Bush be­gins third week in hospi­tal

Austin American-Statesman - - BALANCED VIEWS -

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush re­mains in sta­ble con­di­tion in his third week of hos­pi­tal­iza­tion in Hous­ton for treat­ment of a bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough. Methodist Hospi­tal spokesman Ge­orge Ko­vacik said there was no change in the 88-year-old Bush’s con­di­tion Sun­day. Doc­tors have said over the past sev­eral days that the 41st pres­i­dent con­tin­ues to im­prove but they are in no hurry to re­lease him.

An at­tor­ney for a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia ter­ror sus­pect is ques­tion­ing au­thor­i­ties’ han­dling of his client, who had in­juries to his face and head when he was turned over to the FBI by U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials in Afghanistan. Lawyer Jef­frey Aaron said that when So­hiel Omar Kabir ar­rived in Cal­i­for­nia last week he had a bro­ken fa­cial bone, lac­er­a­tions and was suf­fer­ing from me­mory loss. Kabir, a U.S. cit­i­zen, is the sus­pected ring­leader of a plot to kill Amer­i­cans and bomb mil­i­tary bases overseas. He and three other de­fen­dants have pleaded not guilty in fed­eral court.

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