Friday, November 25, 2005

A whole town built by the bomb

For Los Alamos' anxious residents, the lab is a way of life

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - There is no separating Los Alamos National Laboratory from this town it calls home.

Most everyone here either works at the lab or is related to someone who does.

Everywhere you look, there are nods to scientific history, from Oppenheimer Drive - named after the physicist who built the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos - to the Trinity Beverage Company, the bar that shares its moniker with the Trinity Test, the world's first nuclear explosion.

So when it comes to the impending decision of who will next manage the lab, the speculation and fear are not limited to inside its walls.

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