June 2, 1996 |
A jury in Florence, Ariz., awarded nearly $520,000 in lost wages to two former crew members who broke open Biosphere 2 and sued the project's operators for breach of contract after they were fired. Abigail Alling and Mark Van Thillo received the back pay they claimed following their arrest for breaking seals and opening doors to the glass-and-steel domed complex on April 4, 1994.
April 24, 1994 |
This is a story of people who made a world in their image and of how it came apart. Their world is a self-contained planet in a bottle outside Tucson called Biosphere 2--an ambitious ecology experiment that draws 250,000 tourists every year to browse past its souvenir stands, admire its architecture and gawk at its sculptures constructed of scrap metal recycled from nuclear weapons laboratories.
June 21, 1993 |
This year's richest individual: A Japanese hotel and railroad baron worth at least $9 billion. Yoskiaki Tsutsumi, 59, ranks first in Forbes magazine's annual listing of the world's billionaires. The Walton family of Wal-Mart stores was the world's richest family, worth $25.3 billion, Forbes said in its July 5 edition. Tsutsumi, with interest in hotels, railroads and the Seibu Lions baseball team, is worth $9 billion through his 40% stake in the holding company Kokudo, the magazine said.
May 8, 1990 |
Yale University received its largest gift in more than two decades Monday, a $20-million donation from the heirs of a Texas oil baron to establish a school to study, research and preserve the environment. The gift to establish the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies was the first in a series to be made by the Bass family of Ft. Worth, said Yale President Benno C. Schmidt Jr. The gift to establish the biospheric studies institute was presented to Schmidt by Edward P.
April 7, 1994 |
Two people who lived inside Biosphere 2 for two years were arrested Wednesday for allegedly breaking into the sealed environmental experiment and leaving the doors open so outside air could get in. Abigail Alling, who has been taking responsibility for Monday's intrusion in calls to reporters across the country, was arrested at a Tucson motel with fellow crew member Mark Van Thillo. They each face felony charges of burglary and criminal property damage.
August 4, 1996 |
Seal a group of scientists inside Biosphere 2, the futuristic glass-and-dome experiment, for two years and what do you get? Fights over food. Botanist Linda Leigh said personality differences and crop failures made life difficult for the eight crew members who were encased in the 3-acre mini-world from 1991 to 1993. "Food distribution became a very tense issue," Leigh said. "I think that made us all a little cranky, always being hungry.