Sunday, January 25, 2009

I Love Lucy?

When the idea of sending the early hominid fossil known as "Lucy" on a multi-year tour of American institutions was first proposed, a lot of people expressed concern that a priceless specimen was being exposed to unnecessary risk. I don't think anyone could have predicted that the main risk would be to the financial health of the venues. AP reports that the Pacific Science Center is looking at a half-million dollar loss after the exhibit attracted less than a quarter of the projected 250,000 visitors. PSC president Bryce Seidl announced on Friday that the losses will result in an 8% staff layoff, furloughs, and a wage freeze.

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