CHICAGO -Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick yesterday rejected calls from the City Council for his resignation over allegations that he lied under oath about an extramarital affair with his now former chief of staff.

The City Council, in a 7-to-1 vote, passed a nonbinding resolution requesting that the mayor step down because the scandal is interfering with city business. Kilpatrick's angry tirade in which he used a racial epithet last week in his state of the city address hastened the council's action. The resolution reads that there is growing sentiment among citizens that the council "stand firm against Mayor Kilpatrick and seek his resignation."

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