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Thomas Menino, A Boston Political Giant, Dies

wbur.org — BOSTON - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, who guided the city for 20 transformative years, has lost his last battle. He passed away of cancer. He was 71. Thomas Michael Menino was a husband, a father, a grandfather; a lover of the city of Boston and the fact that he could change people's lives, just by being mayor.
Oct 30, 2014

Thomas Menino, A Boston Political Giant, Dies wbur.fm/1tFJrcz Services: StartingSun10am lying in repose FaneuilHall.PrivateMas Mon.

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RT @Zeninjor: "'Tommy,' I said, 'I'm the mayor. Wheel me to the pulpit. I'm going to stand up.' " - Former mayor Tom Menino wbur.fm/1tFJrcz

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"'Tommy,' I said, 'I'm the mayor. Wheel me to the pulpit. I'm going to stand up.' " - Former mayor Tom Menino wbur.fm/1tFJrcz

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Timeline: The Life And Career Of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

wbur.org — As Boston's longest serving mayor, Menino led the city through a lot of transformation over the 20 years he spent at its helm.
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RT @benswasey: Menino's life and career. Check out our lovely timeline, put together by @Zeninjor: wbur.fm/1tmaNTA

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"This is a city that's very special, a city that really cares for each other" - Menino wbur.fm/1nTBAr8

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Menino on nickname: "Oh it’s a wonderful name. Just think about it, I’m “Mumbles” but I’ve been mayor of 20 years." wbur.fm/1wKngCF

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"I love the city and cities all over America. I love how they bring people together." - Menino wbur.fm/106BXmN

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"I want a city that's energized with new ideas and creative ideas." - Mayor Menino wbur.fm/1sLwxVd

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Photos: Mayor Menino Through The Years

wbur.org — A look at the life and political career of former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Thomas Menino: The Education Mayor

learninglab.wbur.org — In his State of the City speech in 1996, delivered to a packed crowd at Jeremiah Burke High School, Mayor Thomas M. Menino famously said if he failed to improve schools in Boston "then judge me harshly." "I want to be judged as your mayor by what happens now in the Boston public schools," he [...]
Oct 30, 2014

RT @learninglabma: Thomas Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, championed public education during his tenure. learninglab.wbur.org/2014/10/30/tho…

Inventor Of 'Operation' Game Says He Can't Afford His Own Operation

wbur.org — The man who invented the legendary game "Operation" says he can't afford his own operation. Back in the '60s, John Spinello missed out on a whole lot of money, when he sold the patent to his game for just $500.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @WBUR: The man who invented the legendary game "Operation" says he can't afford his own operation: wbur.fm/1039RZY pic.twitter.com/uKX6TYRc6Y

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RT @WBUR: The man who invented the legendary game "Operation" says he can't afford his own operation: wbur.fm/1039RZY pic.twitter.com/uKX6TYRc6Y

Oct 30, 2014

Inventor Of 'Operation' Game Says He Can't Afford His Own Operation wbur.org/npr/359915688/…

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

hereandnow.wbur.org — At the heart of Mark McClusky 's new book is this basic premise: "At this point," he writes, "we've made most of the big leaps in our natural physical capacity." And for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about "the aggregation of marginal gains."

‘Urban Mechanic’ Menino Never Wanted To Be Anything More Than Mayor

wbur.org — BOSTON - From his parade stand as Boston's mayor, Thomas Menino saw three presidents, five governors and eight world champion teams pass by. He set his own world record in the long jump, perhaps, by getting to be mayor in the first place. But once there, Menino set another record for longevity.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @wbur: The "Urban Mechanic" Menino never wanted to be anything more than mayor, by @davidboeri: wbur.fm/1yJRw08

Menino Put Stamp On Boston’s Skyline

wbur.org — BOSTON - Most of today's college students in Boston weren't even born when Thomas Menino started his stint as mayor in 1993. And the city looked very different then. As Bostonians say goodbye to their former longtime mayor, who passed away Thursday at 71, they're working and living in a city that Menino helped shape, old neighborhoods and new developments alike.

