February 2, 2013
Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor. The 45-year-old Vizquel played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season, finishing up his 24-year major-league career with 2,877 hits. The three-time all-star won 11 Gold Gloves. Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program. The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.
October 1, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man accused of helping to recruit and finance U.S. fighters for an overseas terror group heads to trial Monday in a case that's expected to show how some young Somalian expatriates in Minneapolis were persuaded to risk their lives for insurgents back home. Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces five terror-related counts as part of an investigation into recruiting by al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group linked to al-Qaeda at the center of much of the violence in Somalia.
July 20, 2012
Egypt's former spy chief Omar Suleiman, 76, one of the most trusted advisers of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and a key CIA partner in the Middle East, died Thursday in the United States, the Egyptian government said. The state-run Middle East News Agency said that Mr. Suleiman had suffered from lung and heart problems and that his condition had sharply deteriorated over the last three weeks. He was being treated at a hospital in Cleveland. Mr. Suleiman was closely associated in the minds of many Egyptians with Mubarak's iron-fisted rule.
June 7, 2012 |
As world-music bills go, Tuesday's double-headliner at Union Transfer — pairing the Cambodian American band Dengue Fever of Los Angeles and northeastern Syria's electro-street-pop/ethno-party-jam vocalist Omar Souleyman — held promise. But groundbreaking? Or even, perhaps, Philadelphia's best onstage international mash-up of the year? Unexpected — yet it happened when the two acts joined forces for a spell. Both artists have wowed Philly before. Souleyman, the dabke genre master who has sung in Arabic and Kurdish on more than 600 releases (mostly cassettes)
April 25, 2012 |
This must the be the Golden Age for baseball senior citizens. Jamie Moyer is turning back the clock in Colorado and Omar Vizquel, who turned 45 on Tuesday, started a pair of double plays at second base for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Now in his 24th major-league season, Vizquel made his debut on April 3, 1989. George H.W. Bush was barely two months into his presidency, Rain Man was the No. 1 movie at the box office and future author Jose Canseco was the reigning American League MVP. Vizquel, a native of Venezuela has played in four different decades with six different teams, has 11 Gold Gloves, 2,842 career hits and is a three-time all-star.
August 3, 2011
Sharif Omar, 32, has been appointed chief executive officer of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, effective immediately, the hospital announced today. He has been chief operating officer since 2009 and interim CEO since March. A new COO is to be announced shortly. Omar replaces John Kirby, who left to take another job. Omar had previously worked in administrative positions at Tulane University Hospital & Clinic and Southwest Medical Center and at Medical Partners International.
July 27, 2011 |
The Eagles are not pursuing their 15 free agents as NFL business resumes, and will almost certainly not bring any of them back, including starters such as linebacker Stewart Bradley and punter Sav Rocca and backup running back Jerome Harrison. Safety Quintin Mikell, long expected to depart, agreed to a deal Tuesday with the St. Louis Rams. Kicker David Akers also has been expected to leave ever since the Eagles drafted kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round. Other free agents expected to be allowed to depart include cornerback Dimitri Patterson, guards Nick Cole, Max Jean-Gilles and Reggie Wells, and linebackers Ernie Sims, Omar Gaither and Akeem Jordan.
June 10, 2011 |
CANASTOTA, N.Y. - Mexican icon Julio Cesar Chavez was one proud papa when the older of the two sons following in his pugilistic footsteps, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., won his first world championship last weekend by dethroning WBC middleweight titlist Sebastian Zbik on a hard-fought majority decision at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The baby-faced Chavez Jr., trailing on two of the judges' scorecards, had to win the last three rounds to get the nod, and did. As they embraced in the center of the ring after the decision had been announced, the six-time world champ, in three weight classes, whispered something in his son's ear, whereupon both broke into wide smiles.
May 24, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - If the latest reports of Mullah Mohammed Omar's demise are greatly exaggerated - as Mark Twain once quipped about his own premature obituary - they nonetheless offer a glimpse of the zeitgeist in Afghanistan and Pakistan after the death of Osama bin Laden. A Taliban spokesman Monday vehemently denied assertions that the movement's spiritual leader had died or been killed, even as Afghanistan's main intelligence service said the reclusive cleric had disappeared from his alleged Pakistan hideout.
November 5, 2010 |
"The Office" meets al Qaeda in "Four Lions," a movie that applies the British talent for institutional satire to a U.K. terror cell. Making comedy from very real, palpably looming terror is probably a doomed enterprise, but writer-director Chris Morris keeps "Four Lions" going for an impressively long time (while also reaffirming that the British curse so much better than we do). Morris is working with the same writers (Simon Blackwell, Jesse Armstrong) who satirized the war on terror in "In the Loop," and here satirize terror itself - a comparison that shows that the terrorists and their adversaries in western governments have the same internal problem.