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Convention briefs

By BILL ADAIR

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 15, 2000


LEADING WITH A LAWYER: Dylan McDermott, star of ABC's The Practice, gave the convention's opening session a little bit of Hollywood gloss by joining three children in reading portions of the Declaration of Independence. Then Melissa Ethridge sang a medley of patriotic songs.

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DANCES WITH DEMOCRATS: Kevin Costner greets Larry Strochein and his wife, Sharon, at a reception the actor threw for the South Dakota delegation at his Hollywood home on Monday.

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PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT: Former President Jimmy Carter and Martin Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's The West Wing, shared a table Monday at a lunch for Democratic governors. California's Gov. Gray Davis was the host.

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UPTOWN GIRL: Supermodel Christie Brinkley, one of New York's 294 delegates, videotapes herself on the convention floor.

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ALL THE RAGE: Outside the convention hall in the protest area, rockers Rage Against the Machine were expected to finally give one loud voice to the myriad protesters -- one of whom greeted a group of dark-jacketed party functionaries as they arrived at the convention with this welcome: "It's a great day for a suit, you clueless sheep."

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BARBRA WATCH: With a predictable script on the convention stage, the real intrigue centered on the extracurricular. Specifically, delegates and media asked each other: "Do you have tickets to Streisand?" Barbra's concert Thursday is clearly getting more buzz than Gore's speech earlier that night.

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VOTE FOR OUR DAD: Kristin Gore, left, Al and Tipper's 23-year-old daughter, took time out Monday from her convention duties to ham it up with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. She had big sister Karenna Gore Schiff along, too, but Kristin, who writes for the Fox TV show Futurama, is known as the funny one of the family.

On Sunday night, the sister act took the stage with the Goo Goo Dolls to honor young Democrats at Hollywood's Knitting Factory nightclub.

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RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: Today's Star Tracks includes Star Trek. Kate Mulgrew, who plays Capt. Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager appeared Monday at a meeting of The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. George Takei, Mr. Sulu on the original series, beamed into a People for the American Way party.

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