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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Vincent Virga has researched, edited and designed picture sections for a couple of hundred books, from John Wayne's "America, Why I Love Her," to Thomas Hoving's "Tutankhamen," to Miles Davis' autobiography, to Jane Fonda's workout book, right up to Kitty Kelley's brand-new "The Royals."But he has never before come up against any project quite so daunting as the Special Collections of the Library of Congress. That includes just about everything the national library holds except its traditional books.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | May 17, 2008
It was pouring when Charles Grene got home to Westminster on Sunday. He dialed the weather phone; the relative humidity was 79 percent. The Weather Channel said it was 81 percent. He's puzzled: "I thought that when it is raining the relative humidity was 100 percent." It is, Grasshopper, at least up where the water vapor is condensing. But the air is often drier at the surface, around our instruments. Raindrops can evaporate as they fall, producing veil-like clouds called "virga."
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By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | April 22, 1992
Baltimore Pizza Crust Co. Inc., which once had nearly 200 workers turning out partly baked pizza crusts for restaurants and hotels, will close its local operations within three months, according to the company's president.Mike Virga said the Lohrs Lane plant in Baltimore has become "fairly obsolete.""We're sorry to do it," he said, "but we are in a market that is significantly shrinking."The 33-year-old local operation is owned by Virga's Pizza Crust Co. of Virginia Inc. The Portsmouth-based company has been battered by competition in recent years, Mr. Virga said.
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By Sources: Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Houghton Mifflin | December 16, 2007
CARTOGRAPHIA: MAPPING CIVILIZATIONS -- Vincent Virga and the Library of Congress Little, Brown & Co. / 266 pages / $60 A map, writes Vincent Virga in the introduction to this splendid volume, is "a dream, an idea, an action, an emblem of human endeavor." Virga - described as "America's foremost picture editor" - traces the history of the quest to organize knowledge through more than 200 maps drawn from the Library of Congress collection, from a Mesopotamian agricultural plan chiseled in cuneiform on a clay tablet (circa 1500 B.C.)
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 1997
NEW YORK -- A pier in Sunset Park collapsed, but Denise Virga thought nothing of it. The attack in Bay Ridge seemed to come one day without warning. By the next morning, the 69th Street pier had been closed, and the ferry that shuttled residents from Virga's Brooklyn neighborhood to Manhattan had lost its stop."
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By James O'Shea and James O'Shea,Chicago Tribune | April 13, 1993
The 1980s started with the hostage crisis that swept Jimmy Carter from the White House and made the Ayatollah Khomeini as notorious as John Dillinger. The decade ended with the collapse of communism, the invasion of Panama, the Tiananmen Square massacre and the death of the ayatollah, whose religious crusade had shaped the period so decisively.In between there were Lech Walesa, El Salvador, "Who shot J. R.?", Mount St. Helens, Col. Muammar el Kadafi, Ronald Reagan, Reverend Moon, George Bush, "Tootsie," Lebanon, Ethiopia, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Bernhard Goetz, Michael Milken, Iran-contra, Jimmy Swaggart, Robert Bork, Madonna -- and Vincent Virga, who has created a memoir of the decade in a powerful photo essay, "The Eighties: Images of America."
NEWS
By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | May 17, 2008
It was pouring when Charles Grene got home to Westminster on Sunday. He dialed the weather phone; the relative humidity was 79 percent. The Weather Channel said it was 81 percent. He's puzzled: "I thought that when it is raining the relative humidity was 100 percent." It is, Grasshopper, at least up where the water vapor is condensing. But the air is often drier at the surface, around our instruments. Raindrops can evaporate as they fall, producing veil-like clouds called "virga."
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May 24, 2007
Bill Sauerwein lives in Phoenix in Baltimore County and watches weather radar. "Several times ... it showed rain over my area, which had no discernible precipitation. Does the radar pick up high-level moisture that for some reason doesn't reach the ground?" he asks. Yes. Rain or snow that forms aloft and evaporates as it falls through drier air below, is called "virga." National Weather Service radar in Sterling, Va., can't see what's happening below 4,000 feet at the 60-mile distance to Phoenix, because of the curvature of the Earth.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1995
The brewmeister will see you. Or so hope the owners of an Ellicott City microbrewery, who obtained a license this week from the Howard County Liquor Board.Serving food and beer, the Talbott's Stone House Inn and the Koenigshaus brewery on Main Street could open by the end of the year, said Liquor Board member Darrel E. Drown.Martin Virga, brewmaster and president of the microbrewery, has said his business would create minimal truck traffic and noise and would emit mild odors similar to a bakery.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1996
Martin Virga considered historic Ellicott City a prime spot to open a microbrewery and restaurant -- until start-up costs doubled to $2 million and delayed the pub's opening a year."
