John Kerry in the convention hall Wednesday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Sen. John Kerry on life in Charlotte, N.C., this week. The Democratic ’04 nominee spoke at a reception here Tuesday evening honoring the EMK Institute for the Study of the Senate. Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd, Deval Patrick, Vicki Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy were among those paying tribute to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy at the first Democratic convention without him in more than 50 years.

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