DENVER -- As Denver braces for tomorrow's start of the Democratic National Convention, a multi-block perimeter around the convention site is under a heavy blanket of security. Heavily armed police are on foot, on bikes, in armored trucks, in unmarked cruisers, and even driving a pimped-out golf cart borrowed from the Los Angeles police.
Jersey barriers and metal gates are everywhere. Major streets are closed. Helicopters buzz constantly overhead. Major stations in the city's light-rail system are scheduled to be closed from tonight through the end of the convention.
As of mid-afternoon, police had reported few problems and no major arrests. One Denver police officer said there were reports that self-described anarchists are intent on causing trouble, perhaps even planning to physically prevent delegates from entering the hall. Anti-convention activists have loosely organized events planned all week.