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Whole fruit, tennis balls, selfie sticks banned at RNC

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What do whole fruit, tennis balls, and selfie sticks have in common?

They're all on the list of banned items at this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

GOP convention staff have posted a list of "prohibited items" inside the convention complex that also includes drones, baseballs, and coolers. In addition, conference organizers have banned items more commonly considered to be potentially harmful, such as weapons, "replicas of weapons," knives ("regardless of size"), fireworks and pepper spray.

This catalog stands in addition to an extensive list of items prohibited items — including canned goods, umbrellas with metal tips, and water guns — for the area around the convention.

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Tens of thousands of people — journalists, delegates, and protesters — are expected to flock this week to Cleveland for the confab, which runs from Monday to Thursday. The party is expected to pick Donald Trump as its nominee for president in the Quicken Loans Arena, which is surrounded by a security perimeter.

The Republican National Committee did not return a request for comment about why certain objects were banned inside the perimeter. But over the past week, questions about the confab's security have come to the forefront.

Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, has called for a temporary ban on the open carrying of guns. Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican and former presidential candidate, responded to Loomis' request, saying "Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested."

The city has ramped up security in advance of the event. According to Loomis, about 3,100 uniformed officers will be on duty, including some police coming from out of state. Officials also extended the hours of the municipal court during the convention week and cleared 1,000 spaces in area jails in anticipation of an influx of arrested protesters.

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The convention in Ohio follows several weeks of violence and racial tension in the country. Earlier this month, five police officers were slain in Dallas during a demonstration to protest the deaths of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. On Sunday, three law enforcement officers were killed in Baton Rouge.


Meg Bernhard can be reached at meg.bernhard@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meg_bernhard.