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Toronto's mayor back in spotlight

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TORONTO (AP) -- Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has jumped back into the spotlight for the first time since being hospitalized for cancer, receiving a boisterous welcome.

Supporters chanted "Rob, Rob," as he took the stage Saturday at an annual family barbeque.

Ford told supporters that he loves them and vowed to beat the cancer he was diagnosed with earlier this month.

Ford refused to step down as mayor despite months of scandal and an admission he used crack cocaine while in a "drunken stupor."

But he bowed out of the race for re-election after doctors detected a tumor in his abdomen. Ford is still running for a seat on the city council. The mayor's brother, Doug, entered the race to replace him.

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