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It took two years of asking and then a lawsuit, but the Detroit Free Press finally got the mayor’s credit card records. No surprise that the records showed Mayor Kwame Kilpratrick had been a free spender with taxpayer’s money – paying for immediate family and a baby sitter and a sister on trips – and nearly $12,000 for Super Bowl hotel rooms. In sidebars, the newspaper showed selective redactions from the $210,000 in credit card charges and copies of reimbursement checks to the city the day the records were finally released. (5/18/05)