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Boston preps for funeral of former Mayor White

Boston preps for funeral of former Mayor Kevin White; served for 16 sometimes turbulent years By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ' Boston is paying its final respects to former Mayor Kevin White, who served the city for 16 years.

A funeral procession began at the Parkman House on Wednesday and wound its way through downtown streets and the way to St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church in the Back Bay.

Hundreds of people packed the church, including a who's who of Massachusetts politicians, including U.S. John Kerry, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and White's successor, Ray Flynn.

The funeral follows a daylong public viewing of White on Tuesday at the Parkman House near the Statehouse

White died Friday at age 82 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. He served four terms as mayor from 1968 to 1984.

White led the city through some of its toughest times, including the racially turbulent 1970s.

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