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Good seat at BofA? Michelle’s got deal

Want a good seat at Bank of America Stadium to watch President Barack Obama give his acceptance speech Sept. 6? Michelle Obama’s got an offer for you.

In an email, she announced a chance to meet her husband and sit near her during his speech. All for a contribution of $5 or more.

That would come with a flight to Charlotte and three nights in a hotel for the winner and a guest. The winner would get “some of the best seats in the house to watch the big speeches,” she wrote.

Jim Morrill

CMPD warns TV stations of trouble

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police warned local TV stations this week to be on the lookout for trouble during the convention.

Ana McKenzie, news editor for Charlotte’s Creative Loafing, noticed a posting on the website for the “hactivist” group Anonymous. On a blog, McKenzie quoted part of the message: “#protip: You might not want to set up too close to a news truck. Anonymous haz a plan.”

Rob Tufano, CMPD spokesman, shared McKenzie’s post with stations.

“Although cryptic in nature, we as an organization take these veiled threats seriously and ask that your respective news stations do the same.”

On the blog, McKenzie had the last word on the threat, in the vernacular in which it was delivered. “I iz scared,” she wrote. Mark Washburn

ABC slates 10 p.m. special for DNC

ABC announced Thursday that it will broadcast an hour of coverage at 10 p.m. each night of the convention, led by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos.

Coverage will extend to all of ABC’s daily newscasts – “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” – originating from Charlotte. Stephanopoulos, chief political correspondent and anchor of “This Week,” will co-anchor “GMA” that week.

ABC’s team includes senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl on the convention floor, senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper covering Obama’s campaign, correspondent Cecilia Vega, and analysts Matthew Dowd, George Will, Cokie Roberts and Donna Brazile.

Terry Moran will anchor special editions of “Nightline” from Charlotte. Mark Washburn

Former Obama backer speaks to RNC

Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, who officially seconded President Obama’s nomination at the 2008 Democratic convention, said Wednesday that he will address the Republican convention – calling for Obama’s defeat.

Davis, 44, who served in the House as a Democrat from Alabama from 2003 to 2011, said he has been given a speaking slot at the Aug. 27-30 GOP convention in Tampa.

Davis said he planned to speak for millions of Americans who, like him, had traced a path from hope to disillusionment with Obama. After spending his entire political career as a Democrat, Davis declared in May that he has become a Republican.

Washington Post

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