Historic LGBT sites to get recognition
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Friday that the National Park Service will begin marking places of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The shift comes after years of debate about how LGBT people fit into America's historical narrative. The park service is convening a panel of 18 scholars who will be charged with exploring the LGBT movement's story in areas such as law, religion, media, civil rights and the arts. The committee will identify relevant sites and its work will be used to evaluate them for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as National Historic Landmarks or consideration as national monuments, Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis said.
King Richard III wasn't hunchback
He may have had a twisted spine, but England's King Richard III was no hunchback, according to a new analysis of the medieval king's skeleton. After the bones of the 15th century king were discovered under a parking lot in central England in 2012, scientists scanned the remains of Richard III's back and created replicas of each bone to reconstruct his spine. The researchers said while Richard III had a severe case of scoliosis, he was far from the limping "hunchbacked toad" with a withered arm depicted in William Shakespeare's play. The new study was published online Thursday in the journal Lancet.
Aquarium opens in Mexico City
Mexican magnate Carlos Slim on Friday inaugurated a four-level, underground aquarium in Mexico City that is one of the biggest in Latin America, housing 3,000 animals belonging to 230 species. The first visitors took an elevator underground to start the tour of the 400,000-gallon glass tank where blue, yellow, orange and green fish swam among sharks and manta rays. In another floor there are several types of jellyfish, and a separate tank houses piranhas, crocodiles and tiny turtles. Associated Press