Plea deal ousts Kilpatrick after an eight-month scandal. Interim mayor inherits a city in a slump.
Kwame Kilpatrick's legal woes could hurt the city's image, and also stall nascent economic development.
Despite counts of perjury, misconduct, and other felonies, Kilpatrick seems determined to remain in office.
Romney's Michigan win deepened GOP uncertainty before crucial upcoming contests.
Now, the Republican presidential nomination battle shifts from the typical tack of achieving inevitability to one where candidates work to amass the most delegates.
The state's economic woes are the central focus for Romney, McCain, and Huckabee before Tuesday's primary.