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Patrick To Be Sworn In For 2nd Term

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Gov. Deval Patrick begins his second term shortly after noon Thursday. That's when he'll be sworn in at the State House.

Patrick is holding a toned-down inauguration in recognition of hard times. There will be no outdoor swearing-in with thousands of people spilling down Beacon Hill onto Boston Common, as there were four years ago when Patrick became the state's first African-American governor.

This year, Patrick bows to a more reserved tradition. He will be sworn in inside the chamber of the Massachusetts House.

He will bring back one piece of the ceremony of four years ago: he'll be swearing his oath of office on the Mende Bible, given to John Quincy Adams by the Africans who took over the slave ship Amistad.

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Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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