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Two deaths of note to report this morning…

• John Dingell Jr., who served in the US House of Representatives representing a Detroit district for 59 years and 21 days - longer than any other Congress member in history, passed away yesterday. He was 92.

The Wall Street Journal remembers Dingell, writing that “known as a master legislator, the World War II Army veteran and onetime prosecutor chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the height of his power in the House, skillfully—and at times ruthlessly - wielding its gavel to shape legislation involving wide swaths of the American economy.”

Dingell also comes from a tradition of public service. He was preceded in his office by his father, Rep. John Dingell Sr., and succeeded by his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, who remains in office today.

• Frank Robinson, who hit 586 home runs as a Hall of Fame outfielder - mostly with the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles - and then brought his famously feisty, intense and intimidating presence to the dugout as Major League Baseball’s first back manager, has passed away after a long illness. He was 83.

Robinson is the only winner of the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National and American Leagues.
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