELISSA PAMER
    Actor Robin Williams has died, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday. He was 63. The Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in unincorporated Tiburon just after noon Monday, the office stated in a news release.
  • In Memoriam: Matt Hooten

    08/11/2014 12:18:50 PM PDT · by milehighmaniac · 14 replies
    Byline of a Renaissance Bubba ^ | August 8, 2014 | Jeff Jacques
    8 years ago today, August 8, 2006, my friend Matt Hooten took his own life. He was just 23 years old. I’ve wanted to write about his death for years but the pain and the emotion involved in doing so was something I had not yet had the courage for.
  • Blood test predicts suicide risk, study suggests

    08/02/2014 9:43:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rachael Rettner
    A new gene linked to suicide risk has been discovered, and researchers say the finding could lead to a blood test that predicts a person's risk of attempting suicide. The model correctly identified 80 percent to 96 percent of people who experienced suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide. It was more accurate among people at severe risk for suicide. If the findings are confirmed and lead to a blood test for suicide risk, such a test might be used to screen people in psychiatric emergency rooms or to determine how closely a person needs to be monitored for suicide risk, the...
  • Kiss Singer Gene Simmons Tells Depressed People To Kill Themselves

    08/01/2014 10:52:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 94 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 8-1-2014 | Michael Allen
    Last month, Kiss singer Gene Simmons falsely claimed that the wealthiest one percent paid 80 percent of "all taxes" and created "all the jobs." Eager to spread more love, Simmons recently teed off on his former Kiss band mates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, and anyone suffering from depression or drug addiction. When asked by SongFacts.com if he still gets along with Criss or Frehley these days, Simmons responded, "No, I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim." "Drug addicts and alcoholics are always:...
  • Report: George Washington Bridge to get fence to prevent rising suicides

    07/31/2014 7:06:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 07/31/2014
    The George Washington Bridge spanning New York and New Jersey is getting a fence to help curb suicides as the number of deaths there approaches record levels. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there have been 13 suicides and 40 rescues on the span so far this year. There were 16 deaths for all of 2013. Plans call for erecting a 9-foot fence to replace the current railing to make jumping from the bridge difficult. Chief structural engineer Bernie Yostpile tells The Record newspaper that the project will cost $37 million to $47 million and will...
  • Young war veteran shot, killed by police

    07/17/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    WMC Action News 5 ^ | July 16, 2014 | WMCActionNews5.com Staff
    GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC) - A young war veteran was shot and killed by Germantown police officers Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. Justin Neil Davis' best friend, who asked to be called Val, told WMC Action News 5 that Davis went to Cameron Brown Park in Germantown off Farmington Boulevard, because it is where he had happy memories of his childhood. Davis was reportedly sitting in his car with a rifle and thoughts of suicide when Germantown police shot and killed him. Wednesday night, family and friends say they still have questions.
  • Man commits suicide by leaping into giant bonfire at Burning Man-style festival in Utah

    07/14/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT · by redreno · 105 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | 07/14/2014 | BY Philip Caulfield
    A man killed himself at Burning Man-style arts festival by leaping into a towering burning art structure in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers, authorities and witnesses said. On Monday, scores of "burners" - who commune in the Nevada desert every August for Burning Man -were mourning the doomed festivalgoer after he dove into the flames during a moonlit bonfire ritual at the Element 11 fest near Salt Lake City late Saturday.
  • At last, we wake up to Dr Death, Philip Nitschke

    07/07/2014 6:46:48 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 7 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | July 7, 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    EUTHANASIA guru Dr Philip Nitschke is furious the ABC has finally pinged him for actually helping the healthy to kill themselves. “Attacked by rabid Christians & journalist jackals!” he tweeted last week. But you don’t need to be rabid or even Christian to consider Nitschke dangerous. For 20 years Nitschke, founder of Exit International, has had largely positive coverage from a media which too often assumed he’s just helping the dying and the suffering. Only now does he seem in trouble, with the Black Dog Institute, the Australian Medical Association and beyondblue publicly denouncing him. This follows the ABC’s revelations...
  • Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK'd

