In 1780, Benjamin Franklin commissioned a large mahogany box from a London craftsman. His instructions for this custom-made item, intended to house a delicate scientific instrument, were unusually precise. In particular, he urged that special care be taken in selecting the mahogany because, in his words, there was “a great deal of difference in woods that go under that name.” He desired the “finest grained that you can meet with.”
Lauren Paul, who won a national championship as the women’s lacrosse coach at Franklin & Marshall College, was fired by the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, school after an investigation into a hazing complaint.
In the London mansion where Benjamin Franklin negotiated American independence, British rebels gathered to toast their own fight against the European Union and deliver a warning shot to Prime Minister David Cameron.
The washing facility for armored howitzers, set in Germany’s Black Forest, helped convince Daimler AG’s Lothar Ulsamer that he’d found the place to build a testing ground for Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.
Toby Wofford learned his way around United Tool and Mold Inc. maintaining machines his last two years of high school in Easley, South Carolina. Now he’s graduating to an advanced apprenticeship program that includes free classes at a nearby technical college.
When Philadelphia’s spring dogwoods blossom, Brian Jenkins will head to a triangular greenway on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway just before dusk and help set up two long, cloth-covered tables where cornbread, grilled Tilapia and peach cobbler are served to the homeless.