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Unconstitutional Chalking

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Chalking cars is a police practice that I can personally attest to as being at least 30+ years old. I remember getting warned about it in my youth when I visited Richmond, Kentucky. And, I must admit to coming out every so often, in different towns in different States, to find one of my my car’s tire marked. I never got tagged with a ticket from the marked tires which I guess means I was always one of the lucky ones who got back to my car in time.
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, chalking is a long hallowed practice of many a police departments’ traffic enforcement division. Broad Street has a two hour limit on parking. Traffic officers travel down the street every so often and mark the tires of cars parked on the street with chalk. Then they come back two hours later and if your car is still parked there with chalk on its tire you get a ticket.
It’s actually the better of the two traditional options for controlling parking. The other is control thru annoyance by using parking meters. Nobody likes meters. If there’s a meter, the person parking downtown has to bring quarters with her and run out to her car every hour or so to put another one in. Conversely, the in-town businessmen who want to limit parking duration so that the spaces will open every so often for their next customer don’t want someone not stopping at their store because they don’t have a quarter for the meter. Of course, the fact that the meter puts a big red “EXPIRED” after the time has run out makes life easier for traffic enforcement and the same amount of enforcement probably ends up with more tickets.
But, it looks like meters may be the default solution from here on out – at least in the Sixth Federal Circuit. In Taylor v. Saginaw, a scofflaw got tired of paying her tickets. She sued Saginaw for violating her civil rights by marking her car’s tires with chalk and then using that mark to charge her with parking violations. For some reason, this burning issue made it to the federal court of appeals and they agreed with her.
Personally, I think the 6thCircuit got the constitutional analysis right. Chalking the tire of a car is a trespass upon the chattels of the car owner and it’s done to reveal information that otherwise would be unknown. Therefore, police ought not to be doing it without a search warrant (or at the very least probable cause). Saginaw’s arguments in favor of allowing officers to do it were that chalking was allowed under the automobile exception and/or community caretaker exception. They lost the automobile argument because it’s based on the fact that cars are mobile and the entire point of chalking a car is to prove it wasn’t mobile. As well, there really isn’t any immediate harm to the community which chalking is designed to protect against. Strangely, the one argument I think might have had some teeth, relying on the administrative search exception, was abandoned by Saginaw in the court of appeals; I can only imagine that case law must not have been favorable.
Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan can no longer use chalking. Huzzah! Hooray!
Or maybe not. All a locality has to do is avoid touching the car and it can continue its ongoing battle with those who hog parking spaces.
The old fashioned solution to this is to put meters up everywhere. As pointed out above, meters suck and don’t make anyone happy except the bean counters downtown who now have a new revenue stream. As best I can find on the internet (which must mean it’s true) a reasonable cost for a single space meter is less than $500 assuming the locality buys the sane version instead of the crazed upsell monstrosities. The investment is probably made up within two years and then, assuming your cityis the typical poorly designed failure without adequate parking, becomes a wonderful profit stream. It punishes your citizens and almost surely hurts your businesses (after all, there’s free parking at the shopping center outside town), but it provides a profit stream for the government.
However, assuming you have people in your city government who care about their citizens and only want to make parking work, there are other solutions in the modern world. In particular, license plate scanners should make this process even easier for officers. Instead of getting out of their vehicles to chalk a car or using a long stick with a piece of chalk on its end to do the same thing while remaining seated, the traffic control officer simply drives down the street every thirty minutes with the scanner getting the plate of every car. Software in the police car pings every time a car has been there for over the allowed time. Heck, if the system is even halfway sophisticated it can do what the toll systems do nowadays and simply report all the miscreants to some central computer so that tickets can be mailed to them later. The officer doesn’t even have to stop. Personally, I think they should; a ticket on the window has a more immediate deterrent effect than a ticket in the mail a month later. Even then, the computer could print the ticket out automatically so the officer only has to spend a few seconds stepping out and putting it on the car. It’s a better system; it just costs a lot more money than chalk.
If the locality doesn’t want to spend the money to put a license plate scanning system in its parking enforcement vehicles, it could simply buy each officer a cheap cell phone and have them take pics of the street with the time and date turned on so they’re burned into the picture and then come back later to check to see if the same cars are there after the time limit has run. Simple. Effective. Cheap.
So, this weird little opinion shouldn’t change things all that much. You’ll still get parking tickets. You just won’t be subject to the grave injustice of having a chalk mark on your tire.
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Mandy Gunasekara: Democrats should back Trump’s move to pull out of the failed Paris climate accord

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This week, Democrats in the House of Representatives will vote on a bill (H.R. 9) intended to prevent President Trump from withdrawing from the Paris climate accord. The legislation would also force the president to develop a plan for implementation — an endeavor even the Obama administration failed to accomplish — and would prevent any funds from being spent on withdrawal activities, which at this point amounts to a whopping 55 cents. That’s the cost of sending one letter from the White House to the United Nation’s Secretary-General in New York.

