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Family–Supported Suicide and the Duty to Die

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first_imgFirst Things 20 March 2015In 1991, my friend Frances invited me to a “going away party.” She wasn’t moving or going on vacation. Frances wanted her closest friends to come to her home, to tell her how much she meant to us, and to hold her hand as she committed suicide.We refused. Validating Frances’s suicide was unthinkable. We supported her life, not her death.After an intervention, she called the suicide off. But Frances was in the thrall of the then–nascent “death with dignity” movement. A year later, having been diagnosed with treatable leukemia, she paid a cousin to accompany her to a hotel where she took a lethal overdose and placed a plastic bag over her head—following instructions published in the Hemlock Quarterly. (Frances’s suicide became the subject of my first anti-euthanasia column, published by Newsweek in 1993.)Times have changed. It is increasingly common for friends and family to support—and even to attend—the suicides of their ill, disabled, or despairing loved ones. Brittany Maynard’s husband and mother, for instance, fully backed her assisted suicide and are now on the advocacy circuit promoting its legalization.Maynard’s case is hardly unique. When English teenager Daniel James was paralyzed playing rugby, he became distraught and suicidal. In 2008, his parents flew him to a Swiss suicide clinic. They later defended their participation in his death as an act of love, telling the media that their son “was not prepared to live what he felt was a second-class existence.”In Belgium, elderly couples have been euthanized together because they would rather die than face future widowhood. Astonishingly, these joint killings have been supported by family and friends. In one reported case, the death doctor was procured by the couple’s son—even though his folks were not ill. Similarly, the English conductor Sir Edward Downes died with his cancer-stricken wife Joan at a Swiss suicide clinic, a decision quickly endorsed in the media by their children.Most recently, NPR-syndicated radio personality Diane Rehm very publicly supported her husband John’s suicide by self-starvation—a process known in euthanasia advocacy as (voluntary stopping eating and drinking). She told the New York Times that they had made a pact to help the other die if suffering seriously with a terminal illness. (John had Parkinson’s disease.) “There was no question but that I would support him and honor whatever choice he would make,”she said. “As painful as it was, it was his wish.” Rehm, like Maynard’s family, is now using her experience as an argument in favor of assisted-suicide legalization.Is it right or wrong to support a loved one’s suicide? This seems to be one of those issues, increasingly prevalent in our society, about which debate is not possible: The answer depends on one’s overarching worldview. Some will believe that their duty is to support their family member’s choice, come what may. Others, including this writer, believe that supporting suicide is an abandonment that validates loved ones’ worst fears about themselves—that they are a burden, unworthy of love, or truly better off dead.http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/family-supported-suicide-and-the-duty-to-dielast_img read more

Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Best starting pitchers, streamers for Thursday, June 13

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first_imgMORE THURSDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Thursday, June 13Updated wRC+ stats coming soonRankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Matthew [email protected] Royals73 (T-27th)N/A$10,500$10,7002Zack [email protected] NationalsN/A88 (T-20th)$9,500$9,3003Jacob deGromMetsvs. CardinalsN/A94 (T-15th)$10,200$10,4004David PriceRed Soxvs. Rangers87 (T-21st)N/A$9,800$9,7005Clayton KershawDodgersvs. Cubs103 (T-10th)N/A$10,400$10,1006Marcus StromanBlue [email protected] OriolesN/A84 (T-23rd)$7,200$7,6007Jon [email protected] Dodgers104 (9th)N/A$7,700$7,8008Jack [email protected] MetsN/A97 (13th)$7,900$7,3009Erick FeddeNationalsvs. D-backsN/A88 (T-20th)$6,000$6,40010J.A. [email protected] White Sox92 (T-16th)N/A$8,800$8,70011Ryan YarbroughRaysvs. Angels102 (12th)N/A$6,900$6,80012Julio TeheranBravesvs. PiratesN/A96 (14th)$8,600$10,80013Tyler [email protected] Rays101 (13th)N/A$7,800$8,20014Joe [email protected] BravesN/A103 (T-11th)$8,300$6,00015Michael PinedaTwinsvs. MarinersN/A111 (7th)$7,000$9,00016Homer BaileyRoyalsvs. TigersN/A76 (T-29th)$6,700$5,20017Matt [email protected] Rockies86 (23rd)N/A$9,900$9,20018Jon GrayRockiesvs. PadresN/A83 (25th)$7,500$8,30019Yusei [email protected] Twins131 (1st)N/A$6,300$5,10020Gabriel YnoaOriolesvs. Blue JaysN/A76 (T-29th$5,600$5,40021Adrian [email protected] Red SoxN/A107 (T-9th)$8,000$7,10022Ivan NovaWhite Soxvs. YankeesN/A115 (T-3rd)$6,200$4,400wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNJon Lester (@ Dodgers) and Matt Strahm (@ Rockies) are obvious fades given the matchups/parks, but both have enough talent to come through in GPPs.Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports. With only two afternoon games, it’s a fairly large Thursday main MLB DFS slate tonight. As a result, our SP rankings are deeper than usual for a Thursday, and there are some surprising value sleepers on both FanDuel and DraftKings.Our top five are particularly solid, though all cost a premium. If you’re looking to pay down, Marcus Stroman (@ Orioles) and Jack Flaherty (@ Mets) both have high upsides and fair prices, and Ryan Yarbrough (vs. Angels) is a boom-or-bust option at an affordable price who works well in GPPs. Erick Fedde (vs. D-backs) has a relatively low ceiling, but with his rock-bottom price, he’s not a bad option, especially as an SP2 on DraftKings.last_img read more

