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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/11/2009

Barry Returns to Council Chambers

Marion Barry took his seat in the D.C Council chambers this morning for the first time since surgery to receive a new kidney on Feb. 20.

Barry drew applause and then laughter when he assured the audience: "I'd just like to tell everyone that I AM following the doctor's orders."

"Modern medicine has come a long way," said Barry, who added that he would be on anti-rejection medication for the rest of his life.

Barry, who was readmitted to Howard University Hospital for a few days last week for post-surgical complications, was expected to be home longer, but he was clearly restless. He served as honorary coach for the Council's basketball team Monday night at Verizon Center.

Bill Turque

By Marcia Davis  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/11/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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