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Dems ‘balance’ Catholic speakers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Democrats are giving a convention speaking slot to Sister Simone Campbell, an outspoken advocate for the poor and elderly, according to a presidential aide.

In doing so, the Democratic Party has balanced its own Catholic ticket by showcasing both Sister Campbell, who pushed for the passage of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who is suing the White House over a provision in the health care overhaul that requires employers to cover birth control in employee insurance plans.

Earlier, Dolan was picked to deliver the closing prayers at the Republican and Democratic conventions. New York Times

Uptown police office to close for DNC

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s uptown headquarters will be closed to the public during the Democratic convention.

The building, on East Trade Street, will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Sept. 7.

Anyone who needs to get a police report during that period should go to a CMPD division office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To find division offices across the city, visit www.cmpd.org. Reports will also be available at 4150 Wilkinson Blvd.

CMPD’s Property Control will temporarily move to the West Service Center. Police encourage anyone who wants to pick up property to call ahead at 704-398-6700. Meghan Cooke

BET to tape town hall meeting

A town hall meeting focusing on voting and civil rights will be held Sundayat Charlotte School of Law as part of the 2012 Respect My Vote campaign presented by the Hip Hop Caucus in conjunction with the Black Entertainment Network.

Respect My Vote is a non-partisan voter engagement group that targets younger citizens.

Seating for the free event, which begins at 2 p.m., is limited. Tickets can be ordered through http://respectmyvote.com/bet. Mark Washburn

Rubio interrupted by hecklers at RNC

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was interrupted by hecklers Tuesday during a speech to delegates.

The heckling began midway through Rubio’s remarks, when a man with a tattoo on his neck stood up and shouted “Hey Rubio!”

“We demand that the GOP stop whoring themselves out to the big money interests that are raping this planet in trying to squeeze every last dime out of the working class,” the man shouted to Rubio.

Rubio handled the interruption with humor, to the delight of the crowd. Tampa Bay Times

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