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Family Attempts Suicide in Housing Dispute

Chinese protesters: The government destroyed our home

(Newser) - Twelve people in China have highlighted their grievances by swallowing pesticide in public and falling to the ground, frothing at the mouth, the Telegraph reports. In one incident, a group of seven people from Jiangsu province (all from the same family, says the Daily Mail ) went outside a newspaper... More »

Man Dies in Fire at Burning Man Knockoff

Police say it was suicide

(Newser) - Onlookers at a Utah Burning Man festival watched in horror Saturday as a man ran head-long into a ceremonial bonfire and never came back out, KUTV reports. It was about 11pm when Christopher Wallace, 30, broke through a barrier surrounding a burning three-story structure inspired by the book Where the ... More »

Japanese Man Sets Self on Fire in Rare Protest

Thought to be railing against Tokyo's move to bolster defense forces

(Newser) - A man set himself on fire at Tokyo's busy Shinjuku railway station today in what appears to be a rare violent political protest. The man, who appeared in his 50s or 60s, was taken to the hospital after suffering serious injuries, said Daiji Kubota, an officer at the Shinjuku... More »

Golden Gate Bridge Getting First Suicide Net

Bridge's board of directors approves funding

(Newser) - Golden Gate Bridge directors today took a big step toward eliminating the span's unwanted distinction as the most popular spot in the nation for suicides, reports CNN . The board approved a $76 million project to install a steel safety net that will jut out from both sides of the... More »

Murky Details Emerge in Suicide of Model's Hubby

Katie Cleary's husband, Andrew Stern, shot himself

(Newser) - Andrew Stern, husband of Deal or No Deal suitcase model Katie Cleary, shot himself to death Sunday, weeks after Cleary was photographed getting close to Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier in Cannes. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the reality show couple (Stern appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker and Cleary was also... More »

Boy Finds Mummified Corpse in Abandoned House

Homeowner's body was hanging in closet

(Newser) - Plenty of kids poke around abandoned houses, but there's a 12-year-old boy in Dayton, Ohio, who probably won't be doing so again: The boy on Sunday opened the door of a closet in a house that neighbors thought was unoccupied and found a mummified corpse hanging inside, reports... More »

Great Recession's Toll: 10K Suicides

But greater support reduced deaths, researchers say

(Newser) - The economic despair of the Great Recession led to at least 10,000 extra suicides between 2007 and 2010, according to researchers who say that is a conservative estimate—and many of the deaths could have been prevented. The study of 24 EU countries, the US, and Canada found that... More »

Grandson of SF Suicide Net Advocate Jumps to Death

'It's not the bridge's fault,' says former transit director

(Newser) - Heartbreak for the transit official who spearheaded efforts to install a suicide barrier at the Golden Gate Bridge: His own grandson has become the latest person to leap to his death from the bridge. John Moylan, 86, was the director of the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District when the prevention... More »

'Just Being Awake at Night' May Be Suicide Risk Factor

Study finds suicide rate peaks at 2am hour

(Newser) - People are more likely to commit suicide after midnight, and the suicide rate peaks between 2am and 3am, according to a new study. Using data from the American Time Use Survey, which calculates the proportion of Americans who are awake at any given hour, as well as the National Violent... More »

High School Student Caught Cheating, Kills Herself

Harlem girl cried out 'I'm sorry!' during German-language exam

(Newser) - A student at an elite Harlem high school allegedly killed herself on Thursday after she was caught cheating on an exam and cried out, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" Omotayo Adeoye, 17, a student at the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College, was... More »

Oscar-Winning Director Killed Himself, Says Brother

'Searching for Sugar Man' filmmaker reportedly suffered from depression

(Newser) - The sudden death of acclaimed director Malik Bendjelloul may be a case of suicide. Bendjelloul's brother has told a Swedish newspaper that the 36-year-old killed himself, explaining that he had struggled with depression for a short period of time. Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm yesterday. The filmmaker rose... More »

Famed High School Hit With 5th Teacher Sex Allegation

Teacher at 'Friday Night Lights' school commits suicide

(Newser) - Until recently, Permian High School was known mostly for football—it's the basis for Friday Night Lights. But that might be changing thanks to a slew of scandals, including one that ended in suicide last night. Police found longtime government teacher and assistant girls golf coach Mark Lampman dead... More »

Graphic Teen Suicide Reports May Spur Copycats

Researchers pored over newspaper archives

(Newser) - Graphic and extensive news reports on a teen suicide may lead to more teen suicides, a new study has found. Researchers looked at 48 teen suicide "clusters" in US communities where three to 11 teens killed themselves over a six-month period occurring between 1988 and 1996 (before Internet news... More »

Couple Says Goodbye to Son, Walks in Front of Train

Son says dad was devastated over mom's health

(Newser) - On Sunday afternoon, Earl Myatt called his son, Brad. Earl put Brad's mom, Mary, who suffered a brain aneurysm in January, on the phone. Then Earl got back on, and "he just said he loved me and he was sorry," Brad tells the Syracuse Post-Standard . Knowing something... More »

Good Samaritan Stops a Suicide

Saw distraught person on highway bridge

(Newser) - On his way home from work in Oakland, a man spotted a suicide attempt in the making—and managed to stop it from happening. Lonnie Monroe saw another man walking on the wrong side of an overpass railing above I-580. "You could see the look on his face,"... More »

School VP Rescued From Ferry Found Hanged

He apparently killed himself, was found hanging from tree

(Newser) - A high school vice principal who was aboard the doomed South Korean ferry with more than 300 students from his school was one of the first to be rescued—but today he was found dead. Kang Min Kyu, 52, apparently hanged himself from a tree, using a belt, CNN reports.... More »

Man Finds Dead Body, Thinks It's Fake, Dumps It

'Mannequin' was actually 96-year-old woman

(Newser) - How exactly is it possible to mistake a dead body for a mannequin? Well, first of all, this story happened early on the morning after April Fools' Day. Ronald Benjamin, a desk clerk at a Florida seniors' apartment building, noticed the shape of a body on the patio while on... More »

Family of Guy Who Shot Himself: It Wasn't Suicide

They want James Jewell's cause of death listed as an accident

(Newser) - The death of the Michigan man who shot himself while attempting to demonstrate how safe his guns were has been ruled a suicide—and his family isn't happy about it. Jennifer Jackson says her longtime boyfriend James Jewell, 39, wasn't trying to take his own life: "I... More »

Flight Crash Was 'Suicide Mission': Source

Meanwhile, Australia puts search for plane on hold

(Newser) - The Malaysia Airlines flight that went down in the Indian Ocean looks a lot like a suicide mission, an official source tells the Telegraph . A team probing the crash believes no fire or malfunction could have sent the plane on its errant course or crippled its communications system for 7... More »

Cops: Man, Woman Kill Police Officer, Commit Suicide

Suspects found dead a block away from shooting scene

(Newser) - A Florida police officer was fatally shot when he encountered two people he described as suspicious walking on the street early Saturday—and the male and female suspects then apparently committed suicide about a block away from the scene. Police say Officer Robert German called for backup, and by the... More »

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