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Producers want to film an episode of “Fact or Faked,” which would examine a tourist’s 2008 claim that he filmed a ghostly image of a boy running through the cemetery.

Acting City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney and Jerry Flemming, director of cemeteries, said they’re following city policy on the use of cemeteries.

“The municipal cemeteries are not for sensational or entertainment purposes. Any tours or events marketed as haunted, paranormal, or involving ghosts, spiritualists or mediums are strictly prohibited from any of the municipal cemeteries,” the policy states.

Other city officials agreed that the sanctity of the cemetery and the respect owed to the deceased and their families have to be considered.


Study: Errors lead surgeons to contemplate suicide

CHICAGO | Surgeons contemplating suicide is the subject of a study published this week.

The results suggest that these self-destructive thoughts may result from medical errors, job burnout and depression. The study also found that surgeons contemplate suicide at higher rates than the general public, and they’re less likely to seek help.

According to the study, fear of losing their jobs contributes to surgeons’ reluctance to get mental health treatment.

About 6 percent reported recent suicidal thoughts; depression, medical errors and burnout were more common among those with suicidal thoughts than those without.

Among the general population, about 3 percent have suicidal thoughts.

The study involved nearly 8,000 surgeons. It appears in the January issue of Archives of Surgery.


No-show won’t deter Poe fans from yearly rite

BALTIMORE | Fans of American author Edgar Allan Poe are heading to Baltimore again this year to try for a glimpse of the shadowy figure known only as the “Poe toaster” even though the mystery visitor was a no-show last year.

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