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Like beauty pageant contestants, the would-be hosts of the 2004 Summer Olympics who spent around $100 million strutting their stuff will be spending the holiday weekend in an excrutiating wait for the judges' verdict. All but one of the delegations from Athens, Rome, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, and Cape Town will go home humiliated and out-of-pocket when the International Olympic Committee convenes in Lausanne, Switzerland next Wednesday. Here they will announce the winning venue for the first games, technically speaking, of the new millennium.

Still smarting from Atlanta's last-minute theft of the centennial Olympiad, Athens is once again the top contender closely followed by its centuries-old rival, Rome. But the announcement last week that South African President Nelson Mandela would personally attend the announcement might provide a hot outsider tip: Either Mandela is risking an humiliating photo op when Cape Town loses or he knows something the smart money doesn't.

That old-time religion faces a stern test starting Monday, at the annual meeting of the National Baptist Convention. The nation's largest black church will try to deal with a scandal involving its president, the Rev. Henry Lyons. Lyons is under fire for a number of sins, foremost of which is using church funds to buy a posh condominium with Bernice Edwards, the church's PR director herself a convicted embezzler. Lyons' wife was arrested last month and charged with setting fire to the condo. Meanwhile the reverend, who may also be married to two other women, has enraged black morticians by allegedly taking kickbacks from the Loewen Group, a Canadian-owned funeral home chain.