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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb


    Monday, July 26, 2004

    Baby, it's cold inside 

    For anyone wondering what it's REALLY like to cover the Democratic National Convention, the answer is...it's dang cold.

    Not outside.

    Inside.

    July or no, the media tent's overzealous air conditioning system is inspiring the Knight Ridder scribes to don wool sweaters, winter coats and - in the case of fashionable Alan Bjerga of The Wichita Eagle - a snappy green sweatshirt draped rakishly over his shoulders.

    Mike Erlandson, chairman of the Minnesota DFL, did warn everyone at breakfast Monday that the first day of the convention is always rife with problems.

    We in the press pavillion tried to fix ourselves, by duct-taping over every ventilation hole in the temporary air conditioning tubes. We're quite sure this isn't up to code, but it did raise the temperature above 60 degrees.







    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at


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