April 29, 2006 |
With staccato regularity, guns are killing children. Epidemic. Public health crisis. Tragedy. By whatever name, these deaths bring profound loss to families and communities. This series attempts to capture the look, the sound, and the feel of this loss. Omar ("Lil O") Rodriguez was too scared to go to school. The walk from his eighth-grade classes at Roberto Clemente Middle School to his Kensington rowhouse - along a volatile route where kids from Clemente, CEP Allegheny, Edison, and Olney High Schools often collide - had become a bruising gauntlet.
October 15, 1997 |
It's not easy being Omar. The miles pile up on his Nissan Sentra. There's the challenge of finding the right touch of eyeliner and eye shadow. Some nights, his bum knee throbs with every twist and turn. And then there are the women. Oh, the women. Sometimes they get carried away, as Omar may find out when he gets undressed later.. No, it's not easy being Omar the belly dancer - one of the few male belly dancers in America and the only one dancing regularly in the couscous circuit, the local round of Middle Eastern restaurants and clubs.
May 31, 1996 |
Everyone is a friend in Omar's life, even passing motorists. Omar, 4, will help load the car to go on a picnic, check the seat belts of the two little ones who live with him, and station himself by the window. Then, as they travel along the road, Omar waves at every car. When the mail-carrier arrives, Omar will chat pleasantly with him before going back in the house. And he's delighted when he hears noisy trash trucks. The men working smile and exchange hellos with Omar before going on their way. Omar is a healthy and active.
November 29, 2007 |
The paid informant who infiltrated a group of men accused of plotting an armed attack on Fort Dix was convicted of federal bank fraud in 2001 and sentenced to six months in prison. Mahmoud A. Omar pleaded guilty just weeks after his arrest and agreed to testify against the ringleader of a counterfeit-check-cashing scheme who recruited him. Omar, an Egyptian national who said he entered the United States illegally through Mexico, was released from prison in February 2002, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.
February 23, 2014
A story Friday incorrectly reported when Dechert L.L.P. opened its first foreign office. It opened an office in Brussels, Belgium, in 1968. The ratings box was inadvertently omitted from the review of Omar in the Weekend section Friday. Critic Steven Rea rates it ***.
May 28, 1993 |
Omar, 6, is drawing a wavy box with circles inside. "Is that a tooth with cavities in it?" he's asked. "No!" he answers. "It's a refrigerator, with the door open. That's cheese, a hoagie and a glass of grape juice. " Leaning over, he peers at a tree with a blue trunk, and shakes his head. Then the woman fills in the leaves with green and adds heart-shaped apples. When he looks in her face, she says, "I eat an apple every day, and that's why I'm absolutely gorgeous. " A snort of laughter escapes him before he can get a grip on it, and he draws his chair closer so that he can hand her more crayons.
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.
September 20, 1996 |
Omar, 10, and his brother, Maron, 9, want to be together. They live in different foster homes and don't get to share their similar interests very often. They like riding bikes, going on the swings and slides at the park, and playing football, basketball and computer games. Both were born with drugs in their systems and were "failure-to-thrive" babies. There are neglect, abuse and deprivation in their backgrounds, and Omar receives therapy and medication for hyperactivity. Maron is in fourth grade and enjoys spelling.
August 26, 1988 |
Omar, 10, is walking around the bookstore, pausing the longest to look at children's stories that have happy faces on the cover. He seems amazed at books with reproductions of paintings and he murmurs, as he carefully turns each page, "That's pretty. That's wild. I like that one. " Then on to the sports books and pictures of football players he can identify. Gold-colored wrapping paper catches his eye. He stands in front of it with a thoughtful expression. "I could get 10 rolls of this and paper my wall," he announces.
April 10, 1986 |
"My Beautiful Laundrette. " A comedy-drama starring Daniel Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke and Saeed Jaffrey. Directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureiski. Photographed by Oliver Stapleton. Edited by Mick Audsley. Music by Luedies Tavalis. Running time: 93 minutes. An Orion Classics release. At the Ritz Five, 214 Walnut St. Atmosphere is the lifeblood of movies. This is what separates film from the stage and from television. If a movie has ambiance, it really doesn't need anything else.