Professor Gates, Sergeant Crowley Are Related

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Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who traces part of his lineage back to Ireland, and the man who arrested him, Sergeant James Crowley, who is clearly Irish, are related! That's an interesting coincidence, though somewhat less incredible when you consider that their common ancestor, fifth-century king Niall of the Nine Hostages, is believed to be the most prolific procreator in history save for Genghis Khan. Father enough people, and chances are two of them will ignite a national racial controversy someday. [ABC News]