Trump understood that the Paris climate accord was a bad deal for the American people. It gave major polluters like China and India a free pass while locking in the last administration’s economically ruinous regulations that would have cost millions of jobs and undercut our recent economic success. Even more alarming is that all of those lost jobs would be sent overseas to countries that don’t use basic pollution control technology American industrial operators have been using for decades.

Since the president’s Rose Garden announcement that the United States would exit this disastrous deal, the lack of environmental progress from the nations that remain only further vindicates his decision. China’s carbon emissions in 2017 wiped out U.S. reductions more than threefold, and last year grew even faster. In 2017, India saw emissions rise nearly 5 percent with the growth split evenly between power and other sectors such as transport and industry.

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According to a 2018 report, as the president predicted, all EU countries are off target in reaching initial Paris commitments and have failed to adjust domestic policies to meaningfully advance them.  After spending $580 billion on renewable subsidies, Germany has had no meaningful carbon emissions reductions.

The country has attempted to fix the numbers in their favor claiming emissions have fallen by 28 percent since 1990, but the bulk of those reductions occurred because of the collapse of East German industry after reunification, not their massive subsidization of renewables that has increased their citizens electricity rates by 50 percent.

Where the Paris climate accord’s words have failed, American innovation, our free-market system and President Trump continue to deliver.

Meanwhile, the United States continues to lead the world in greenhouse gas emissions reductions while growing our economy to historic heights.  While emissions ticked up slightly in 2018 due to President Trump’s more than magical economy, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts emissions will continue to decrease in 2019 and 2020. According to the International Energy Agency, U.S. overall reductions represent the “largest absolute decline among all countries since 2000.”

Any country that truly wishes to address climate in an economically beneficial way — such as creating five million jobs and over 3 percent GDP growth — should stop wasting their time with the empty and ineffective words of the Paris climate accord. Instead, they should seek to replicate U.S. actions. A key part of the president’s energy dominance agenda is sharing American energy expertise and innovative technologies with any country willing to constructively engage.

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During the floor discussion of H.R. 9 we will undoubtedly see that Democrats hate the president so much they are unwilling to recognize any of his achievements even when those achievements align with their party’s traditional goals. We have the cleanest air on record, are reinvesting in clean water infrastructure, have created millions of jobs, including 20,000 manufacturing jobs a month, and lead the world in greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Unfortunately, in the eyes of today’s Democrats, none of these counts because they have all occurred under the leadership of President Trump.

Where the Paris climate accord’s words have failed, American innovation, our free-market system and President Trump continue to deliver. Democrats who truly wish to address climate and create jobs should spend more time working with the Trump administration instead of trying to undermine its every move. Then, we could work together expanding U.S. environmental exceptionalism by finally getting the rest of the world to catch up.

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ESPN The Magazine to cease regular publication in September after 21-year run

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After more than two decades on newsstands, ESPN The Magazine will soon cease to exist — in a traditional printed format, anyways.

ESPN said in a statement Tuesday that it will stop publishing its flagship magazine in September, ending its 21-year run as one of the most popular sports magazines on the market. 

The company said the September release of “The Body Issue” will be its last, though it will “explore releasing tentpole collections such as Body” in print in the future.

“Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this requires ESPN to evolve as well,” ESPN said in its statement. “The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail.”

The first edition of ESPN The Magazine was published in 1998, more than 40 years after Sports Illustrated — the other prominent sports magazine in circulation — first hit newsstands. But Sports Business Journal reported the magazine has lost money annually for ESPN in recent years, as readers have more frequently turned to its website.

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Schiff says he’ll send a criminal referral to DOJ for Erik Prince over alleged false statements to Congress

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that he will send a criminal referral Tuesday to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, whom he alleged gave false testimony to his panel over his 2016 meeting with a Russian banker with ties to President Vladimir Putin in Seychelles.

