Too Many Eyes In The Sky?

A media furor erupts after L.A.'s competitive local stations capture a suicide--live on television

The TV camera pulls back for a moment for an aerial view of an expanse of freeway, bereft of cars for some distance before it is clogged in unmoving afternoon traffic, waiting for a drama to conclude. And it does, quickly and bloodily. As hundreds wait and thousands watch at home, connected to the scene by Los Angeles' ubiquitous TV newschoppers, Daniel Jones, 40, a Long Beach maintenance worker, acts out his made-for-TV theatrics. He has spread out a banner for the helicopters to see: HMOS ARE IN IT FOR THE MONEY!! LIVE FREE, LOVE SAFE OR DIE. And then, retreating...

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