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Menino defends keeping schools open

Mayor Thomas M. Menino defended his decision Friday to keep schools open as a late winter storm surprised Boston with more than a foot of snow.

Almost 40 percent of the city’s 57,000 public school students stayed home, leaving empty desks and vacant seats on the city’s fleet of 700 buses. Forecasts varied drastically and all underestimated the amount and duration of the snow, which city officials had expected to peter out by 9 a.m.

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