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Funeral to Be Held for Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci

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    Funeral to Be Held for Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci
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    The Latest on Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking politician who led the city of Providence during a turbulent and troubled six terms as mayor, being laid to rest in an event as big as his personality (all times local):

    8:30 a.m.

    Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci's casket has been removed from city hall and brought through the city streets by horse-drawn carriage to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

    Cianci's funeral is being held Monday at the Roman Catholic cathedral.

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Cianci (see-AN'-see) died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city's longest-serving mayor, but was forced from office twice due to felonies.

    Providence police officers and firefighters lined the steps of city hall as Cianci's casket was brought out and placed onto the carriage.

    Dozens of people gathered by city hall to watch and take photos. Local television stations broadcast live from the scene as snow fell.

    A bagpiper and police led the carriage along Dorrance Street.

    Mourners walked slowly alongside, followed by Cianci's family in a limousine.

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    1:30 a.m.

    Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking politician who led the city of Providence through a turbulent and troubled six terms as mayor, will be laid to rest.

    The former mayor died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was forced from office twice due to felonies.

    Cianci's casket will be removed from City Hall Monday morning and brought through the city by horse-drawn carriage to the cathedral, where the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence will preside over his funeral.

    Since his death, Cianci has been remembered as one of America's most colorful and skilled retail politicians, who became known nationally for one-liners, endless TV appearances and his own brand of pasta sauce.

    But he also is remembered as someone who was deeply flawed and presided over years of widespread corruption.

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