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One mayor quits

For much of last week, the mercurial but besieged mayor of 16 years once again had the spotlight entirely to himself. As rumors swirled through a breathless Boston that Kevin White, 53, would soon announce whether he would run for a fifth consecutive term, White holed up in a Manhattan hotel. On Thursday evening he finally put the speculation to rest. With his old characteristic flair, the telegenic mayor announced in a taped, five-minute television broadcast that he was stepping down. "There comes a time in the life of every man...

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