Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was conspicuous by his absence at Gov. Jennifer Granholm's inaugural events on New
Year's Day. A spokesman for Kilpatrick said Thursday he had a "prior commitment" but declined to elaborate.
Debbie Dingell, a co-chair of Granholm's inaugural committee, said Kilpatrick told her he wanted to stay home to
celebrate his son's first birthday. "When he asked me whether it was a command performance, I said the command
performance is Saturday night when we're in his city," Dingell said. "He said he will be there." For the record,
Kilpatrick's baby son, Jonas, had his first birthday on Dec. 9. But New Year's Day was the birthday of his twin
boys, Jalil and Jelani. Inaugural events in Detroit on Saturday include a $150-a-head party at Ford Field, and a
forum on the role of men in families at the Detroit Science Center. There also will be a governor's receiving
line at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Sunday.