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March 29, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Maxwell played varsity lacrosse, football, and basketball at Radnor High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society. He had a great sense of humor, and girls at school had crushes on him. Maxwell graduated in June. In July, he killed himself. The end of his quiet struggle with depression shocked his Main Line community. "At his memorial service, we talked about how we couldn't talk about it when he was sick," said his mother, Laurie Burstein-Maxwell. "His friends didn't know the extent of what was going on, and neither did our friends, because of the stigma.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
Mariette Hartley, co-host of CBS's "The Morning Program," says she has a fear of success as a result of her father's committing suicide. He shot himself in the head in 1963. In an interview in the current issue of TV Guide, Hartley said that during the final week of rehearsals for the morning show, "when everything was coming together here, I kept hearing a gunshot. I was ashamed that no matter how far past it I get, when I am on the verge of success, there it is again. The gunshot.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOWER MERION Like many who lose a loved one to suicide, the family and friends of Officer Sean Quinn said they didn't see it coming. Quinn, 46, was a veteran of the Lower Merion Police Department, a former DARE instructor who loved working with children. He was a private man with a strong jaw and youthful features. After a bumpy stretch, his life had smoothed out in recent years, and Quinn was doing what he loved - patrolling the streets. "It was all he ever wanted to do," said his wife, Eileen.
NEWS
April 4, 1991 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
Into every teen-age mind, the notion of suicide probably has intruded at some point. "If you go into any school and hand out a questionnaire, 100 percent would say they've thought of suicide," said Dr. Jerry Kaplan, Hahnemann University professor of clinical pediatrics. "There's no one who hasn't read 'Hamlet' and had it cross their mind. "To think about suicide is not abnormal. But when it gets to be an obsessive thing, that's when you get worried. " To be or not to be - when that becomes more than an academic exercise, parents, teachers and counselors worry.
NEWS
July 19, 1987 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
Citing a nationwide increase in the number of suicides among adolescents, the Colonial school board has voted unanimously to adopt a suicide-prevention policy that orders the creation of a program to handle the problem. The board, acting at a meeting Thursday night, voted, 7-0, in favor of the one-page policy. Board members Rachele Intrieri and Frances L. Wilson were absent. The policy, which was recommended by the administration, states that the district "must" make every effort to reduce the adolescent suicide rate.
NEWS
March 29, 1990 | By Loretta Tofani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Estes knows how he is going to kill himself. So does Alan Ward. Both have the AIDS virus and neither is sure he will want to live after the disease debilitates him, sapping his strength. So they are preparing for suicide. Opting for suicide is not unusual for people who have AIDS, according to interviews with people with the virus, physicians and mental health professionals. A study published in 1988 found that AIDS patients were 36 times more likely to take their own lives than the entire population of men 20 to 59 years old, the usual AIDS years, according to the study's leader, Dr. Peter Marzuk of Cornell University Medical College.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2000 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
Ministry and Stereolab were influenced by it. Michael Stipe sang its praises to Charlie Rose. Ric Ocasek and Ben Vaughn produced its members. And Bruce Springsteen has admiringly called it the scariest band he ever heard. If they don't already know Suicide - poet-singer Alan Vega and minimalist keyboardist Martin Rev - after 30 years, electronic-music fans have an opportunity to investigate the duo's brutish synth-punk mayhem with a pair of new two-CD packages from Mute Records.
NEWS
April 13, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Parents should pay close attention to teen-agers depressed by the suicide of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, especially those already troubled by other issues, counselors say. Rock stars "are not only role models, but they speak to emotions kids have trouble articulating," said Linda Rosenblum, a social worker with Los Angeles Unified School District's mental-health services. "When you're a teen-ager, you feel like you're so deep, and when someone comes along and sings what you feel, it's a big deal.
SPORTS
January 11, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Boston Bruins forward Sheldon Kennedy considered suicide as recently as this season over the sex abuse he suffered at the hands of his junior coach. "The last time was three months ago," he said yesterday. "I really thought about it. " He now sees a psychiatrist twice a week. Kennedy wants to set up a ranch near Vernon, British Columbia, for other sexually abused kids. A local businessman has given him land. Flyers star Eric Lindros also promised to help, Kennedy said.
