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MA: Menino wins big

— "Sixteen years after he rose to power as an unassuming master of street-level minutiae, Thomas Michael Menino cemented his place as a singular force in urban American politics yesterday, withstanding his fiercest challenge yet to capture an unprecedented fifth term in office and extend the longest mayoral reign in Boston's history," The Boston Globe reports. "The 66-year-old former insurance salesman from Hyde Park easily defeated Councilor at Large Michael F. Flaherty Jr., 57 percent to 42 percent. More than 110,000 voters went to the polls, the highest number in a mayoral election since 1993."