Incoming Detroit mayor: City ready to move forward

DETROIT (AP) -- The man who will take over as Detroit mayor in the wake of Kwame Kilpatrick's departure says it is time to move the city forward.

Ken Cockrel Jr. is asking Detroit residents to put aside all the anger and bitterness of Kilpatrick's seven-months-long sex scandal.

Cockrel, the president of the city council, will take over as mayor in two weeks, but has had months to prepare. Speculation about Kilpatrick's ouster from office began shortly after news of sexually explicit text messages between him and then-top aide Christine Beatty surfaced in late January.

Cockrel spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon, a few hours after Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two felony counts and agreed to leave office.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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