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Menino, State of the City speech will draw scrutiny

Address tomorrow may say much about his future

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will stand on a political precipice Tuesday night when he enters a packed Faneuil Hall, confronted by a 50-foot walk up the center aisle to a podium for one of the most significant moments in his civic life.

Stepping onto the red carpet with a cane, Menino will face Massachusetts’ political establishment. It will mark the mayor’s return to the public stage after the longest absence of his career, a trying stretch that has included an eight-week hospital stay and continued convalescence as he has struggled to walk.

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