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Mayor to be released from Spaulding

BOSTON (AP) — A spokesman says Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is heading home after a lengthy hospital stay.

John Guilfoil, the mayor’s spokesman, said Sunday he was to be released by about noon.

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The longest serving mayor in the city’s history went to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to continue his recovery last month after spending about six weeks at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a respiratory infection that developed during a vacation in Italy.

While at the hospital he suffered complications including a compression fracture in a vertebra in his spine. Menino also was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Guilfoil said the mayor has not made a decision about his work schedule. He says his immediate plans are to spend the holidays with his family.

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