| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:00 AM
OAKLAND — Decorated by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for bravery at the Battle of the Bulge, William Knox Roberts was a fighter. A surgery for liver cancer in 1999 had left him in the clear, but in February, he developed lung congestion that wouldn't...
| Nov 9, 2013
Most of the mail that crosses my desk deals with politics, policy and other largely impersonal subjects. Occasionally, readers will tell their own deeply personal stories as a way to inform a discussion. Several did just that in response to Steve Lopez'...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:46 PM
Manfred Rommel, the former mayor of the German city of Stuttgart and the son of the World War II field marshal dubbed the "Desert Fox," has died. He was 84.
Rommel died Thursday, local authorities said in a statement on Stuttgart's official website....
| Nov 8, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Angela Spaccia said she considered committing suicide and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after she was forced out as the second in command in Bell and then dismissed as the acting city manager in neighboring Maywood.
On the witness stand for the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:38 AM
A 20-year-old gunman was dead Tuesday morning after firing at least six rounds inside a New Jersey mall in the latest gun rampage through a high-traffic, hence low-security, venue. No one was shot or injured.
Richard Shoop, 20, fired from a modified...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Mariel Hemingway mines her famous family's history in "Running From Crazy," exploring the legacy left by her iconic grandfather Ernest — one of creative heights and emotional lows. By Mariel's count, she's lost seven relatives to suicide, and having...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:17 AM
I first met Albert Camus in the fall of 1980, when I was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. I say met because it felt that personal to me. His 1942 provocation “The Myth of Sisyphus” was the lead-off text in a course I was taking on...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:41 PM
It was around lunchtime when patrons of the Ruby's Diner perched near the end of the Balboa Pier looked up and saw what appeared to be a dummy plummeting from a passing helicopter and then heard it splash into the ocean.
As customers strained to get a...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 6:08 PM
A 15-year-old Illinois boy who killed himself after repeated bullying was buried Sunday, his father said.
Jordan Lewis -- who loved football and the Chicago Bears -- was memorialized in a Bears-themed service in Marion, about two hours southeast of St....
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:33 PM
Zvonko Busic, a Croatian nationalist who served more than three decades in U.S. prisons for a 1976 hijacking and a bombing that killed a New York City policeman, has committed suicide. He was 67.
Police said Busic shot himself Sunday at his home in...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 11:24 AM
When 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick leapt off an abandoned cement plant in Lakeland, Fla., on Sept. 10, her death was ruled a suicide and instantly became a national tragedy. Tuesday, police announced the arrest of two classmates, ages 12 and 14, for...