- The Washington Times - Monday, July 2, 2007

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.

Mr. Sweeney was born in Cleveland in 1924. He was the son of Martin Sweeney, an Ohio congressman who served in the 1930s and 1940s.

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 1958, Mr. Burke defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. John Robsion, a Republican, for a seat in Congress. He won a second term in 1960 by 221 votes, but lost two years later to M.G. “Gene” Snyder.

In 1969, Mr. Burke ran for Louisville mayor and served for four years.

Mr. Burke appointed black candidates to high-level positions when blacks had been hired in lower-level jobs, said Deputy Mayor William Summers IV, who was an aide after Mr. Burke’s election in 1969.

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.

“Fire on the Mountain” became the Tucker Band’s first Top 40 hit single and remains one of the most popular songs in Southern rock.

Mr. McCorkle, who quit the band in 1984, moved to Middle Tennessee in the 1990s and began working full time as a songwriter.

He co-wrote “Cowboy Blues,” which was recorded by Gary Allan for his “Smoke Rings in the Dark” album. Other McCorkle songs recently had been recorded by John Corbett and Beverley Mitchell.

He also played with the Renegades of Southern Rock, a band made up of original members of Wet Willie, the Outlaws and other groups.

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