OKLAHOMA CITY: LIVING WITH THE NIGHTMARES

THE CITY PULLED TOGETHER AS LIVES FELL APART. BUT IN THE YEAR SINCE, RESIDENTS HAVE LEARNED THEY WERE ALL VICTIMS--AND THAT THERE ARE SOME WOUNDS TIME CANNOT HEAL

THE CHAIN LINK FENCE AROUND the grassy field where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building once stood is a monument to suffering great and small. Dozens of mourners congregate here each day, and like children at a wishing well, they cannot resist leaving tokens behind. Nudged into the 8-ft.-high grid are tin medallions of the Virgin Mary, polyester roses, a phone card with a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, an Afro pick, a flowered scarf, a globe key chain, poems and prayers on scraps of paper, crucifixes made from twigs and, in this Easter season, scores of green palm fronds...

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