Let there be light -- maybe.
Greece's electric company hopes to soon shine light on the 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, about 30 miles southeast of Athens.
In antiquity, the temple was built to honor the god of the sea who, legend has it, controlled the fates and fortunes of seafarers. The site also served as a landmark for sailors on the capricious Aegean Sea. The spectacular views and elegance of the temple inspired the likes of British poet Lord Byron.
Now, Greek officials would like the temple to become a beacon of the Aug. 13-29 Olympics.
The illumination of the temple has been on the drawing board for several years as part of a program to light ancient sites such as the Acropolis.
The Summer Games brought added urgency to the plan, but it will be a challenge for crews to finish the wiring in time.
It's another project thrown into high gear at the last minute, which has been criticized as not the most enlightened approach.
No Place for Homeless
With less than two months before the Olympics, officials are putting the word out: Vagrants are not welcome.
Police officers are canvassing places including Omonia Square -- Athens's version of New York's pre-gentrified Times Square -- reminding people that loitering, street vending and drug laws will be strictly enforced.
There have been relatively few arrests so far. Authorities hope the zero-tolerance message will be enough to persuade homeless people and others to retreat from Athens during the games.
And if they don't? Well, that's a matter of debate.
The daily Ta Nea reported Wednesday that a new prison in Athens's western suburbs would be used as a "human warehouse" to tidy up the city for the Summer Games.
"It's a work of science fiction," retorted Justice Minister Anastasis Papaligouras.
He said the facility, a former U.S. military base, will be transformed into a temporary jail for foreigners in case of mass detentions during the Olympics. It will hold up to 250 people arrested on charges calling for deportation rather than long jail time, officials have said.
Papaligouras said the government decided to use the former base because Greece's other prisons were overcrowded.
There's the Olympic flame. Olympic mascots. And now Olympic dust.
The urgency to finish projects is creating swirling clouds of dust that blanket streets, coat eyeglasses and add an annoying edge to the normal smog.
"The Olympic dust is choking Athens," blared a headline in the daily To Vima on Friday.
In nearly every corner of this metropolis of more than 4 million residents -- from chic downtown neighborhoods to the suburbs -- the white, chalky powder is creeping into homes and settling on furniture.