2012 Democratic National Convention | Charlotte

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DNC 2012: 2 Clintons are in, but no Hillary

Turns out Bubba isn’t the only Clinton coming to Charlotte for the Big Show.

No, Hillary won’t be here – the SOS has to avoid partisan events.

Guess again . . . Yes! Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

She’ll be here as an NBC correspondent co-moderating “Conversations with the Next Generation,” a town hall set for 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Discovery Place’s 3D Theatre.

Spencer in town, helping Obama

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer of “The Help” fame spent last weekend in and around Charlotte, promoting TINKPresident Barack Obama’s re-election bid at barber shops and beauty parlors.

Among her stops: Heads Up in north Charlotte.

“She really talked about getting out the vote and how Obama needed our support,” reported owner Reginald Kennedy. “She’s a real people person. It’s like she knew everybody.”

Foreign press has arrived

Hope Charlotte is ready for its close-up. The international media are already landing.

The latest visitors to the Levine Museum of the New South for a crash course in CLT: The Times of London and L’espresso, Italy’s version of TIME magazine.

“We’re usually the folks they come to first when they start their trip,” Tom Hanchett, museum historian, said about the media invasion.

Belk veep will blog with style

Observer Party Girl Olivia Fortson reports: Belk’s Arlene Goldstein will be blogging about convention fashion for the HuffPost.

Her job at the department store chain: vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction.

HuffPost will showcase her eye for style as she e-talks about the fashions she sees during the DNC at Belk in SouthPark mall.

Contact Tim at tfunk@charlotteobserver.com; 704-358-5703.
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