December 17, 2004
DURING THE first few days in the case of the confiscated scissors, we were solidly behind Porsche Brown and her mother. Their anger-laced accusations that Porsche, a 10-year-old fourth-grader, had been mistreated after a pair of 8-inch scissors were found in her school bag - handcuffed, put in the back of a police wagon, put in a holding cell - were right on target. The police clearly overreacted. But several things have happened since to temper us. Police and school officials apologized and promised to re-evaluate how such cases should be handled.
December 17, 2004 |
OVER THE last three months, 20 students have used pointed metal scissors as weapons to assault or attempt or threaten to assault other students - 18 of whom were under the age of 14. On Oct. 15, a first-grade male student struck a classmate under the eye with metal scissors, causing a cut and bleeding. On Dec. 10, an eighth-grade female student threatened to throw bleach on a classmate. A search of her locker revealed a container of bleach and a pair of large metal pointed scissors.
November 30, 2007 |
A 10th-grade student was seriously injured yesterday afternoon in a stabbing at Bensalem High School that resulted in a lengthy lockdown, officials said. About 1:30 p.m. the student emerged from a first-floor bathroom with a pair of scissors embedded in his stomach, said Fred Harran, the township public-safety director. The student, whose name was withheld, was taken to Frankford-Torresdale Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery. The school was locked down for two hours and 20 minutes, Harran said.
July 31, 2012
Chester County authorities charged a 46-year-old man on Monday with killing a Coatesville resident late Friday by stabbing him multiple times with scissors. Damon Wylie, whose last known address also was in Coatesville, was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bail, the District Attorney's Office said. An eyewitness told police that Wylie stabbed Marcus Miles, 41, after an altercation. Bloody scissors were found at the scene. After a manhunt and reports of sightings, Wylie was tracked down at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, where he was being treated for injuries "consistent" with "using scissors as a weapon.
October 27, 2006 |
By all accounts - or at least by the accounts on the back cover - Augusten Burroughs' best-selling 2002 memoir, Running With Scissors, is "funny and rich," "funny as it is twisted," "insanely funny," "mordantly funny" and "ridiculously funny. " Alas, something happened on the book-to-screen operating table: Yes, Running With Scissors is rich, twisted, insane, mordant and ridiculous, but it is not funny. Not at all. This film, which marks the debut of Nip/Tuck writer-director Ryan Murphy, is like The Royal Tenenbaums without laughs (and without Gene Hackman as the charismatic, crackpot patriarch - the estimable Brian Cox gets that assignment)
June 12, 2010 |
A Germantown man was charged Friday with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a fellow passenger on the Broad Street Line multiple times with scissors, authorities said. Police said Sheldon Mullings, 36, was on a southbound train Thursday afternoon when a South Philadelphia man boarded at Snyder Avenue. Without provocation, Mullings pulled out the scissors and attacked, thrusting the blades into the man's abdomen, back, face, and arms, said Capt. Larry Nodiff of South Detectives.
July 30, 1993 |
April, 8, is happiest when she's creating artwork. Taking a sheet of paper, she folds it, draws a picture, and adds a written message for a holiday or just for fun. Her teacher told her foster mother that April could stay busy and interested all day if it involved crayons and scissors. Getting her to do her schoolwork was a little more of a struggle, but she did very well in her final marking period. Her grades in reading, phonics, spelling, social studies and math were A's, with just a few "needs improvements.
September 27, 2006 |
She's big in Brussels. She's huge in Bruges. But despite her avid fan base in Belgium, singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny, born in Germantown and raised in Norristown, has had a hard time gaining an earhold in her own country. That may change with yesterday's release of the soundtrack to the film Running With Scissors. It contains Feeny's haunting song "Mr. Blue," which also will be featured in an episode of Fox's The O.C. "Mr. Blue" stands out on the Scissors soundtrack like an iPod in an antiques store.
October 4, 2004 |
Urban neighborhoods once had many vendors peddling their wares. Taking advantage of every pleasant day, they hawked their goods throughout the streets of Camden and Philadelphia. Some parked their carts at favorable corners, while others took more peripatetic paths in pursuit of profits. From their heavily laden, two-wheeled carts, hardy vendors sold many of the necessities of city life. Some offered fresh fish or fruit and vegetables. Others followed the seasons with items such as children's clothing, dry goods, or needles and thread in time for the back-to-school season.