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Opinion

Lawrence Harmon

Second career for Menino: Working with kids

Mayor Menino gave no hint about his political future when he left the hospital earlier this week. But he telegraphed what he is likely to do if he doesn’t run for reelection next year: Work to improve the lives of Boston’s children.

On Christmas Eve, the ailing mayor headed straight to a youth center in Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, where, predictably, children pressed in on his vehicle. Menino is a kid magnet. He isn’t outwardly entertaining, unless telling a 7-year-old to “stay focused’’ on school work counts as fun. Yet children swarm the mayor wherever he appears. And Menino takes obvious delight in their presence.

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