College football schedule Week 14: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores for top 25

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first_imgTrevor Lawrence let this one fly 😲 pic.twitter.com/IA1pRnVeGm— ESPN (@espn) November 30, 201912:24 p.m.: Michigan is going to have a long day if it doesn’t figure out how to handle J.K. Dobbins.All @Jkdobbins22 on this [email protected] finds the end zone on their first possession of the game. 🌰🔥Sponsored by @exxonmobil pic.twitter.com/anpYVuBtAp— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 201912:19 p.m.: South Carolina’s playing tough defense early.🚨 SOUTH CAROLINA STOPS CLEMSON ON 4TH AND GOAL 🚨 pic.twitter.com/MvSYSml3Kd— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 30, 201912:15 p.m.: Michigan out on the board first!7 plays, 75 yards. @UMichFootball marches down the field for the first touchdown of the game!Sponsored by @exxonmobil pic.twitter.com/NWoueEhw2f— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 2019 Yes, there are games that will impact the College Football Playoff race, such as ranked meetings in The Game, Iron Bowl and Bedlam. But this extends beyond the postseason: Winners of Friday and Saturday’s top-25 games can count the season as a success with just a single victory over their rivals.Highlights from this week’s games include the top-10 showdown between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan and ranked matchups between No. 5 Alabama and No. 16 Auburn and No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 21 Oklahoma State. Other notable games include the Big Ten West-deciding game between No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 9 Minnesota and arguably the top Group of 5 game of the year in No. 18 Cincinnati at No. 17 Memphis.Here’s how you can tune in and watch it all:WEEK 14 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadCollege football schedule Week 14: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for Saturday’s Week 14 top-25 college football games, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Saturday, Nov. 30GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 13 MichiganNoonFox, fuboTVNo. 3 Clemson vs. South CarolinaNoonESPNNo. 4 Georgia vs. Georgia TechNoonABCNo. 5 Alabama vs. No. 15 Auburn3:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRutgers vs. No. 10 Penn State3:30 p.m.Big Ten Network, fuboTVNo. 12 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Minnesota3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 14 Baylor vs. Kansas3:30 p.m.ESPNOregon State vs. No. 14 Oregon4 p.m.Pac-12 Network, fuboTVNo. 16 Notre Dame vs. Stanford4 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTulane vs. No. 25 SMU4 p.m.ESPNUTexas A&M vs. No. 2 LSU7 p.m.ESPNNo. 23 Iowa State vs. Kansas State7 p.m.FS1, fuboTVColorado vs. No. 6 Utah7:30 p.m.ABCFlorida State vs. No. 11 Florida7:30 p.m.SEC NetworkNo. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State8 p.m.Fox, fuboTVHow to watch, live stream college football gamesThe Week 14 games involving ranked teams will be televised live on national TV, with games appearing on ESPN, ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, FOX, Fox Sports 1, NBC, ESPNU and ESPN+, as well as conference-focused channels such as the SEC Network and Big Ten Network.College football scores Week 14GameVirginia 39, No. 23 Virginia Tech 30No. 19 Iowa 27, Nebraska 24No. 17 Memphis 34 No. 18 Cincinnati 24No. 20 Boise State 31, Colorado State 24No. 22 Appalachian State 48, Troy 13No. 2 Ohio State 56, No. 10 Michigan 27No. 3 Clemson 38, South Carolina 3No. 4 Georgia 52, Georgia Tech 7No. 5 Alabama at No. 16 AuburnNo. 13 Wisconsin at No. 9 MinnesotaNo. 11 Baylor at KansasRutgers at No. 12 Penn StateOregon State at No. 14 OregonNo. 15 Notre Dame at StanfordTexas A&M at No. 1 LSUNo. 24 Navy at HoustonColorado at No. 6 UtahFlorida State at No. 8 FloridaNo. 7 Oklahoma at No. 21 Oklahoma StateWeek 14 college football highlights(All times Eastern)6:11 p.m.: Another massive play in the Iron Bowl. With Alabama striking, it’s Auburn that scores off of a 100-yard interception return.HOW DID THIS JUST HAPPEN!???!?!?! pic.twitter.com/lyJ2tkj465— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 30, 20195:36 p.m.: Notre Dame is back to take the lead over Stanford on the road. Chase Claypool went ALL THE WAY UP for this @NDFootball TD 🙌 pic.twitter.com/gdEnlRHakg— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 20195:19 p.m.: Back and forth we go. Jaylen Waddle finds the end zone yet again for what’s been an explosive first half. Jaylen Waddle probably ran for this touchdown faster than the time it took to type out this tweet. pic.twitter.com/sQr2SrCBlL— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 30, 20195:14 p.m.: Auburn ties it up shortly before halftime with a beautiful catch. Sal Cannella. Bo Nix.This is pretty much a perfect play. pic.twitter.com/gaOrcGaoJn— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 30, 20195:08 p.m.: Alabama vs. Auburn is providing plenty of action. Crimson Tide have tied it back up at 17. Jaylen.Waddle.