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This undated family photo provided by Katrina Gross shows her son Tysen Benz. Benz, an 11-year-old Michigan boy hanged himself in his room after seeing social media posts indicating that his girlfriend had committed suicide. The posts turned out to be a prank. (Katrina Gross / Associated Press)

Boy, 11, hangs himself after fake social media posts 

Heartbreaking beyond words. CH Tysen Benz was at home when he saw social media posts indicating that his 13-year-old girlfriend had committed suicide. The posts were a prank, but the 11-year-old boy apparently believed them. Moments later, his mother found him hanging by the neck in his room in Marquette, Michigan.

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016

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Presidential election unusually stressful 

This presidential election is unusually stressful for both Democrats and Republicans, according to a survey published by the American Psychological Association. Eli Francovich/SR talks to local people about the election, including Kurt Wilson of Survival Enterprises in Coeur d'Alene. How stressed are you?

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016


Castro Hangs Himself In Prison Cell 

In this July 26 photo, Ariel Castro sits in a Cleveland courtroom where he pleaded guilty to 937 counts of rape and kidnapping for holding three women captive in his home for a decade. Castro, 53, serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and rape,...

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Sis Of Suicide Victim Wants Apology 

Andrew Cain's sister said she doesn't hold the Latah County Sheriff's Office responsible for her brother's suicide on Sunday. Still, she wants an apology from a deputy she claims harassed the 19-year-old Pullman man across the state line using the department's Facebook page. Cain had...

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MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012

Suicide: The Need To Discuss It 

It can be a difficult, heart-aching topic, but even addressing it - just bringing it up - can be an important breakthrough. Especially here, around Coeur d'Alene, where the suicide rate is the highest in Idaho, the state with the sixth highest rate nationally. While...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

More Details Of Abduction, Suicide

Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, of Dalton Gardens, was reportedly pepper-sprayed his former wife, Sondra, and had driven around with her for two hours before killing himself on Sherman Avenue after a police chase Sunday night. According to Kootenai County sheriff's reports, Zehm had driven with...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

INW Ranks High For Suicidal Thoughts 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a fascinating report today measuring suicidal thoughts and behaviors among adults older than 18 in the United States. Residents of Idaho and Washington have among the highest percentages of “suicidal thoughts” but don't rank as alarmingly high...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011

IPT: Speedy's Suicide Wake-Up Call 

The sad, tragic suicide of Jeret “Speedy” Peterson last week helped bring attention to an issue that’s never pleasant to talk about, but one we can’t ignore. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the daily challenges and travails of our own lives...

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Peterson: Highest Highs, Lowest Lows

Jeret Peterson faced serious personal challenges throughout his life, but he rose to great heights in aerial skiing — and will be remembered as an Olympic medalist who took the sport to a new level. “He was never satisfied to do what everyone else was...

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

P.S. Olympic Medalist Peterson, RIP

Jeret Peterson of the United States, celebrates his Olympic silver medal in the men's freestyle aerials final at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Utah police say Peterson has killed himself in an isolated canyon. The Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake said...

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Olympian Peterson Commits Suicide 

The Unified Police Department in Salt Lake County, Utah confirms they are investigating the death of U.S. aerial freestyle skier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. Officials say the Olympian took his own life Monday night. Peterson was found dead at about 9:30 p.m. Monday from a self-inflicted...

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Hucks Poll: Most Know Suicide Victim 

Tuesday Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation has had someone close commit suicide. 72 of 130 respondents (55.38%) said someone close to them has committed suicide. 58 of 130 respondents said no one close to them have committed suicide. Today's Question: Now that barbecue...

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Poll: States Should Handle Wolves 

Monday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation votes that the states of Idaho and Washington should manage their wolf population. 112 of 178 respondents (62.92%) said states should handle the problem. 37 of 178 respondents (29.79%) would like environmentalists to be in charge of wolf management. 11...

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INW: Cobain Died 17 Years Ago 

Kurt Cobain and NIrvana brought Grunge to the Spokane Colisuem on Jan. 6, 1994 and 3 months and two days later Cobain was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home. In other words, this is the 17th anniversary of Cobain's suicide....

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

Ex-Con Holds Board A Gunpoint 

In this image taken from video and released by WJHG-TV, Clay A. Duke points a hand gun at Bay City school board members and staff Tuesday. Duke, a 56-year-old ex-convict, calmly held the school board at gunpoint and said he was seeking redress for his...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.