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Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, his biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." He was one of the most marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith with the North Carolina Tar Heels; as a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982. Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick, emerged as a league star and entertained crowds with his prolific scoring, his leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan and His Airness. He gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.

In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993–94 NBA season and started a new career in Minor League Baseball, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season, he retired for a second time in January 1999 but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards. Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, ten scoring titles, five MVP Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, three steals titles, the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, he holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average.

In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press' list of athletes of the century. Jordan is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, having been enshrined in 2009 for his individual career and again in 2010 as part of the group induction of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Jordan is known for his product endorsements, he fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers which were introduced in 1984 and remain popular today. Jordan starred as himself in the 1996 film Space Jam. In 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats and bought a controlling interest in 2010. In 2014, Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history. With a net worth of $1.9 billion, he is the fourth-richest African-American, behind Robert F. Smith, David Steward, Oprah Winfrey. Jordan was born at Cumberland Hospital in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to Deloris, who worked in banking, James R. Jordan Sr. an equipment supervisor.

His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball and football, he tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5'11", he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team. Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity team, tallied several 40-point games; the following summer, he trained rigorously. Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged more than 25 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play; as a senior, he was selected to play in the 1981 McDonald's All-American Game and scored 30 points, after averaging 27 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists per game for the season. Jordan was recruited by numerous college basketball programs, including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In 1981, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in cultural geography.

As a freshman in coach Dean Smith's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 ppg on 53.4% shooting. He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. Jordan described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons with the Tar Heels, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, added 5.0 rpg. He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore and junior seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA draft; the Chicago Bulls selected Jordan after Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted sooner was because the first two teams were in need of a center. However, Trail Blazers general manager Stu Inman contended that it was not a matter of drafting a center, but more a matter of taking Sam Bowie over Jordan

Steve Lightfoot

Steve Lightfoot is a British television writer and producer who worked as an executive producer and writer on the NBC thriller Hannibal and most now the showrunner for the Netflix series Marvel's The Punisher which aired in 2017. Lightfoot graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in creative writing. Since the early 2000s, Lightfoot has worked on a number of high-profile television series as a producer and writer, including Casualty, House of Saddam, Transporter: The Series and Narcos, he serves as showrunner for The Punisher. On January 25, 2019, it was announced that Lightfoot will be credited as an executive producer in the upcoming Netflix thriller miniseries, Behind Her Eyes. "The Long Night" "Igraine" "Trojan Horsepower" "Cherchez La Femme" "Trou Normand" "Rôti" "Savoureux" "Kaiseki" "Hassun" "Mukōzuke" "Futamono" "Yakimono" "Su-zakana" "Naka-Choko" "Mizumono" "Antipasto" "Secondo" "Aperitivo" "Contorno" "Dolce" "Digestivo" "The Great Red Dragon" "And the Woman Clothed with the Sun..."

"... And the Beast from the Sea" "The Wrath of the Lamb" "3 AM" "Two Dead Men" "Kandahar" "Memento Mori" "Roadhouse Blues" "Fight or Flight" "Flustercluck" "The Dark Hearts of Men" "The Whirlwind" In 2009, Lightfoot was nominated for a BAFTA Award for producing House of Saddam. Steve Lightfoot on IMDb Steve Lightfoot on Twitter

Karim el-Mejjati

Karim Thami el-Mejjati was a Moroccan-French convicted terrorist, claimed to have aided the Riyadh compound bombings, the 2003 Casablanca bombings, the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the 2005 London bombings as member of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group. He was killed, along with his 11-year-old son, by Saudi authorities in a series of raids in April 2005, his wife maintains that he was not connected to all the attacks, but insinuates that he had arranged attacks against Saudi Arabia, provoking their anger. A medical student, el-Mejjati was born to a wealthy Moroccan father who worked in commerce and French mother who worked in cosmetics, they enrolled him in a French-speaking school from which he graduated in 1986. He spoke English and sub-par Arabic, he kept a poster of Clint Eastwood taped to his bedroom wall, dreamed of traveling to the United States. A secular Muslim, he ate pork and drank alcohol in violation of Islamic law, enjoyed partying at Les Sablettes beach resort, as well as visiting Ceuta and Melilla.