🤯pic.twitter.com/Rym08EZhL0— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 30, 20194:31 p.m.: Alabama regains the lead with an 8-yard rush from Najee Harris. “Najee Harris does what Najee Harris does.” pic.twitter.com/coyn0kDKmm— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 30, 20194:13 p.m.: Auburn has its first points of the day to take the lead over Alabama. Bo Nix reaches the end zone on the quarterback keeper.Nix for six. pic.twitter.com/IT7W5Ade5R— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 30, 20193:50 p.m.: Minnesota is out to an early 7-0 lead over Wisconsin. It’s gross out there in Minneapolis.Someone forgot to tell @GopherFootball’s lethal pass-catch duo. pic.twitter.com/v5QSMvzkV6— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 30, 20192:57 p.m.: Michigan inching closer, but they’ll need to get a stop or two on defense to really get back in this.Wolverines go wildcat to make it 42-27 after a successful 2-point conversion! pic.twitter.com/0wcn8YMNkG— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 20192:39 p.m.: Michigan turned the muffed punt into three points. Not ideal but better than giving up another score.〽️ @UMichFootball catches a break!Garrett Wilson muffs the punt and the Wolverines take over. pic.twitter.com/fwPBKyJYXJ— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 20192:34 p.m.: Here’s how Ohio State’s day is going: Justin Fields goes down with an injury; later in the drive, on his first play back, he hits Garrett Wilson for a touchdown.Justin Fields walked off the field under his own power after suffering an apparent leg injury pic.twitter.com/UNEdAcALcJ— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 2019Justin Fields scrambles and throws a 30-yard TD in his first play after returning from an apparent knee injury. @OhioStateFB fans, you can breathe now 😅 pic.twitter.com/3jCQp6Cssv— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 20192:16 p.m.: It’s becoming less and less competitive. Wolverines need to score and steal a couple of drives away from the Buckeyes.KJ Hill gets in on the [email protected] leads Michigan 36-15 early in the second half. pic.twitter.com/IXkb6sKGNf— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 20191:41 p.m.: These are the types of plays that can decide a game. Michigan ends up going with the field goal on fourth down to make it 28-13 heading into halftime.So close. Wow. pic.twitter.com/SzTKNYOIRw— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 30, 20191:27 p.m.: Dobbins scores his third touchdown of the half after Michigan gives Ohio State another set of downs; Wolverines jumped offsides on a punt.Not 1, Not 2…@Jkdobbins22 scores his THIRD TD of the first half for @OhioStateFB. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/oncJIczgoV— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 20191:11 p.m.: Tough break for Shea Patterson; Michigan needed a score here. Now Michigan needs a [email protected] recovers the Shea Patterson red zone fumble. pic.twitter.com/ohJejdwa5T— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 20191:11 p.m.: J.K.’s having himself a day to make it 21-13.🗣 J.K. ALL [email protected] takes a 21-13 lead thanks to @Jkdobbins22’s 2nd rushing TD of the day. pic.twitter.com/raWGxpprjX— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 201912:55 p.m.: It’s turning into a bit of an aerial battle in The Big House. Shea Patterson finds Donovan Peoples-Jones for a wide-open touchdown to make cut Ohio State’s lead to 14-13.〽️ @UMichFootball [email protected] finds himself wide open in the middle of the field to get his first TD of the day. pic.twitter.com/9zCqSLpOfs— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 201912:50 p.m.: Ohio State can pass the ball too. Just ask Justin Fields and Chris Olave.Justin Fields hits Chris Olave in [email protected] takes a 14-6 lead over Michigan. pic.twitter.com/rcLIbIQFii— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 30, 201912:45 p.m.: Clemson ahead comfortably with this long touchdown from Trevor Lawrence. The single-most important slate of games of the college football season is here: Rivalry Week.MORE: Watch NCAA football games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)last_img read more

DONEGAL COMMUTERS FORCED TO ABANDON BUS AFTER SMOKE INCIDENT

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first_imgA number of commuters were forced to evacuate a bus from Donegal to Dublin yesterday.The John McGinley bus was traveling close to Monaghan when the incident happened.An eye-witness revealed how smoke began to come from the bus. The driver immediately summoned people off the bus to the side of the road.A new bus was then arranged to complete the remainder of the journey to Dublin.Nobody was hurt during the incident.    DONEGAL COMMUTERS FORCED TO ABANDON BUS AFTER SMOKE INCIDENT was last modified: July 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John McGinley buseslast_img read more