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      Boston mayor says Detroit should be blown up, later apologizes

      Mayor Thomas Menino said that Detroit should be blown up. Later a spokesperson apologized for the mayor's comments.

      A spokeswoman for Boston's mayor says Thomas Menino is sorry his published remarks that Detroit should be blown up and started over caused offense in the Motor City.

      On Tuesday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing accused his Boston counterpart of insensitivity for the statements included in an interview in the New York Times Magazine.

      Bing says the choice of words is "extremely regrettable."

      Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce says her boss "feels strongly about cities," cares about Detroit's problems and "would like to help in any way he can."

      Joyce says "the mayor is sorry that people have taken offense."