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  • Tobias Capwell, the man who escorted Richard III's coffin

    Tobias Capwell, the man who escorted Richard III's coffin
    England's King Richard III was killed twice: first by his challenger, Henry Tudor, at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and again, in posthumous reputation, by Tudor historians and by Shakespeare, who portrayed the last English king to die in battle as a "bunch-backed toad" and accused him of murdering his young nephews in the Tower of London to become king. Richard's skeleton was, astonishingly, discovered in 2012 and identified through DNA. It is being reburied in Leicester, England, this week with far more pomp than 530 years ago, when it was dumped into a soon-forgotten grave that was eventually covered with a parking lot. One of the two knights escorting the king on his last journey is Tobias Capwell, born in Petaluma and now a top British medieval military historian — a California Yankee in King Richard's court.
  • On the wild slide: Lake Placid site offers skeleton rides

    Sledding can be pleasant and pastoral, with big toboggans, snowy hills and rosy cheeks. And then there's skeleton sledding: belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug, hard ice whooshing by your face. The site of the 1980 Winter Olympics at...

    New Releases: 'Maze Runner' action starts early and never stops

    New Releases, Maze Runner, The Skeleton Twins, Magic In the Moonlight, Tootsie The Maze Runner 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 The latest dystopian young adult novel to hit the big screen is one the better movie versions that the genre's...

    King Richard III's DNA opens a door to a new historical mystery

    King Richard III's DNA opens a door to a new historical mystery
    It's a 500-year-old missing persons case, and researchers say it has now been solved, definitively. The missing person was King Richard III, the controversial English monarch, described as having one shoulder higher than another. He ascended the...

    For 2018 Olympic sledders, South Korea may be a far cry

    For 2018 Olympic sledders, South Korea may be a far cry
    You know the nearer your destination The more you’re slip slidin’ away                                                    -- Paul Simon MONACO – The 2018 Olympic sledding events in Salt Lake City while the rest of the Winter...