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Mayor apologizes in TV speech

DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded for forgiveness from his family and his constituents yesterday in an emotional televised speech, his delayed response to recently revealed racy text messages that contradict his sworn testimony that he did not have a physical relationship with a key aide.

“I truly apologize to you,” Mr. Kilpatrick said, turning to his wife, Carlita, who sat by his side, holding his hand, at their family church.

“I am the mayor. I made the mistake,” he told Detroit residents, looking into the camera. “I am accountable.”

He did not specify, however, for what he was apologizing, saying legal matters prevented him from doing so. A prosecutor is investigating whether the mayor and chief of staff Christine Beatty lied under oath during a whistleblower’s lawsuit last summer in which both denied having a physical relationship. Lying under oath can be penalized by 15 years’ imprisonment.

Mr. Kilpatrick vowed to remain mayor in his speech, which aired live in prime time on Detroit television stations. Mrs. Kilpatrick also spoke yesterday, describing the pain her husband had caused, but urging the city to remain committed to him.

“I am angry, hurt and disappointed,” she said. “But no question I love my husband.”


2 men, teen found dead in home

ALBANY — A teenage boy and two men were found dead yesterday in an apparent homicide in a house not far from the governor’s mansion, police said.

A family member found the bodies on the second floor, police spokesman James Miller said.

He did not identify the victims or say how they died, except that it was apparently a homicide. Their ages were 16, 26 and 30, and two of the three have been positively identified, Mr. Miller said.

Investigators did not have a motive, he said.

The neighborhood is a mix of densely packed one- and two-family houses about five blocks from the governor’s mansion.


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