Boston mayor Tom Menino has cancer: reports
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[March 17, 2014]
BOSTON (Reuters) — The
longest-serving mayor in Boston history, who stepped down early this
year after 20 years in office, has been diagnosed with an advanced form
of cancer, the Boston Globe reported on Sunday.
Tom Menino, 71, told the newspaper that the cancer has spread to
his liver and lymph nodes.
"It's very simple. I was diagnosed," said Menino, who now teaches at
Boston University. "I've got treatment coming. I believe I'll get
through it. And I'll be at work Monday morning."
The news drew an outpouring of support from local leaders, including
Menino's successor and fellow Democrat Marty Walsh.
"I've never known Tom Menino to back down form a fight, and I don't
expect him to start now," Walsh said. "Our thoughts and prayers are
Menino could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
Menino took office at a tough time for Boston and much of urban
America, facing high crime rates and neighborhoods that were
struggling economically. He oversaw a resurgence of the city, with
crime rates falling and influx of technology investment revitalizing
the local economy.
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He told voters in March 2013 that he planned to retire, after
falling ill on a European vacation, which left him hospitalized for
several weeks. His last year in office was a traumatic one for the
city, with the Boston Marathon bombing attack killing three people
and injuring 264.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; editing by Rosalind Russell)
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