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Rep. Joseph Moakley Hospitalized

April 7, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Joseph Moakley, D-Mass., remained hospitalized Saturday while recovering from a high fever that struck him three days ago.

Kevin Ryan, Moakley’s congressional chief of staff, said the congressman’s fever had broken. Doctors wanted Moakley to remain at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., at least through the weekend for observation, Ryan said.

``He feels better today,″ Ryan said Saturday. ``But they’re not telling us when they’re going to release him.″

Moakley, 73, announced Feb. 12 that he has an incurable form of leukemia and will not seek re-election. He had been scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Friday’s Boston Red Sox home opener.

``We were looking forward to that,″ said Ryan. ``We’ll be there later in the season.″

On April 18 a courthouse in Boston will be renamed after Moakley. Fred Clark, Moakley’s district director, said the representative is ``looking forward to the dedication and all the festivities.″

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