    06/27/2014 9:38:16 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/27/2014 | AP
    San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths. The bridge district's board of directors voted unanimously in favor of the funding for a steel suicide net. The funding sources are $20 million in bridge toll revenue, $49 million in federal money and $7 million from the state. ... funding for the project remained a major obstacle. A significant hurdle was overcome two years ago when President Barack...
  • Mississippi tea party leader Mark Mayfield dead of apparent suicide

    06/27/2014 2:26:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Hohmann
    Mark Mayfield, a Mississippi tea party leader and lawyer facing charges in connection with taking photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife at her nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday morning. Police said that Mayfield’s wife, Robin, called 911 just after 9 a.m. to say her husband had shot himself. Officers arrived to find the 57-year-old lying on the floor of a storage room in his garage with a single gunshot wound to the head and a “large caliber revolver” with the body. Lt. John Neal of the Ridgeland Police Department told POLITICO that there was a note recovered, but he...
  • Tea party official in Cochran photos case dies

    06/27/2014 11:55:08 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 06/27/2014 11:48 AM | Associated Press
    A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary.
  • Viewpoints: Gun violence restraining orders could save lives

    06/21/2014 11:39:45 AM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Published: Saturday, Jun. 21, 2014 - 12:00 am | By Nancy Skinner
    In the six years I’ve served in the Legislature, our nation has endured 31 mass shootings, five of which happened in California. As tragic as mass shootings are, they don’t account for the nearly 3,000 Californians who die every year from gunfire related to street and domestic violence, or suicides. Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook, I had the opportunity to work with a wide-ranging group of academics, practitioners and advocates in the fields of mental health, public health and gun violence prevention. I was surprised by what I learned. First, I learned of leading public health data that attribute...
  • 2 police officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shootings, authorities say

    06/08/2014 5:02:43 PM PDT · by Pox · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/08/2014 | Foxnews.com
    Two Las Vegas police officers and one civilian were shot and killed Sunday when a gun-toting duo went on a killing spree before shooting one another dead in an apparent suicide pact, authorities say. Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield told The Associated Press that the shooting spree began around 11:30 a.m. Sunday when a man and woman walked into CiCi's Pizza restaurant on North Nellis Boulevard and ambushed two officers who were eating lunch.
  • Two Metro officers killed. 3 others dead in "suicide' pact (Las Vegas)

    06/08/2014 1:59:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 6-8-2014 | LV Sun
    A Metro source has confirmed that two police officers died today, victims of a shooting in the northeast part of the valley. The source said one officer was shot and killed about 11:30 a.m. at Cici's Pizza at 309 N. Nellis Ave. The other officer was shot there and died while in surgery at UMC. At a 1:30 p.m. news conference Metro said one person was killed inside Walmart and two suspects were killed in the back of the store. The two suspects told other shoppers that they were part of a revolution and wanted a shootout with Metro. However,...
  • Wife chased her husband out of a restaurant and shot him dead in the street before killing herself..

    06/07/2014 9:54:15 AM PDT · by traumer · 130 replies
    A woman reportedly shot dead her husband in front of a packed suburban Atlanta supermarket before then turning the gun on herself. Paula Strange, 54, is said by police to have shot dead 52-year-old husband Bruce Strange at a Marietta, Georgia Kroger just after 5.30 p.m., authorities said. It happened only minutes after an argument over dinner at a nearby restaurant, a source told MailOnline. The Kennesaw, Georgia couple was eating at a Mo’s Southwest Grill in the same shopping plaza where the shooting occurred less than half an hour before they were both dead, a person who answered the...
  • Premature suicide belt explosion dampens jihadi party (Feel good video of Memorial Day)

