Bush May Speak at 2002 Winter Games

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Salt Lake City, Utah Sept. 6, 2001 (AP)--President Bush has been invited to speak at the state Capitol on the opening day of the 2002 Winter Games, which would put statehouse security on high alert throughout the Olympics.

Utah has not yet received official acceptance from the White House, but the president would be scheduled to make an appearance Feb. 8, state Olympic officer Lane Beattie said.

The Legislature will not be in session that day. The Secret Service would secure the building the day before the president's arrival. After that, no one could enter without going through a security checkpoint. It is not known whether the speech would be open to the public.

Bush's visit would mean tightened Capitol security measures until the Olympics end Feb. 24. ``It will be a protected facility during that time,'' Beattie said.

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