Monday, August 25, 2008

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts could make an unscheduled appearance at this week’s Democratic National Convention if his doctors give him the go-ahead, his son says.

“If anything, it’d be an 11th-hour call,” Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat, said in a telephone interview Sunday with the Associated Press. “If he’s up to it in the 11th hour and can get the green light from doctors, he might be able to pull it off.”

The elder Mr. Kennedy, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after he had a seizure in May, will be honored Monday night at the convention in a video tribute. He has had surgery and a six-week course of chemotherapy and radiation.

A surprise appearance by Mr. Kennedy, one of the party’s most popular and prominent figures, could provide an emotional moment for Democrats gathered in Denver. The Massachusetts senator was one of nominee-in-waiting Barack Obama’s strongest and earliest high-profile supporters.

The younger Mr. Kennedy visited his father over the weekend in Hyannis Port, Mass., and was traveling to Denver on Sunday. He said his father’s treatments have gone well. “We need him back in the Senate in September,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Al Jazeera invite no longer Golden

The city manager of Golden, Colo., has decided to withdraw his invitation to let the Al Jazeera news network broadcast from a barbecue in his backyard on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

City manager Mike Bestor has apologized for any divisiveness he caused in the city of about 18,000, about 15 miles west of Denver.

Mr. Bestor made his decision after a City Council meeting last week at which residents complained the event with the network’s English-language service would be disrespectful to veterans and active U.S. soldiers.

The Qatar-based network’s Arabic service has frequently aired tapes of propaganda by Islamist terrorists and their atrocities against U.S. soldiers and civilians.

Delaware gets floor-seat upgrade

Coming from a state with only three electoral votes, Delaware’s delegates might be forgiven for feeling like Rodney Dangerfield at Democratic Party conventions: No respect from other state delegations.

But Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate has put the delegation from Delaware in an unfamiliar spot this year: front and center.

The Delaware delegation received a seating upgrade Sunday on the convention floor in Denver, closer to the podium and close to the Illinois delegation.

“It’s our day in the sunshine,” state party Chairman John Daniello said.

Bar drinks appeal to liberal palates

Several bars around Denver are enticing delegates with special DNC-themed drinks.

The bars Mezcal and Tambien - home of some exclusive Hollywood parties later in the week - are offering the “Lean-n-Green Margarita,” the official margarita of the DNC, featuring agave-certified organic tequila and fresh-squeezed lime juice in a pint glass.

Over at Elway’s in Cherry Creek, bartenders have created four DNC drinks: Prickly Pear Margaritas (Denverites really like Mexican food), Peach Perfected, the Blue State and 5280 Tonic. (There are 5,280 feet in a mile, and Denver is known as the Mile-High City.)

At the Hyatt Regency, they are serving the Star-Spangled Lemon Drop. the Bio-Diesel Martini, the Wind-Powered Chocolate Martini, Greenhouse Punch, Solar-Powered Margarita and Blue-tinis.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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