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Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71
Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor and one who checked himself out of the hospital in the wake of the marathon bombings to comfort residents, died Thursday after a battle with cancer,  spokeswoman Dot Joyce confirmed. He was 71. "Boston has lost a political giant," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. "And we thank God for the service and the life of Tom Menino." Menino, a Democrat, served five terms as mayor, starting in 1993 and ending in January. President Obama, who said he spoke to Menino's wife, Angela, on Wednesay, said the former mayor was "big hearted and Boston strong."  "His legacy lives on in every...

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