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This Happened - February 17: Michael Jordan Is Born

On this day in 1963, Michael Jordan was born. Many consider him the greatest basketball player of all time.

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What was Michael Jordan's childhood like?

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, was born in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Wilmington, North Carolina as a young child. He was the third son of James and Delores Jordan.

He was a good student and excelled as an athlete in three sports: Football, baseball, and basketball. As a 5 foot 9 inch sophomore at Laney High School, he was cut from the Varsity team, which would be a lifelong motivator for Jordan. Later he became the first player in high school history to average a triple-double (double digits in points, assists and rebounds) and led his team to the State Championship.

What awards and honors has Michael Jordan received?

Jordan won six NBA championships, all with the Chicago Bulls. He won his first championship in 1991, and then won five more consecutively from 1996 to 1998. Jordan has received numerous individual awards and honors throughout his career, including: 5 MVP awards, 10 NBA scoring titles, 14 All-Star selections and Hall of Fame inductee in 2009.

What is Michael Jordan's net worth?

As of 2021, Michael Jordan's net worth is estimated to be around $2.1 billion, making him one of the wealthiest athletes in the world. He has also made a significant amount of money through his various business ventures, including his partnership with Nike.

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Libya To Lampedusa, The Toll Of Climate Migration That Spans The Mediterranean

The death toll for Libya's catastrophic flood this week continues to rise, at the same time that the Italian island of Lampedusa raises alarms over unprecedented number of migrant arrivals. What look at first like two distinct stories are part of the same mounting crisis that the world is simply not prepared to face: climate migration.

Photograph of migrants covering themselves from the sun as they wait to be transferred away from the Lampedusa island. An officer stands above them and the ocean speeds in the background.

September 15, 2023, Lampedusa: Migrants wait in Cala Pisana to be transferred to other places from the island

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Valeria Berghinz


It’s a difficult number for the brain to comprehend: 20,000. That is the current estimate of how many people were killed — the majority, likely, instantly drowned and washed away — after a dam broke during a massive storm in eastern Libya on Sunday.

As the search continues for victims (the official death count currently stands at over 11,000) in and around the city of Derna, across the Mediterranean Sea, a different number tells another troubling story: in the span of just two days, 7,000 migrants have arrived on the island of Lampedusa.

Midway between Sicily and the North African coast, the tiny Italian island has long been a destination for those hailing from all points south and east to arrive on European soil. Still, the staggering number of arrivals this week of people ready to risk their lives on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean should again set off alarms that reach far beyond the island.

Yet these two numbers — one of the thousands of dead, the other of thousands of survivors — are in some way really one story.

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