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Mayoral run by Thomas Menino still uncertain

The hints say ‘yes.’ And ‘no.’

Signs pointing to a run for a sixth term are easy to spot: Mayor Thomas M. Menino has turned feisty and combative in a series of television interviews, branding the mayoral campaign of City Councilor John R. Connolly as the quest of a “nice boy.”

He has ramped up his public schedule, hitting his well-worn circuit of ribbon cuttings and community meetings — with a few stops on Connolly’s home turf, West Roxbury. And then there’s his almost svelte physique and trimmer suits, evidence of the strict diet since being diagnosed with diabetes. It all gives him the look of someone getting back into fighting shape.

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