Schiff, D-Calif., at a Washington Post Live panel on Tuesday, claimed Prince misled members of the committee when he appeared in 2017.

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“I do believe that there is very strong evidence that he willingly misled the committee and willingly made false statements to the committee,” Schiff told “The Washington Post’s” Bob Costa on Tuesday.

“The evidence is so weighty that the Justice Department needs to consider this. His testimony, which I can discuss because it is public record, was that his meeting in Seychelles with this Russian banker was purely by chance. He just happened to go to Seychelles for about a day and have a chance meeting with the Russian banker.”

Prince, the founder of the private military contractor Blackwater, and the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, testified in 2017 that the meeting with the Russian banker was a chance encounter. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that the meeting was set up ahead of time.

“We know from the Mueller report that this was not a chance meeting,” Schiff said Tuesday. “We know there were communications after he returned.”

Schiff added that Prince had “discussions” with former White House adviser Steve Bannon about the meeting before he left, and “communications” after he returned from the meeting.

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“Somehow, mysteriously, magically, the communications between Prince and Bannon have apparently fled their devices,” Schiff said. “In very material ways, I think the evidence strongly suggests that he willingly misled our committee and the Justice Department needs to consider whether there’s a prosecutable case.”

Schiff added that when Bannon appeared before his committee, he “refused to answer almost all of our questions.”

“He said he was not answering questions because the White House asked him not to,” Schiff said.

Schiff was also asked whether his panel felt that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., or his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner gave false testimony.

“I don’t want to comment on any others. We have reached the point of ripeness with Prince’s testimony that we feel it appropriate to refer it,” Schiff said. “I don’t want to comment on any others.”

Schiff’s comments come in the midst of a heated battle between Congress and the White House over subpoenas for former and current officials to testify before House committees leading sweeping Trump-focused probes. Schiff’s panel is currently investigating the president’s finances.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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The Obamas and Netflix Just Revealed The Shows and Films They’re Working On

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Eleven months after striking a deal with Netflix, the Obamas have a slate of programming.

Barack and Michelle Obama’s new production company, Higher Ground Productions, announced seven projects that are in the works for Netflix, including several documentaries and a movie about Frederick Douglass.

The former president and first lady have said that their production company will cover a wide spectrum of programming but there is one thing they apparently have no interest in: Creating third-rail political material. The Obamas are intent on avoiding any material that could inflame tensions at a red hot political moment, particularly as the 2020 presidential election begins to ramp up.

“Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” said Mr. Obama in a statement.

Here’s an early look at the shows and films the Obamas are planning:

■ “American Factory,” a documentary directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert that examines life in Ohio where a Chinese billionaire opened a factory in a former General Motors plant and hired 2,000 people. Higher Ground Productions described it as “early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.”

■ “Bloom,” a drama series set in post-World War II New York that will explore the “barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.” It will be produced by Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise.”

■ A film adaptation of David W. Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” Higher Grounds did not announce a screenwriter or any producers.

■ Adapting a New York Times recurring feature called “Overlooked,” a series of obituaries about people whose deaths were previously not reported by the newspaper. Higher Ground Productions said it would be a scripted anthology series.

■ A nonfiction series adapted from Michael Lewis’s book “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy.”

■ A documentary film, “Crip Camp,” about the origins of the disability rights movement.

■ A half-hour series for preschoolers called “Listen To Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents” that will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Gemma Whelan breastfeeds in character, draws praise for epic Instagram photo

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When she’s not filming epic scenes for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” actress Gemma Whelan — who portrays the fiercely confident Yara Greyjoy of the Iron Islands on the show — is busy fulfilling her duties as a mom.

Whelan, 38, took to Instagram Sunday just before the latest episode of the show’s eighth season began.

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“Enjoy tonight’s episode guys…! Yara’s got some big news,” she wrote alongside a photo that shows her breastfeeding her daughter, whom she gave birth to in 2017, per Elle, while dressed as Yara.

“Bada– mama,” one fan wrote in response.

“A role model,” said another.

“Proud of you mama. Nothing like nursing sessions between battle scenes, I’m sure,” a third wrote.

“You rock,” commented another, while one more called the photo “empowering and beautiful.”

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Whelan, during an appearance on “Good Morning Britain” earlier in April, revealed her daughter was on set “for the whole thing,” referring to the filming of the show’s final season. The actress —  who has taken to Instagram with breastfeeding pictures in the past — noted she would sometimes have to breastfeed while in costume.

