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Salt Lake takes Olympic flame

AP – US Ambassador Thomas Miller (r) and two representatives of Utah’s native American community stand to attention during the playing of the Greek national anthem in Athens’s Panathenaic Stadium yesterday (l), during a ceremony in which the flame that will burn at the Salt Lake City Winter Games began its journey to the USA. The flame was lit last month in Ancient Olympia, where the Games were born nearly 3,000 years ago. It was to leave last night for the USA in a miner’s lamp. ‘The anticipation is building and we hope that particularly in this time in the world’s history that all the nations can come together in peace and unity… We’re very, very proud to be the host city this year,’ said Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. An intense bombing and sniping campaign was unleashed on the city, often targeting civilians out shopping, on walks or attending funerals.