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Nov. 8, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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Man, 21, posed as teen to play football

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A Michigan high school athletic director said his team may forfeit two victories because a 21-year-old man posed as a student to play on the football team.

Mount Pleasant High School Athletic Director Jim Conway said his team and their parents are frustrated they might have to give up their two victories after player Javier Jones was unmasked as James Nash, 21, who allegedly used false documents to enroll at the school, WNEM-TV, Saginaw, Mich., reported Wednesday.

"They're as frustrated or if not more frustrated than the adults in this situation, which was good to see. I think that the kids have learned a valuable lesson. They're asking the questions 'why' and 'how' -- just as we are as adults," Conway said of the players.

School officials said they were working with a liaison officer and turning documents over to prosecutors for possible charges against Nash.

Russia eyes Twitter rules for officials

MOSCOW, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said rules are needed to govern use of Twitter and other social networking sites by government officials.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday there should be clear rules for use of the websites by Russian officials after media outlets quoted government sources as saying officials could be banned from Twitter if they do not maintain politeness on the website, RIA Novosti reported.

Peskov did not confirm or deny the reports of a threatened ban.

"It's evident that the use of Twitter for official purposes and for disseminating official information should be streamlined one way or another. Anyway, an official who uses Twitter should not think of it as a personal information channel, because any information becomes more or less official when it appears in the Twitter account of a person vested with power," the spokesman said.

Pilot charged with carjacking

SEATAC, Wash., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Police in Washington state said a commercial pilot was unable to make a scheduled flight when he was arrested for allegedly trying to steal a car.

Joe Haley, 66, told police he was getting into his rental car Monday night at a hotel in SeaTac when a man climbed into the vehicle's back seat, KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported Wednesday.

"I said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'You know what I want,'" Haley recalled.

He said the man demanded the car and refused to get out, so he pulled out a gun he was carrying and threatened to shoot the intruder.

However, Haley said he instead used the gun to hit the man when he refused to exit the car.

Haley said the man eventually slumped over and he went into the hotel to find help. He came back out when he found no one inside and the suspect exited the car and chased him before speeding off in the rental car.

Police said the suspect crashed the car a block away.

Crosman Carey, 43, was taken to the King County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft and drunken driving.

Police said Carey, a pilot for Omni Airlines, had been scheduled to fly a plane from Seattle to Japan the following day. He was unable to make the flight.

Deer runs through Pa. store

CASTLE SHANNON, Pa., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A deer ran through a Pennsylvania store and was trapped inside for about 30 minutes before finding its way to freedom, witnesses said.

Jill Horvatic, who was inside Stout Carpeting in Castle Shannon when the deer entered the store Tuesday, said the animal caused a lot of damage inside the shop while trying to find an exit, WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Wednesday.

"Honest to God, I was shaking. I haven't felt like that ever in my life," Horvatic said. "For 20 minutes all I heard was banging and glass shattering. It was horrifying."

Police set up barricades inside the store to help the animal find its way out.

Authorities said no injuries were reported.

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