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Robert E. Sweeney, 82, former congressman
CLEVELAND (AP) Robert E. Sweeney, a former congressman and Democratic candidate for Ohio attorney general, died June 30 at his home in Gates Mills after battling numerous illnesses that began with a heart attack in 1999. He was 82.
Mr. Sweeney was the Democrats' nominee for Ohio attorney general in 1962 and 1966, losing both times to Republican William Saxbe, who went on to become U.S. attorney general under Presidents Nixon and Ford. He held an at-large seat in the U.S. Congress from 1965 to 1967. The seat was then eliminated by redistricting.
After serving four years as a Cuyahoga County commissioner, Mr. Sweeney left public office in 1980 and focused on his law firm, helping found the Asbestos Litigation Group, a group of lawyers specializing in health-related asbestos claims.
Frank Welsh Burke Sr., 87, former congressman
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Frank Welsh Burke Sr., a former congressman, state representative and Louisville mayor, died June 29. He was 87.
Mr. Burke was remembered as a public servant who pushed to integrate city government and supported labor unions. He started in Louisville city government, working in the law department and eventually became the city’s safety director. A Democrat, he later ran successfully for a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
In 1969, Mr. Burke ran for Louisville mayor and served for four years.
Mr. Burke was a lawyer and worked for the law firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs until he stopped practicing in 2005, friend Henri Mangeot said.
George McCorkle, 60, musician
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) George McCorkle, a founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band who wrote the Southern rock favorite “Fire on the Mountain,” died June 29 at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn. He was 60 and recently had been diagnosed with cancer.
Mr. McCorkle wrote “Fire on the Mountain” in hopes it would be included on longtime friend Charlie Daniels’ album of the same title. When Mr. Daniels ended up not using it, the Marshall Tucker Band put it on the “Searchin’ for a Rainbow” album in 1975.
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