Reporter Takes Rare North Korea Road Trip

hereandnow.wbur.org — North Korean officials have announced they will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus. An announcement distributed to foreign diplomatic missions in Pyongyang said that, regardless of country or region of origin, all foreigners will be quarantined under medical observation for 21 days.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: 1,300-mile road trip across North Korea: Pyongyang Bureau Chief @EricTalmadge tells @HereandNow what he saw. Replay: apne.ws/13lywef

Oct 30, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: 1,300-mile road trip across North Korea: @EricTalmadge describes what he saw, on @HereandNow at 12:40 p.m. ET apne.ws/13l4fvZ

In Hyde Park, Everyone Has A Menino Story To Tell

wbur.org — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's imprint is on dozens of multi-million dollar initiatives around the city. But it's also everywhere in Readville, the section of Hyde Park where Menino, who passed away Thursday at 71, was born, raised his own children, and was called Tommy as often as he was called mayor.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @WBUR: In Hyde Park-where Menino was called "Tommy" as often as "mayor"-everyone has a story to tell about the former mayor: wbur.fm/13nPUin

Soylent Isn’t People; But Is It The End Of Food?

onpoint.wbur.org — Soylent Isn't People; But Is It The End Of Food? Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?
Oct 30, 2014

RT @OnPointRadio: 'I lived on Soylent for a week; I forsook all food, and I did not die.' @Lee_Ars wbur.fm/1DxipoW

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RT @OnPointRadio: 'I lived on Soylent for a week; I forsook all food, and I did not die.' @Lee_Ars wbur.fm/1DxipoW

Why Homeownership Isn’t Catching Up With The Rest Of The Economy

onpoint.wbur.org — Why Homeownership Isn't Catching Up With The Rest Of The Economy Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren't buying. We'll look at what American's think now about owning a home. Guests Susan Wachter , professor of real estate and finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @OnPointRadio: 'Young people are moving back into the cities...when you're in the city, you pay higher home prices.' @DKThomp wbur.fm/1034R7n

The Bionic Mind: Building Brain Implants To Fight Depression, PTSD

commonhealth.wbur.org — The Bionic Mind: Building Brain Implants To Fight Depression, PTSD Ten years ago, with little warning, Liss Murphy fell victim to paralyzing depression, a "complete shutdown." She was 31, living in Chicago and working in public relations. The morning of Aug. 13, 2004, she had gone in to the office as usual.
Oct 30, 2014

Really interesting @commonhealth on building brain implants to fight depression and PTSD: wbur.fm/105k8Vh

Moving Lines: Tracking Poll Shows Which Voting Blocs Have Shifted Toward Baker

wbur.org — The final WBUR Tracking Poll shows Republican Charlie Baker with a single-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for governor. Our first tracking poll, released before the primary, showed Coakley up 7 over Baker in a then-hypothetical match-up. Our polling shows that Coakley's support has stayed mostly flat since then, while Baker has climbed up to meet her.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @benswasey: Big Poll Vault piece today: Here's exactly which voting blocs our poll says have shifted to Baker: wbur.fm/105f6YS #magov #mapoli

Oct 30, 2014

Big Poll Vault piece today: Here's exactly which voting blocs our poll says have shifted to Baker: wbur.fm/105f6YS #magov #mapoli

Gov’s Race Polls Offer Little Consistency

wbur.org — "There's only one poll that matters, and that's on Election Day." Candidates and campaign strategists often use the hackneyed, largely inaccurate oversimplification to deflect attention from polls showing them trailing. It's not accurate because if the polls show you are consistently trailing, your odds of winning are demonstrably worse.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @skoczela: New on Poll Vault: Unlike previous cycles, polls offer little certainty for #magov this year. wbur.org/2014/10/30/coa…

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RT @skoczela: Are you confident about the #magov outcome? I'd love to know why. wbur.org/2014/10/30/coa…

Mayor Menino Leaves A Lasting Legacy In The Arts

artery.wbur.org — The Boston Theater Critics Association kicked off its annual Elliot Norton Awards ceremony earlier this month with a special tribute to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicating its July production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" on Boston Common to the mayor and First Lady Angela Menino.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @wbur: Menino leaves behind a city far richer in arts and culture than when he took office: wbur.fm/1zjDbdX via @WBURartery

In Tennessee, A Ballot Question Over The Best Way To Elect Judges

hereandnow.wbur.org — Across the county, record amounts of money will be spent on judicial races this year. Much of that money comes from special interest groups, drawing criticism from advocates who say judgeships are up for sale like never before. In November, voters in Tennessee will face a ballot question over the future of judicial elections in their state.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @hereandnow: Critics of judicial elections argue judgeships are for sale like never before, reports @BobbyAllyn hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/10/30/jud…

Remembering Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Sports Legacy

onlyagame.wbur.org — There are plenty of ways to measure Tom Menino's legacy as Boston mayor. There are terms in office: five. There are years in office: 20. And then there are championships. As mayor from 1993 to 2014, Menino, who died Thursday at the age of 71, oversaw the greatest all-around era in Boston sports history.
Oct 30, 2014

How Menino blocked a Patriots stadium from the Seaport and helped save Fenway: wbur.fm/1wJqSDc

In Remembrance: Boston Reflects On Former Mayor Menino

wbur.org — Remembrances poured in through social media after the news that Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, died Thursday at 71 after battling cancer.