NEWS
October 22, 1988 | By Robert McSherry, Special to The Inquirer
An Upper Darby man who allegedly gave his despondent friend a loaded rifle and then stood by as the man killed himself Thursday night was charged yesterday under state law with taking part in a suicide, police said. Upper Darby Township police said William Neill, 42, of the 3200 block of Berkley Avenue, Drexel Hill, was pronounced dead of a single gunshot wound to the head about 10:45 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 3900 block of Mary Street, Drexel Hill. Neill's friend Gerald Samuel, 36, a resident of the house, was arraigned about 3 a.m. yesterday in Upper Darby Regional court on a charge of causing or aiding a suicide, police said.
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March 29, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Maxwell played varsity lacrosse, football, and basketball at Radnor High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society. He had a great sense of humor, and girls at school had crushes on him. Maxwell graduated in June. In July, he killed himself. The end of his quiet struggle with depression shocked his Main Line community. "At his memorial service, we talked about how we couldn't talk about it when he was sick," said his mother, Laurie Burstein-Maxwell. "His friends didn't know the extent of what was going on, and neither did our friends, because of the stigma.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday afternoon that she would not appeal a judge's decision to dismiss assisted-suicide charges against Philadelphia nurse Barbara Mancini in a case closely watched by people who were concerned the state had intruded on a private family matter. Mancini, 58, was charged last year with assisted suicide for handing her 93-year-old father his morphine. Schuylkill County Court Judge Jacqueline Russell on Feb. 11 dismissed the case against Mancini, claiming the Office of the Attorney General had based its case on conjecture and lack of evidence.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IT'S BEEN A MONTH since Penn freshman Madison Holleran died by suicide. An athletic and academic standout in high school, she had been dismayed by her 3.5 grade-point average at Penn and had struggled to balance her studies with her varsity track training. By Jan. 17, she was so despondent, she took her life. Three weeks later, Penn sophomore Elvis Hatcher did the same. Both suicides ignited much debate about the life-or-death pressures of college life (particularly in the Ivy League)
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Mancini, speaking out for the first time, described the afternoon when she was arrested for assisted suicide, and when her father was revived against his wishes, as "a surreal nightmare. " "I just couldn't believe it," she recounted Wednesday, the day after a Schuylkill County judge dismissed the yearlong case against her. "It didn't seem like this could possibly be happening to me or to him. Absolutely the worst thing in the world. " Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline Russell said the attorney general's case rested on conjecture and lacked evidence.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Mancini pleaded Wednesday for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane not to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss assisted-suicide charges against the Philadelphia nurse in the death of her father. "Please don't do this," Mancini, 58, said at a news conference at her Roxborough home. She was arrested Feb. 4, 2013, after handing her terminally ill father, 93, legally prescribed morphine. After a hospice nurse called police, Mancini's father, Joseph Yourshaw of Pottsville, was taken to a hospital and revived.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Schuylkill County judge on Tuesday dismissed the assisted-suicide charge against Barbara Mancini, the 58-year-old Philadelphia nurse who was arrested last February after handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of morphine. "A jury may not receive a case where it must rely on conjecture to reach a verdict," Judge Jacqueline Russell said at the end of her 47-page opinion. The case "would not warrant submission to a jury due to the lack of competent evidence," she continued, adding that "the commonwealth's reliance on speculation" served "as an inappropriate means to prove its case.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Aiello broke into tears - again - when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Center City parking garage, stunning her family, friends, and campus community. The call came from a friend, who in an eerie coincidence, knew Holleran's father. Aiello lost his own daughter, Paige, the same way nine months earlier. Tennis team captain and an A student at the College of New Jersey, she was weeks shy of graduation and had been accepted to nine law schools when her body was recovered from the Hudson River.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE NORTH PHILLY man is dead and another is in "very critical condition" after an apparent murder-suicide attempt last night, police said. About 8:55 p.m., officers responded to a call of a person screaming on Wishart Street near 2nd, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When they arrived, the officers heard gunshots and forced their way into the home through a rear entrance. Inside, they found a 37-year-old man shot three times in the head, chest and hand, Small said. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he's in critical condition, Small said.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
TWO DAYS after the second student suicide in three weeks, University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann said the school will hire three permanent counselors and three temporary counselors, calling demand for mental-health services at the school "greater than ever. " The death of sophomore Elvis Hatcher, 18, on Tuesday was ruled a suicide - three weeks after the suicide of freshman Madison Holleran. A total of four Penn students have died since the start of winter break, but official causes of death have not been released for the other two students.
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