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Bay Area officials approve suicide-prevention nets for Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area officials approve suicide-prevention nets for Golden Gate Bridge

Bay Area officials approved a $76-million package Friday to fund suicide-prevention nets that will extend 20 feet on either side of the Golden Gate Bridge, handing a victory to advocates who have long pushed to hem in the 1.7-mile-long span against suicidal jumpers. Since the bridge opened in 1937, an estimated 1,600 people have plunged to their deaths, officials said. Of that total, a record 46 suicides were recorded last year and more than 100 other would-be jumpers were stopped by bridge workers. "It's an obvious, obvious problem, and this is the best solution we've come up with so far," said San Francisco resident David Matthews, whose close friend died after...

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