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June 4, 1996
Ray Combs,40, a comedian who followed Richard Dawson as host of the game show "Family Feud," committed suicide Sunday in Glendale, Calif. Mr. Combs hanged himself at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, police said. A father of six, he apparently was anguished over his pending divorce and had tried for weeks to commit suicide, police said.Pub Date: 6/04/96
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By René J. Muller | September 23, 2014
Suicide is an uncommon phenomenon. When you consider what people suffer because of medical illness, physical injury, the deprivations of old age, mental illness, personal failure and the betrayal by others, one wonders why more people don't choose to end their lives. Many are deterred from suicide by religious dictates, the social stigma associated with giving up in the face of hardship and the reluctance to abandon others by making this kind of exit. Even without these proscriptions, and under the most trying circumstances, life is often obstinately embraced until the very end. People just don't want to die. Many of us have thought about the possibility of taking our lives at some point, wondering what would happen if the steering wheel were turned just slightly to the left as an oncoming car approaches, or considering the consequences of jumping out of a window eight stories up. Most of us quickly reject the projected outcome of these actions.
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By New York Times | August 9, 1991
A new book advising terminally ill people how to commitsuicide has surged to No. 1 in its first week in the hard-cover advice category on the New York Times best-seller list to be published on Aug. 18. The list was compiled last night.NB The book is "Final Exit" by Derek Humphry, who is executive director of the Hemlock Society, an organization in Eugene, Ore., that advises on how to commit suicide.The book, which is published by the society and distributed by Carol Publishing of Secaucus, N.J., outlines a variety of ways to commit suicide and provides specific instructions.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
After Tom Linsenmeyer committed suicide in 2001, his brothers and sister decided the best way to keep the student-athlete's memory alive would be a run for charity. Now in its 12th year, Tom's 5K Reindeer Run raises thousands of dollars for Sarah's House, an emergency shelter for women and families in Anne Arundel County. On Saturday morning, about 300 runners braved the cold in sweatpants and headbands to run the 3.1-mile lap around West Laurel, with proceeds expected to be between $5,000 and $10,000.
NEWS
January 8, 1995
A 79-year-old Perry Hall man who left his daughter's home Thursday night, causing family members to fear that he might take his own life, was found about six miles away, unharmed in his car yesterday, police said.Baltimore County police found Charles Lewis Porter at Harrison and Baker avenues shortly before 3 p.m. A caller had reported seeing Mr. Porter there. Mr. Porter was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center for medical evaluation, police said.Mr. Porter's family reported him missing Friday.
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By Orlando Sentinel | July 16, 1993
The initial forgetfulness and eventual bizarre behavior that typify Alzheimer's disease may be caused by brain cells that commit suicide by a built-in killer molecule.That discovery by scientists in California may help clarify work under way that seeks to explain why the brain cells -- or neurons -- die in Alzheimer's patients."What we found is the first example of a hit man in your neurons," said Dr. Dale Bredesen, a neurobiologist at the University of California at Los Angeles."This is an unusual phenomenon, and we're excited about it because it explains a lot of things that we didn't understand before," he said.
NEWS
By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer | February 23, 1994
Maryland should make assisted suicide a felony or risk the arrival of a home-grown version of so-called death doctor Jack Kevorkian, several groups told a state Senate committee yesterday.Some doctors, local Catholic leaders and the state attorney general's office warned of potentially dire consequences unless Maryland makes it an explicit crime to help terminally ill people kill themselves.If state law remains unclear on the issue, they said, some doctors may encourage patients to commit suicide, especially if they are poor, handicapped, elderly or uninsured.
NEWS
By Crispin Sartwell | May 20, 1997
I AM SICK TO DEATH of aliens. I'm sick of ''The X Files,'' sick of ''Independence Day,'' sick of Heaven's Gate, sick of the ''Star Wars'' trilogy. Sick of action figures, sick of video games, sick of comic books, sick of television, sick of trashy novels: in short, sick of American culture.What holds us together as a people is not our shared belief in the Constitution or something touching like that; in fact most of us would gladly shred the Constitution if that meant we could arbitrarily impose our views on our friends and neighbors.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer | February 23, 1994
Maryland should make assisted suicide a felony or risk the arrival of a home-grown version of so-called death doctor Jack Kevorkian, several groups told a state Senate committee yesterday.Some doctors, local Catholic leaders and the state attorney general's office warned of potentially dire consequences unless Maryland makes it an explicit crime to help terminally ill people kill themselves.If state law remains unclear on the issue, they said, some doctors may encourage patients to commit suicide, especially if they are poor, handicapped, elderly or uninsured.
