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In Boston, corruption probes shadow the city's administration

Boston's Mayor Kevin White, the feisty Irish Democrat, was the picture of livid indignation. He jabbed a finger toward the bold headlines in the Boston Globe, which charged that another scandal had been uncovered in the mayor's administration. Fumed White: "I shouldn't be sitting in this chair if that's true, not even for five minutes."

Despite the embattled performance, White did not, and could not, deny last week that a number of federal agencies and four U.S. grand juries are looking into allegations of financial misconduct by city officials. The probers include the FBI,...

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