• Philip Hoff, 93, former Democratic governor of Vermont credited with starting the state’s transition from one of the most Republican-entrenched states in the U.S. to one of the most liberal, has died.

Hoff, who became the first Democrat elected governor of Vermont in over 100 years in 1962, died Thursday, according to the Residence at Shelburne Bay in Montpelier, Vt., where he lived.

During his six years in office, Hoff helped start a process that evolved into the state’s environmental movement.

The office has since alternated between Democratic and Republican governors.

• Michael Lanier, 48, one of the world’s tallest twins, has died.

Lanier of Troy, Mich., was 7 feet 7 inches. An obituary posted online by Malburg Funeral Home says he died at a hospital Wednesday. WDIV-TV reports that he had cancer complicated by abnormal growth hormone.

Guinness World Records has listed Lanier and brother Jim as the tallest twins.

Lanier played in 19 basketball games at UCLA in the early ’90s. He returned to Michigan and worked as a designer at General Motors.

In 2015, Lanier told WDIV that “it’s always a circus” when new people see him. He said dating was frustrating because he didn’t know whether women were interested in him or just curious about his height.