Archive for Saturday, June 30, 2001

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June 30, 2001


Cleveland: Dole goes home from hospital

Bob Dole was released from the hospital Friday, two days after undergoing an experimental procedure to treat an aneurysm.

Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate, had a tube inserted into his aorta the body's main blood vessel near where it passes the kidneys.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic inserted the tube through a blood vessel in Dole's leg, avoiding the need for a major abdominal incision to repair the aneurysm, a weakening in the wall of a blood vessel. In the aorta, it can burst and kill nearly instantly.

The condition, called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, affects about 1.5 million older Americans each year.

Dole, 77, was Senate majority leader from 1995 until he ran for president. He now works for a Washington lobbying firm.

Washington, D.C.: Surgeon general feels chill

The White House signaled President Bush's frustration with Surgeon General David Satcher, a day after the Clinton appointee issued a frank and controversial report on sex education.

"The president thinks abstinence education is important," Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer said Friday in response to Satcher's report, which called on communities to provide lifelong sex education, encouraging abstinence as well as birth control. Satcher also said Americans should develop greater understanding toward gays and lesbians.

Bush advisers said conservative groups, the core of his political base, are demanding Satcher's resignation. One senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Bush strongly objected to portions of Satcher's report and had little confidence in him.

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