The Note

The Boston Globe 's Anthony Flint headlines the paper with something sure to make everyone smile this weekend: "Massive closing of roads set for convention week." LINK

The Boston Herald's Jack Meyers writes, "Unprecedented security will turn Boston into a fortress during this summer's Democratic National Convention as commuters face gridlock at every turn — all for a made-for-TV event starring an already certain presidential nominee." LINK

"Now that the extent of road closings has been made public, an inherent tension is emerging for local convention planners. The desire to make the convention a community celebration is rubbing up against security precautions ordered for the first political convention since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks," writes the Boston Globe 's Rick Klein. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Diane Lewis and Mac Daniel report that "some Massachusetts workers have already planned an escape from the hubbub, headaches, and hellish commute: They're taking vacation." LINK

The Boston Herald's Greg Gatlin writes, "Hospitality insiders say just getting employees to and from work will be a major ordeal. Gridlock and fears of gridlock are expected to wipe out nonconvention-related business." LINK

The Boston Globe 's Kimberly Blanton writes about how some downtown businesses are going to handle the commuting problems. LINK

The Globe's ed board does not like what they heard yesterday about the road closings. LINK

The New York Times ' Michael Slackman on Wall Street's plans to toast the GOP when the Republicans convene in the Big Apple. LINK ABC News Vote 2004: the gubernatorial races:

The Indianapolis Star's Matthew Tully and Mary Beth Schneider report on a new poll by the paper and local station WTHR that shows Mitch Daniels leading Gov. Joe Kernan by 46% to 40% and bad wrong-track news for the governor. LINK

The Deseret Morning News' Bob Bernick Jr. reports that the Utah GOP primary "turned angry Thursday when Jon Huntsman Jr.'s campaign released a tape recording of a Nolan Karras campaign volunteer making political threats against the Huntsman family." LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

The New York Daily News reports the former President is feeling mighty chatty these days — we bet Peter King enjoyed that 6:30 am wakeup call … LINK The Washington Post reports that Senator Hillary Clinton will make her maiden appearance on Fox News Sunday this weekend. LINK Politics:

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is playing hardball to get legislators to raise some taxes and cut corporate tax breaks by threatening to lay off 5,000 state employees, the Chicago Sun-Times' Dave McKinney and Leslie Griffey report. Unsurprisingly, AFSCME, which supported Blagojevich in 2002, is apoplectic. LINK Note to those in charge of Democratic voter registration efforts: you're missing an untapped resource in strip clubs. LINK

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