“I’m really sort of tied into my armor,” she said. “It’s quite difficult to get to yourself, let’s put it that way.”

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California police department apologizes for tweet calling Rep. Rashida Tlaib 'un-American'

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Hours after being sworn into the House, Rashida Tlaib was heard saying, “We’re gonna impeach” President Trump. Wochit

A California police department says an off-duty employee was behind a tweet reportedly posted April 23 that disparaged Michigan representative Rashida Tlaib, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of California. 

“Nice knowing you! I became bulimic because I vomit every time I hear your BS. You are one of the most un-American person s (sic) I know. You are a disgrace to the office you hold,” read screen grabs of the since-deleted tweet of the Fontana Police Department, which was shared by the Daily Bulletin. 

The tweet also linked to a post made by a right-wing website about Tlaib and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Tlaib has been critical of ICE in the past, tweeting in 2018 that she is proud to stand with the #AbolishICE movement. 

However, Fontana PD later tweeted out an apology, and said that someone had gained access to their account. 

However, the Daily Bulletin reported Wednesday that the department revoked access to the account from the employee linked to the tweet, and a personnel investigation was initiated. 

In a statement given to the Daily Bulletin, the police department called the tweet “an embarrassment.” 

“This careless act does not reflect the values of the men and women that honorably serve our community,” the statement added. 

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The Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Los Angeles Office, Hussam Ayloush, told the Daily Bulletin that their organization condemns the tweet and considers it a hateful and vitriolic attack on a member of Congress. 

“The current trend of normalizing hate speech has emboldened bigots in their speech, as well as in their actions and it is obvious that bigotry exists within the ranks of the Fontana Police Department,” the statement said in part. 

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Kellyanne Conway on Nadler’s threat to arrest White House officials over subpoenas: ‘Congress needs to calm down’

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway is firing back Tuesday against Rep. Jerry Nadler’s apparent threat to arrest or fine members of the Trump Administration if they fail to comply with Congressional subpoenas.

Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a radio interview yesterday that if “someone is in contempt of Congress, you send the Sergeant at Arms and you arrest them” or “you fine him $20,000 a day.” The New York Democrat has issued subpoenas for administration officials and is seeking documents related to Trump’s financial records and the Mueller report – but the president is refusing to play along.

“Are we actually dangling arrests of innocent citizens for not complying with subpoenas?” Conway asked on “America’s Newsroom.” “I think Congress needs to calm down a little bit on this.”

Conway also spoke about a battle Nadler currently is having with Attorney General William Barr, who is slated to appear before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday to testify on the process behind the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But as of Tuesday, it’s unclear whether Barr will actually attend the hearing as the two are locked in a dispute over who will be handling the questioning, sources have told Fox News.

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U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference on April 18 in New York. (AP)

Conway said it’s up to Barr whether or not he wants to testify in front of the House.

“He is certainly testifying [in front of] the Senate so it’s not like he is afraid to answer questions under oath,” she told co-host Bill Hemmer.

“But the harassment of Bill Barr and the disrespect is completely disgraceful to this man who spent his career in public service and in private law practice,” Conway added, referring to criticism from Congressional Democrats over how Barr handled the report’s release.

“I think that people are just mad at Bob Mueller and his investigators for not getting the president in an interview, for shutting down the investigation before those who felt like they should produce the goods got it.”

In regards to Juan Guaido’s call Tuesday for the military to oust embattled Venezuelan ruler Nicolas Maduro, Conway said it’s time for the “madman” to go.

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An opponent to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro returns a tear gas canister in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday. (AP)

“We know Chavez was in power for about 20 years, these things take time – this has gone on for about three months with Juan Guiado. But we support the people of Venezuela and that is why we in the United States have tried to deliver so many supplies just to meet their basic needs,” she said.

“The president has made very clear all around this world that America First is not America alone and that we will stand in the breach when people like the Venezuelans are suffering,” she added.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Losing sense of smell could indicate impending death

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Elderly people with a poor sense of smell have a higher likelihood of dying in the 10 years after testing than those whose sniffers stay sharp.

