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September 14, 2000 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wen Ho Lee walked out of court a free man Wednesday after a federal judge repeatedly apologized for incarcerating him for nine months without trial and angrily rebuked the Clinton administration for its handling of a case that "embarrassed this entire nation." In a morning marked by high drama, laughter and tears of joy, the former Los Alamos nuclear weapon scientist agreed in thickly accented English to a negotiated deal that brings an abrupt end to the highly controversial case.
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WORLD
February 17, 2008 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
The former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory said Saturday that North Korea is serious about denuclearizing and is willing to contemplate a program such as that used to help former Soviet republics destroy their nuclear weapons. "This is a big deal," said Siegfried Hecker, referring to North Korea's accomplishments so far in shutting down its main nuclear facility at Yongbyon, 60 miles north of Pyongyang.
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NEWS
October 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The Department of Energy intelligence chief who led a 1995 probe into suspected Chinese espionage at Los Alamos National Laboratory blamed the FBI for targeting scientist Wen Ho Lee as the government's prime suspect and denied that racial profiling played a role in the case. "It was the FBI that focused solely on Dr. Lee," Notra Trulock III told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The University of California has agreed to pay the federal government $2.8 million over a security breakdown at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under the settlement, the university has accepted responsibility for the violations, the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a statement.
NEWS
May 14, 2000 | MASSIE RITSCH
It grew, secretly, from the desert to house the creators of the atomic bomb. But today--at least before fire ate hundreds of its homes--Los Alamos is a company town like any surrounding an automobile factory or a textile mill. The founding fathers of Los Alamos--physicists from the University of California--arrived from Berkeley soon after the government selected the secluded and idyllic site 35 miles northwest of Santa Fe in 1942.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The University of California has agreed to pay the federal government $2.8 million over a security breakdown at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under the settlement, the university has accepted responsibility for the violations, the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a statement.
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Contradicting his own attorney general, President Clinton said Thursday that he is "quite troubled" that former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee was kept in jail for months without bail before a plea agreement set him free. "I always had reservations about the claims that were being made denying him bail," Clinton told reporters, referring to statements of federal prosecutors who were backed by their Justice Department superiors.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who was held in solitary confinement for nine months was "badly treated," Gov. Bill Richardson says in his new autobiography. Richardson was former President Clinton's Energy secretary when Wen Ho Lee, a naturalized U.S. citizen, became the target of an FBI investigation into Chinese espionage in 1999.
NEWS
December 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
Justice Department officials worried in the summer of 1997 that the FBI investigation of alleged Chinese nuclear spying focused too narrowly on Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, Atty. Gen. Janet Reno told Congress in testimony made public Tuesday. Those concerns led Justice Department lawyers to reject an FBI request to seek court approval for bugging Lee's home and office, Reno told a closed-door meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in June.
NEWS
May 14, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tony Tomei heard the explosion the same time the firefighters did, from somewhere up the canyon away from the flames that were threatening his neighborhood. The firefighters raced off in their trucks to deal with whatever had blown up. Tomei stayed. Four days later, he was still there. "I just got caught up in it," said Tomei, an engineer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday proposed a record $3-million fine against the University of California for a security breach last year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in which a worker took home classified documents on a thumb drive.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The former Los Alamos National Laboratory worker who took classified materials home will face a single misdemeanor charge of negligent handling of classified documents, her lawyer said in Santa Fe. Jessica Quintana, 23, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, attorney Stephen Aarons said. Police found the data on a portable drive and in about 200 pages of documents in October during a drug bust at her Los Alamos home.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory was "seriously flawed" when a worker removed classified documents that were later found in her home during a drug bust, the Department of Energy's inspector general has concluded. In a number of key areas, security policies at the nuclear weapons lab were nonexistent, not followed or were applied inconsistently, according to Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Los Alamos National Laboratory said that the classified documents discovered at a trailer park during a drug investigation last month did not include the most highly sensitive nuclear weapons information. The lab, which designs nuclear weapons, said a "careful and comprehensive analysis" of three electronic memory devices and paper copies of classified documents found in a residential trailer showed that they were mostly low-level secrets that are 20 to 30 years old.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation's key nuclear weapons research centers, confirmed Wednesday that it experienced a potentially major security breach -- discovered last week when police found three laboratory computer drives during a drug arrest at a New Mexico trailer park. Police reports released Wednesday identified the owner of the trailer, where officers found a sizable amount of drug paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine use, as Jessica Quintana.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Chevron Corp. wants to take another crack at unlocking shale oil from difficult rock formations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. With high oil prices and the instability of overseas supplies making such endeavors more attractive, Chevron, in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory, said it would attempt to determine how to economically extract oil from shale. Chevron abandoned research on shale oil 30 years ago.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2004 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
The University of Texas officially signaled its interest Wednesday in pursuing the contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a nuclear weapons design facility that has been run by the University of California for more than six decades without challenge. The Texas university's governing board authorized Chancellor Mark G. Yudof to explore a potential bid on the Los Alamos contract and to spend as much as $500,000 on the effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
Los Alamos National Laboratory said Wednesday that it had lost track of two tiny glass containers of plutonium oxide and believed the radioactive material had been thrown out. The lab, which has come under criticism for financial and inventory control problems, said the material could not be used to make weapons, and apparently had been discarded with other radioactive waste without being properly logged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Scientists at UCLA and the Los Alamos National Laboratory will be developing a high-volume lab that will use robots to quickly test samples for infectious diseases. Test results would be cut from a month to a couple of days or a week at most, the scientists said. The $22-million project is called the High Speed, High Volume Laboratory Network for Infectious Diseases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2006 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Michael Anastasio stood before the employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory, his first all-hands meeting with the wary men and women who would soon be working for him. And he quickly made them laugh. "I never in my life imagined that I would be standing here as the new director of Los Alamos," said Anastasio, who has worked for 25 years at Los Alamos' fellow -- and fiercely competitive -- nuclear weapons design center in Livermore, Calif. "And I bet you never imagined it either."
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