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The Boston Globe


Menino eager to return to City Hall

A visibly weakened Mayor Thomas M. Menino faced report­ers Thursday for the first time in almost seven weeks, showing flashes of humor and openly pondering his political legacy.

Menino, seated for the 16-minute session at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, ­answered questions about city government, political plans, his lengthy hospital stay, and his recent diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes. After a morning occu­pational therapy session, Menino appeared tired, frequently closed his eyes, and spoke slowly, a result of anti­biotics and painkillers, as well as medical tests, his staff said.

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