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News, The Snitch The Atlantic's Silicon Valley Suicides Cover Story and the Risk of Copycat Suicides

The Atlantic's Silicon Valley Suicides Cover Story and the Risk of Copycat Suicides

The Atlantic’s December issue leads with “The Silicon Valley Suicides” by Hanna Rosin, a somber look at the suicide pandemic seizing Palo Alto’s high schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, three current and one graduated student took their own…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

It’s November 18, 1978. The tape is running. Reverend Jim Jones is rambling into a microphone, dictating a suicide note on behalf of nearly a thousand people. Death is all around him, in the air and on the ground;…
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News, The Snitch California Moves One Step Closer to Legalizing Assisted Suicide

California Moves One Step Closer to Legalizing Assisted Suicide

SF Weekly recently reported on SB 128, a controversial bill that would allow doctors in California to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. Today, after a nearly two hour debate, the state Assembly passed the bill with a 42-33…
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News, The Snitch Attorney for SF Inmate Who Apparently Committed Suicide Requested Psychiatric Evaluation

Attorney for SF Inmate Who Apparently Committed Suicide Requested Psychiatric Evaluation

The public defender who represented Alberto Carlos Petrolino in court on Monday was "struck by how distraught he was" and requested that he receive psychiatric attention, Tamara Aparton of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office said today. "He was crying,"…
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News, The Snitch Man Dies in SF County Jail, Third SF Inmate Death This Year

Man Dies in SF County Jail, Third SF Inmate Death This Year

Alberto Carlos Petrolino, the inmate who died in San Francisco County Jail on Tuesday, had been arrested Saturday on suspicion of twice violating a stay-away order, the San Francisco Examiner reports.  Petrolino was 50 years old. According to the…
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News, The Snitch Actor Robin Williams Is Dead; Sheriff Investigating as Suicide

Actor Robin Williams Is Dead; Sheriff Investigating as Suicide

Update Aug 12: Authorites confirmed this afternoon that Actor Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt. According to media reports, it was his personal assistant who discovered him clothed, in a seated position and "unresponsive with a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Oct.21-27

Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Oct.21-27

This year's BART debacle may have pissed of the entire Bay Area, but in hindsight, history and San Francisco headlines reveal that BART has been generating controversy since its creation 40 years ago. Another trend this week in history?…
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News, The Snitch Hugues de La Plaza: DNA Evidence Indicates Lethal Attack, Claims Slain Man's Father

Hugues de La Plaza: DNA Evidence Indicates Lethal Attack, Claims Slain Man's Father

Five years after Hugues de la Plaza was found dead in his Hayes Valley apartment with three gaping stab wounds, the slain man's father said the San Francisco Police Department has very little to tell him. But François de la…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Brian Copeland Stares Down Suicide in <br><i>The Waiting Period</i>

Brian Copeland Stares Down Suicide in
The Waiting Period

In his solo show at the Marsh Theater, Not a Genuine Black Man, Brian Copeland told the story of moving with his African American family in the 1970s to San Leandro, named one of the most racist suburbs in the…
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Music, All Shook Down Ticketmaster Sends Swell Season Suicide Witnesses 'How Was The Show?' E-Mails

Ticketmaster Sends Swell Season Suicide Witnesses 'How Was The Show?' E-Mails

You don't need to follow the comments on our post about the suicide at Thursday's Swell Season concert to guess that the many fans who witnessed the sudden death of another person might be a bit, well, distraught. (Quite distraught, in…
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News, The Snitch Golden Gate Bridge Jumper Situation Saturday -- Underscores Need for Net

Golden Gate Bridge Jumper Situation Saturday -- Underscores Need for Net

On Saturday around 4 p.m., a man with a dark ponytail hopped the rail of the Golden Gate Bridge and contemplated a jump that would almost certainly end his life. Meanwhile, traffic snarled, authorities tried to coax the man down,…
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Dining, SFoodie Video: Suicidal Vegetables Peel Themselves, Make Curry

Video: Suicidal Vegetables Peel Themselves, Make Curry

Thank you, Japan, for consistently bringing the crazy in your animated entertainment. I'm not sure what is more disturbing in the above clip in which a group of vegetables decide to cook themselves. Is it the part where the potato…
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Some Details Emerge On Would-Be Valencia Suicide Jumper

View Larger Map As noted earlier, the man who threatened to leap off the Crown Hotel at 528 Valencia was talked down by police and fire fighters at shortly after midnight this morning. The San Francisco Police Department was loath…
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Breaking: Suicidal Person Threatening to Jump on 500 Block of Valencia

View Larger Map A man on the scene has informed us that a suicidal person is threatening to leap off a building on Valencia between 16th and 17th Streets, and the area has been closed off since around 5:45. Police…
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News, The Snitch Again? Gunn High School Students' Moth-Like Attraction to Caltrain Tracks Has Grown Surreal

Again? Gunn High School Students' Moth-Like Attraction to Caltrain Tracks Has Grown Surreal

We're living through the "interesting times" of the apocryphal malevolent Chinese proverb when folks' first reaction to hearing that Caltrain plans on raising fees while cutting services is "thank God!" The fewer trains running on the tracks, the fewer Gunn…
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Fatal Attraction: Illicit Affair Allegedly Behind 2006 SF Infanticide

Three years ago Linda Woo, then 40, woke her two children, wrapped them in blankets, and placed them inside a Subaru Outback owned by a man who had recently broken off a six-year-affair with her. Also in the car had…
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News, The Snitch Examiner Wants You To Know Jumping From Golden Gate Bridge Is No Walk in the Park

Examiner Wants You To Know Jumping From Golden Gate Bridge Is No Walk in the Park

The Examiner has a gory follow-up article to a story that broke last week about a man who leapt from the Golden Gate bridge and survived. The unnamed man is the 28th person of 1,300 to survive the jump. That…
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News, The Snitch Man Survives Jump from Golden Gate Bridge

Man Survives Jump from Golden Gate Bridge

A man in his mid-40s leapt from the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday around 10:30 a.m. and survived. The Coast Guard pulled the unconscious man from the water and delivered him to Park Presidio fire paramedics, according to an article…
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Music, All Shook Down

Suicide Comedy About Roommates Closes Tonight

The production concerns a group of young San Franciscans sharing an apartment: Who won’t wash the dishes? Who’s smoking hella dope? Most importantly, who’s suffering from extreme mental anguish? And the theater troupe made a film about making the play.…
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News, The Snitch Day Around The [fucking] Bay -- Sorry Frownie Face Edition

Day Around The [fucking] Bay -- Sorry Frownie Face Edition

Dear gentle readers, friends, and SFisters: It's been repeatedly noted that we made a major mistake, and we wish to apologize on our knees, and accept whatever you think we deserve as punishment (in our mouth or anus or…
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