On September 25, 1991, he married a Tunisian-American named Fatiha, seven years older than he was and had been dismissed from her job at the Casablanca medical school where he was studying because she started wearing the niqab face-covering. A 1985 law graduate, she remarked that the student unrest over the management's attempts to fire her were what brought both her and el-Mejjati back to being observant Muslims, he dropped out of medical school, they traveled to an Islamic conference in Paris for a month. They had two sons, named Adam. By 1992, he'd returned to France and begun selling Moroccan handicrafts to support his desire to travel and volunteer as a Bosnian mujahideen. After one tour in Bosnia, he returned to bring his wife back to the Balkans with him, but was stymied by Germany's refusal to grant a visa. Returning alone, he was arrested for a month by Croatian forces, before being released at the request of the French government, although he was forbidden to return to Bosnia for five years.

Upon returning to Morocco, he rented a two-room apartment and began wearing Afghan clothing and a long beard. When women visited, he and his male friends would sleep in their cars parked on the street, while the women slept inside. Neighbours recalled that he once loudly berated a couple for their public display of affection. In early 1994, he traveled to Mecca on the hajj pilgrimage, continued on to Afghanistan, where he enrolled at the Khalden training camp where he contracted malaria and had to be sent home to Morocco. Once, upon returning to Morocco, he was questioned about the Pakistani visa in his passport and the Abdullah Azzam book he was reading. Around this time, his wife was diagnosed with cancer, he maintained a relationship with leader of the Takfir wal-Hijra. In 1996, he took a second wife at the urging of his wife, the Belgian Fatihah al-Hawshy who lived in England and was a friend of his wife. Around 1997, he traveled to New Jersey on the invitation of a friend for several months.

It was one of two visits he made to the United States prior to 1999. He listed the address of a New York City bookseller, Abdulrahman Farhane, as his own - entered as evidence against Farhane following accusations he financially supported terrorism. While American authorities claimed he hadn't entered the country since 1999, Saudi media reported that he traveled back to the United States with al-Hawshy, his second wife, in 2000 and dropped her off there while he traveled to Pakistan. In July 2001, el-Mejjati and his wife determined to leave Morocco permanently, flew to Spain for two weeks while awaiting their entry visa to Iran; when Italy declined their request for travel documents, they flew out of Frankfurt instead. After landing in Tehran, they crossed the border into Afghanistan the following day, he traveled to Kandahar, ostensibly to seek out Osama bin Laden though he had no intentions of joining al-Qaeda, but was disappointed to discover the militant leader had left the city. He managed to see both bin Laden and Mullah Omar.

Following the American reprisal bombings following the September 11 attacks, el-Mejjati and his wife left Afghanistan and traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh where they remained for ten months after their passports were seized due to fake Pakistani visa stamps. They moved to Saudi Arabia, using false Qatari passports, after that; some have claimed the move was authorised by bin Laden to build a "Saudi network". After moving to Riyadh, el-Mejjati agreed to allow Khalid al-Juhani, a veteran of the First Chechen War and Afghan Civil War, being sought by Americans, stay with his family, he asked his wife to help him find a wife for al-Juhani, not supposed to be involved in any more fighting. On March 23, 2003, his wife and 10-year-old son Ilyass left the city to try to reach an Ophthalmologist, they had been intended to travel with al-Juhani, which caught the attention of the Mabahith secret police. However, al-Juhani argued he wasn't feeling well and asked a brother and his wife to instead accompany el-Mejjati and her son.

The group was nonetheless arrested by authorities. When questioned, his wife confirmed to police that el-Mejjati was indeed living in Riyadh, but refused to write an open letter in the newspapers calling for her husband to surrender himself to authorities stating that he hadn't done anything wrong. After his wife's arrest, he is believed to have fallen in with the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, to have provided training to its members in a forest outside Rabat, his name was mentioned in connection with the Riyadh compound bombing in May of that year. Days before the May 16 attack in Casablanca, el-Mejjati is believed