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Democrats certify final delegations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Two weeks before 56 delegations from across the world converge on Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, the party on Monday unveiled its list of 5,963 certified delegates.

“Our largest number ever,” tweeted Kristie Greco, communications director for the Democratic National Convention Committee.

California will bring 610 delegates, far more than North Carolina’s 158. Charlotte-bound delegates will range in ages from 18 to 97-year-old Elzena Johnson of Terry, Miss.

And though the outcome is a foregone conclusion, the delegates will assemble here to ultimately nominate their candidates, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, to run against the GOP ticket. David Perlmutt

Foxx hosts town hall on Wednesday

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday on the city’s preparations for the Democratic National Convention. The hourlong session will be at 7 p.m. at Biddle Hall on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road.

Foxx, who will also discuss his vision for the city, will make opening remarks, then take questions. He will be joined by representatives of the police department and the Charlotte Area Transportation System. CATS will have an information table.

The meeting is the third in a series on Charlotte’s future. Foxx plans a fourth, in north Charlotte, during the fall. Michael Gordon

Tampa forecasters: Too early to panic

With an eye on a storm developing in the mid-Atlantic Ocean just days before the Republican convention, political pundits and forecasters on Monday discussed the prospect of a hurricane hitting Tampa.

So far, the system isn’t even a tropical storm. It’s a tropical wave nearly 1,000 miles away from the Lesser Antilles. It’s expected to become a tropical depression within the next 48 hours and could grow into Isaac, the season’s ninth named storm.

Experts said there’s no clear threat to the U.S., let alone Tampa Bay.

“There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the track and intensity forecasts of this storm,” National Hurricane Center forecaster Michael Brennan said.

Historically, 16 percent of storms positioned where the tropical wave was Monday go on to hit the U.S. Tampa Bay Times

Ann Romney featured speaker at RNC

Ann Romney will headline the opening night of the Republican convention.

The wife of GOP nominee Mitt Romney will take the stage Monday in the evening session of the convention themed “A Better Future.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott will also speak that night.

Other Monday speakers include House Speaker John Boehner; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; former Democratic congressman Artur Davis; Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz; S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and Lucé Vela Fortuño, the first lady of Puerto Rico. Tampa Bay Times

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