Ex-DC mayor Barry: Stronger after medical stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia mayor and current councilman Marion Barry is set to be released from a center where he spent 16 days trying to regain his mobility.

Barry has had two lengthy hospitalizations this year, fighting infections and other complications from diabetes. After his second hospital stay, he was admitted into the Medstar National Rehabilitation Network.

Barry says in a statement that he'll be released Wednesday afternoon. He says he feels much better and is getting stronger every day.

He turns 78 on Thursday.

Barry represents Ward 8, the city's poorest ward, on the D.C. Council. He was elected to a third consecutive term in 2012.

In addition to diabetes, he has survived prostate cancer and kidney failure that required a transplant five years ago.