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Historical tours to include sheep

BURLINGTON, Vt. —Promoting the upcoming start of historical tours on campus, University of Vermont officials are turning over the campus green to 11 sheep.

The third season of the popular historic tour program kicks off today at the Burlington college. Sheep brought in from the local Shelburne Farms were allowed free rein Friday to graze on the 10-acre green. The scene conjured up the university's earliest days, when livestock from nearby farms grazed on campus because the grass was considered the best in the area.

The university was founded in 1791 and is the fifth oldest in New England.

Billy the Kid portrait will go on sale

DENVER — The iconic portrait of Billy the Kid that led to the mistaken belief that the outlaw was a southpaw is going up for sale this weekend.

A tintype image taken in 1879 or 1880 in Fort Sumner, N.M., showing the gunslinger with a Winchester rifle in his right hand and a Colt revolver holstered on his left is thought to be the only surviving depiction of the man also known as William H. Bonney.

The portrait led those unaware that tintype photos are reverse images to assume he was a lefty. The misinformation was so widespread that Paul Newman played the outlaw in the 1958 Western "The Left Handed Gun."

The portrait is set to be auctioned in Denver today at the 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction.

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