In a new study, elderly people with a poor sense of smell had a 46 percent higher risk of death 10 years after olfactory abilities were tested, compared to those who passed the smell test. The study also reported that 28 percent of the increased risk of death could be attributed to Parkinson’s, dementia and unintentional weight loss, all of which predict death in their own right and can also affect a person’s sense of smell. [7 Ways the Mind and Body Change With Age]

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But the remaining 72 percent of the risk linking poor sense of smell and death is unexplained and may be due to subtle health conditions that eventually worsen, the authors wrote in the study, published today (April 29) in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

The changes of age

According to the paper, about a quarter of older Americans experience a decline in sense of smell, but this is more likely to go unnoticed compared to loss of sight or hearing. Some studies have linked the decline in sense of smell to risk of death within five years of the decline’s onset, but that research didn’t control for demographics such as sex and race, or health characteristics that might explain the links between sensory loss and death.

In the new study, Michigan State University epidemiologist Honglei Chen and his colleagues used data from the Health ABC study, a long-running study of elderly individuals. (One of the co-authors of the new study, Dr. Jayant Pinto, has received money unrelated to the current study from pharmaceutical companies involved with respiratory allergies and nasal drug delivery.)

Between 1997 and 1998, scientists had recruited about 3,000 older adults, ages 70 to 79, living in Pittsburgh or Memphis, Tennessee for the Health ABC study. Of those individuals, nearly 2,300 completed a smell test at the beginning of the study. In this test, they were asked to identify 12 common smells, and they remained in the study until their deaths or until 2014, whichever came first.

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During the total follow-up period of 13 years, about 1,200 study participants died. The researchers found that those with a poor score on the olfaction test had a 46 percent higher risk of dying by year 10 and a 30 percent higher risk of dying by year 13, compared with those who had a good score. (The stronger association at year 10 compared to year 13 was likely because the participants were already into their 70s and nearing the end of their life spans, the researchers wrote. By year 13, many were dying regardless of their sense of smell or health status early in the study.)

Sense of smell seemed to be a particularly powerful predictor of earlier death for those who were in good health, the researchers wrote. Among participants who said at the beginning of the study that their health was good, poor olfaction was linked to a 62 percent increase in the chance of dying by year 10 compared to good olfaction; it was linked to a 40 percent increase in the chance of dying by year 13.

What’s smell got to do with it?

It’s known that the neurological damage from Parkinson’s disease and dementia can affect a person’s sense of smell, so Chen and his colleagues investigated whether those conditions could explain the link between the nose and death. They also checked the role of weight loss, which could indicate malnutrition.

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Even taking those conditions into account, a poor sense of smell explained 70% of the differences in timing of death. The association held across race and gender, which could make it a powerful tool for quantifying health, the researchers wrote.

“[P]oor olfaction among older adults with excellent to good health may be an early warning sign for insidious adverse health conditions that eventually lead to death,” the researchers wrote.

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Suicides among young people spiked following release of Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why,’ study says

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Suicides among children aged 10 to 17 in the U.S. spiked to a 19-year high in the month following the release of Netflix’s controversial drama series “13 Reasons Why,” according to a new study.

The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, can’t prove the show was the direct cause. However, it said given historical and seasonal suicide trends, there were 195 more youth suicides than would have been expected in the nine months following the March 2017 release of “13 Reasons Why.”

The study, published Monday in the “Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,” stated during April 2017 alone, 190 U.S. tweens and teens took their own lives. Their April 2017 suicide rate was .57 per 100,000 people, nearly 30 percent higher than in the preceding five years included in the study. An additional analysis found that the April rate was higher than in the previous 19 years, said lead author Jeff Bridge, a suicide researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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“The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media,” Lisa Horowitz, a co-author of the study, said in a statement. “All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises.”

Horowitz noted suicide is the second leading cause of death for U.S. teens and called it “a major public health crisis.”

“The creators of the series intentionally portrayed the suicide of the main character. It was a very graphic depiction of the suicide death,” which can trigger suicidal behavior, Bridge told The Associated Press.

Bridge acknowledged that the study’s limitations included not knowing that those who died by taking their own lives had watched the Netflix series. Also, the researchers were not able to account for other factors that might have influenced suicides, like former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez taking his own life on April 19, 2017.

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“13 Reasons Why’s” protagonist Hannah Baker takes her own life at the end of the first season by slitting her wrists while sitting in a bathtub. Following criticism, Netflix added warning messages before episodes and created a website with crisis hotlines and other resources. The second season of the show came under scrutiny as well following a graphic sexual assault scene. The third season of the show is slated to be released this year.

A Netflix rep told the AP the new study conflicted with University of Pennsylvania research published last week that found fewer suicidal thoughts among young adults who watched the entire second season than among non-viewers.

Netflix did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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