Posed as student, now a prisoner
A former star athlete who posed as a teenager to play high school basketball in West Texas was sentenced to three years in prison after reaching a plea deal, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Guerdwich Montimere, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and three counts of tampering with government records. Officials say the naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti came to Odessa as a ninth-grader using the name Jerry Joseph. Montimere was 21 when he played one season at Odessa Permian High and helped lead the Panthers to the 2010 state playoffs. Permian's football team and backers inspired the book Friday Night Lights. Suspicions were raised about Joseph after coaches from Florida at a post-season basketball tournament in Arkansas said they recognized him as Montimere, a 2007 graduate of a Florida high school.
Is famed fossil bird really a bird?
One of the world's most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn't a bird at all. Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the "bird" branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx (ahr-kee-AHP'-teh-rihx) was a crow-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago. It had wings and feathers, but also quite unbirdlike traits like teeth and a bony tail. Discovered in 1861 in Germany, it became an icon for evolution. Other experts say any change could be reversed by further discoveries. And while it might shake scientific understanding within the bird lineage, they said, it doesn't make much difference for evolutionary questions.