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May 24, 2007
Bill Sauerwein lives in Phoenix in Baltimore County and watches weather radar. "Several times ... it showed rain over my area, which had no discernible precipitation. Does the radar pick up high-level moisture that for some reason doesn't reach the ground?" he asks. Yes. Rain or snow that forms aloft and evaporates as it falls through drier air below, is called "virga." National Weather Service radar in Sterling, Va., can't see what's happening below 4,000 feet at the 60-mile distance to Phoenix, because of the curvature of the Earth.
FEATURES
By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Vincent Virga has researched, edited and designed picture sections for a couple of hundred books, from John Wayne's "America, Why I Love Her," to Thomas Hoving's "Tutankhamen," to Miles Davis' autobiography, to Jane Fonda's workout book, right up to Kitty Kelley's brand-new "The Royals."But he has never before come up against any project quite so daunting as the Special Collections of the Library of Congress. That includes just about everything the national library holds except its traditional books.
NEWS
By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 1997
NEW YORK -- A pier in Sunset Park collapsed, but Denise Virga thought nothing of it. The attack in Bay Ridge seemed to come one day without warning. By the next morning, the 69th Street pier had been closed, and the ferry that shuttled residents from Virga's Brooklyn neighborhood to Manhattan had lost its stop."
NEWS
By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1996
Martin Virga considered historic Ellicott City a prime spot to open a microbrewery and restaurant -- until start-up costs doubled to $2 million and delayed the pub's opening a year."
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1995
The brewmeister will see you. Or so hope the owners of an Ellicott City microbrewery, who obtained a license this week from the Howard County Liquor Board.Serving food and beer, the Talbott's Stone House Inn and the Koenigshaus brewery on Main Street could open by the end of the year, said Liquor Board member Darrel E. Drown.Martin Virga, brewmaster and president of the microbrewery, has said his business would create minimal truck traffic and noise and would emit mild odors similar to a bakery.
FEATURES
By James O'Shea and James O'Shea,Chicago Tribune | April 13, 1993
The 1980s started with the hostage crisis that swept Jimmy Carter from the White House and made the Ayatollah Khomeini as notorious as John Dillinger. The decade ended with the collapse of communism, the invasion of Panama, the Tiananmen Square massacre and the death of the ayatollah, whose religious crusade had shaped the period so decisively.In between there were Lech Walesa, El Salvador, "Who shot J. R.?", Mount St. Helens, Col. Muammar el Kadafi, Ronald Reagan, Reverend Moon, George Bush, "Tootsie," Lebanon, Ethiopia, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Bernhard Goetz, Michael Milken, Iran-contra, Jimmy Swaggart, Robert Bork, Madonna -- and Vincent Virga, who has created a memoir of the decade in a powerful photo essay, "The Eighties: Images of America."
NEWS
By Sources: Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Houghton Mifflin | December 16, 2007
CARTOGRAPHIA: MAPPING CIVILIZATIONS -- Vincent Virga and the Library of Congress Little, Brown & Co. / 266 pages / $60 A map, writes Vincent Virga in the introduction to this splendid volume, is "a dream, an idea, an action, an emblem of human endeavor." Virga - described as "America's foremost picture editor" - traces the history of the quest to organize knowledge through more than 200 maps drawn from the Library of Congress collection, from a Mesopotamian agricultural plan chiseled in cuneiform on a clay tablet (circa 1500 B.C.)
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | April 22, 1992
Baltimore Pizza Crust Co. Inc., which once had nearly 200 workers turning out partly baked pizza crusts for restaurants and hotels, will close its local operations within three months, according to the company's president.Mike Virga said the Lohrs Lane plant in Baltimore has become "fairly obsolete" and has trimmed its staff to 60 workers."We're sorry to do it," he said, "but we are in a market that issignificantly shrinking."The 33-year-old local operation is owned by Virga's Pizza Crust Co. of Virginia Inc. The Portsmouth-based company has been battered by competition in recent years, Mr. Virga said.
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