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Secrets of the Dead, Ben Franklin's Bones on South Dakota Public Broadcasting
When skeletal remains of at least 10 people turned up in the basement of Benjamin Franklin's British residence, people wondered if the Founding Father might have had a much darker side. Franklin was aware of the bodies in his basement, but they weren't the victims of violent acts. Rather, they were used for the purposes of an illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.
In November 1997, when the skeletal remains of at least 28 bodies were unearthed in the basement of an elegant townhouse, police feared it was the work of a serial killer. But when research indicated the bones actually dated to the mid-1700s, the implications became even more dramatic. This was no ordinary house: 36 Craven Street was the former residence of Benjamin Franklin.
State Sen. Ben Downing (D) - Pittsfield and the Berkshire/Hampshire/Franklin/Hampden District, discusses the coming 2015 legislative session and the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, with a special focus on energy issues and the Gateway Cities program aimed at providing additional state assistance to some poorer urban parts of the Commonwealth.
This grand suspension bridge is an example of "beautility," a 1920's-era concept that advocated a blending of practicality and artistic inspiration. Architect Paul Philippe Cret's design included never-completed interior spaces that celebrate the history of transportation.