    05/26/2014 5:54:45 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    am thinker ^ | 5/25/14 | t lifson
    It’s the feel-good video of the day. I’d trade it for six cute puppy or kitten videos. (WeIl, except maybe this one.) It happened in Syria, when a bunch of terrorists, said to be from abroad, got together for a little party. (Video below) Sean Brown of Mad World News reports: The Syrian-based terror group is all sitting around singing, rifles stacked in the middle of the room in a menacing manner and their flag draped on the wall above. As their celebration continues, all of the sudden there’s a massive BOOM and the camera is shot off the screen....
  • Vietnamese Woman Self-Immolates in Anti-China Protest

    05/24/2014 11:11:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 5/23/2014 | Rachel Vandenbrink
    A Vietnamese woman belonging to an outlawed Buddhist movement died Friday after setting herself on fire in protest against China's actions in a territorial dispute with Vietnam, according to activists and local media. The woman, 67-year-old Le Thi Tuyet Mai, surrounded herself with seven banners denouncing Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea before dousing herself in gasoline and setting it alight early Friday morning in front of the Reunification Palace in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. [....] “I offer my body as a torch to light the path of all patriots,” one of the banners displayed by Mai read,...
  • West Virginia doctor claims patients on VA waiting list committed suicide

    05/19/2014 1:37:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2014
    A West Virginia doctor is coming forward with new allegations against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming that she too was told to put patients seeking treatment off for months on end—and that at least two of them committed suicide. The claims add to the mounting controversy surrounding the VA, and allegations in several states that workers were concealing information about the long wait times veterans encountered. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified last week before Congress on the scandal, but so far has resisted calls for his resignation. Dr. Margaret Moxness, who says she was employed at the Huntington VA...
  • Patrick mental health issue could hurt Dewhurst

    05/19/2014 6:49:33 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 35 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 16, 2014 | Mike Ward and David Saleh Rauf
    AUSTIN - The mental condition of state Sen. Dan Patrick, front-runner in the GOP runoff for lieutenant governor, became the key issue Friday in the already acrimonious race, as medical records leaked by opponents show he was hospitalized twice in the 1980s, once after a suicide attempt, and received treatment for severe depression and anxiety. In a campaign marked by nasty rhetoric bordering on the bizarre, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is trailing Patrick, began openly feuding with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a former rival for Texas' No. 2 elective office, over the disclosures: Dew­hurst ordered Patterson to stop...
  • R. Budd Dwyer

    05/11/2014 1:19:59 AM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 50 replies
    5/11/14 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    Does anyone here remember R.Budd Dwyer, the politician who committed suicide on national TV during a press conference?
  • Details emerge about family in Avila mansion fire

    05/09/2014 11:20:54 AM PDT · by windcliff · 10 replies
    wfla.com ^ | 5-9-14 | Peter Bernard
    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The girl shown in a home video in a pink top is Megan Campbell. She died at her Avila home on Wednesday morning. Megan spent many hours at her home. “She was the girl didn't get brought down by anything. She was always happy. Full of life,” said Lincoln. “And that's the legacy that all these girls would want to leave behind for Megan.” Investigators dropped several bombshells at a press conference Thursday evening. “What I can confirm to you is that all four individuals were shot,” said Col. Donna Lusczynski of the Hillsborough County...
  • Florida Five: Senate passes in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, medical marijuana clears House

    05/02/2014 3:47:48 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Biz Pac ^ | May 02 2014 | Tom Tillison
    Senate approves in-state tuition for undocumented students: The Florida Senate voted Thursday to let undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. The 26-13 vote came as no surprise. The sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, was confident he had the votes for week. But that didn’t stop him from getting emotional in debate on Thursday. “The eyes of America are on us,” Latvala said moments before the vote. “I think we’re setting an example. I think we’re doing the right thing.” Read more Medical Marijuana Photo Source Hightimes.com House passes non-euphoric medical marijuana bill: The Florida...