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Teen's note mentioned Columbine, court told

A note found under the bed of the 15-year-old boy accused of wounding six classmates at his high school in May referred to his "brothers and sisters" in the Columbine High School group, the Trench Coat Mafia, an investigator testified Monday.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Gary Nicholson said the handwritten note in a notebook was found along with three typewritten sheets of bomb-making instructions taken from the Internet.

"One big question I leave behind for you to find is why," said the note, read during a juvenile court hearing for Anthony "T.J." Solomon. "But for the sake of my brothers and sisters related to the Trench Coat Mafia, those answers will have to remain out of the public eye."

On the back of the note, Nicholson said, Solomon wrote: "I am laughing at the victims who are getting down on their knees screaming, "Please, dear God, please don't let this crooked . . . (obscenity deleted) murder me.' "

The two student gunmen who killed 13 people and then themselves at Columbine High in Littleton, Colo., on April 20 were members of the Trench Coat Mafia, a group of students who shared a predilection for Goth culture.

This is the first time a connection has been raised between Solomon and Columbine.

The hearing is to determine whether Solomon should be tried as an adult. Solomon faces 21 charges in the May 20 shootings at Heritage High School. He could be sentenced to five years in detention if the judge keeps the case in juvenile court.

Solomon's note said he had planned the shootings for years but finally got angry enough to do it. "This has nothing to do with Hitler," it said, "and it is not because I was picked on."


study offers women hope

Some women who take antidepressants find themselves forced to make a difficult choice: treat their depression or enjoy a satisfying sex life. Sexual dysfunction is a common side effect of antidepressant treatment, and some women end up deciding that taking the drugs is just not worth it.

Now, a study of nine women suggests that sildenafil citrate, marketed as Viagra, can help some women taking the antidepressants recover the romantic side of their lives. The drug restored sexual response in all nine subjects, according to the study, which appears in August's Psychiatric Services. Before they began taking Viagra, the women had no orgasms or only reduced orgasms.

Earlier studies have found that Viagra is effective in treating sexual response problems in men who are taking antidepressants. The latest study is very small, but it offers some hope that sildenafil may also be effective for women.

Dr. H. George Nurnberg, vice chairman of clinical psychiatry programs at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, said Viagra might work by enhancing the blood flow that triggers sexual response.

In the study, the nine women took sildenafil one hour before they engaged in sexual activity. All nine reported a reversal of sexual dysfunction, usually after the first dose. A 50-milligram dose worked for seven patients; two patients required a 100-milligram dose.

The findings, the researchers said, should be viewed as preliminary, because the sample size was so small.