FEATURES
By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,Universal Press Syndicate | October 7, 1991
In March 1989, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article in which 12 doctors called for "a second look" at physicians' responsibility toward hopelessly ill patients. The authors made news by stating, "It is not immoral for a physician to assist in the rational suicide of a terminally ill patient."Since then, there have been a lot more headlines about physician-assisted suicide. Earlier this year, Dr. Timothy Quill, a physician in Rochester, N.Y., wrote about his experience in helping a terminally ill leukemia patient to commit suicide by prescribing enough barbiturates to end her life peacefully.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Update, Sept. 6:  Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the state medical examiner's office, confirmed on Friday morning that the manner of Josh Burdette's death was suicide. Concert venues are about the live music experience, but then again, they're not. We were reminded of this on Monday when 9:30 Club spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer confirmed the Washington venue's manager and "face of the Club" Josh Burdette had died on Sunday. He was 36. Judging from the immediate and emotional outpouring on social media, the death of Burdette -- the affable manager/head of security with the large ear plugs and heavily inked forearms who had been a 9:30 fixture since 1997 -- is a substantial loss for the club, the East Coast music scene and beyond.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
A Baltimore man who was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Rosedale early Sunday morning had driven to the gas station where he collapsed onto the parking lot, Baltimore County police said Monday. Robert Wynder Jr., 23, of the 1700 block of Montpelier Ave., was shot in a different location before driving to a Shell gas station on Kenwood Avenue in a gold four-door Honda Civic, police said. Officers were called to the gas station at 4:28 a.m., where Wynder was suffering from at least one gunshot wound in front of the gas station.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Minutes after being pulled over by a state trooper on the side of Interstate 95 in White Marsh this week, 23-year-old Bel Air resident Scott Kampes was slumped over in the driver's seat of the car he was driving — fatally wounded from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to Maryland State Police. Police said the shot, from a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun found in Kampes' lap, was not heard by the two state troopers at the scene or by his uncle, who was also there.
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By Carrie Wells and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
The man who shot himself at a Timonium gun range Thursday night committed suicide, Baltimore County police said Friday. Officers were called to the Continental Arms at 9603 Deereco Road shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday for reports of a shooting. A deceased adult male was found inside of the gun range. Police said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun jkanderson@baltsun.com
BUSINESS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
After Regina Friend's son Roswell committed suicide last year, she was at least relieved to know that the loans he took out to pay for his Temple University degree were forgiven. But now, the Cockeysville woman has learned she faces a hefty tax bill on those canceled loans. "I thought I was done," she said. Then in June she spoke to her tax preparer, who told her that she will owe an estimated $14,000 to the Internal Revenue Service and the state comptroller on the loans she took out for her son. "I don't think there will ever be closure for what happened.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 19, 2012
What happened to Chavis Carter? It is a pregnant question, potentially even an explosive one. Carter died of a gunshot wound to the temple on the last Saturday in July, but the question about his death has only grown louder and more urgent since then. It is beginning to gather national attention. So we need an answer soon, either so that suspicions can be put to rest and some imperfect peace achieved, or so that suspicions can be validated and some equally imperfect justice sought.
NEWS
December 13, 1996
THE MURDER rate among young African-American men is so high that little notice has been given the dramatic increase in suicide among the same group. But it makes sense. Young black men are growing up in environments, urban and suburban, where mass culture exhorts them to be either star athletes or the ill-educated caricatures of the poster children for violence, drug abuse and risky sexual behavior they see in music videos and hip-hop magazines. Unable to be "all that," many become alienated and depressed.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2000
The 16-year-old Crofton boy charged with assisted suicide in the death of his girlfriend pleaded "not involved" yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, and his attorney asked the judge to dismiss the case, arguing that the law was never meant to apply in the case of a failed suicide pact between lovers. The request came during a two-hour hearing on charges that the boy helped Jennifer Garvey, 15, shoot herself in the head Oct. 18. He is the first person charged with violating Maryland's 1999 assisted suicide law and is also charged with possession of a handgun and reckless endangerment, all as a juvenile.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
The killing of a woman in a Dewey Beach motel room this month appears to have been the result of a violent murder-suicide. Danielle Mehlman, 26, of Bensalem, Pa., was found dead about 10:45 a.m June 18 by a maid at the Atlantic Oceanside Motel in the 1700 block of Coastal Highway, which cuts through the center of the small Delaware vacation town north of Ocean City . A medical examiner has since ruled her death a homicide, caused by...
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
Regina Friend will don her son's ceremonial cap Thursday morning and take footsteps that were supposed to be his. The mere idea of those steps gives her chills, but she will take them. Her only child worked 41/2 years to earn a diploma from Temple University, and she will collect it, proud as any other parent in the room. "He's not here to accept it," the Cockeysville resident said. "So as his mother, and I'm still his mother, I need to get it for him. " Last August, Roswell Friend — Dulaney High graduate, college athlete, selfless friend, soon-to-be Temple alum — went for a run over a Philadelphia bridge and never came back.
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