Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries

Sacramento poet Ann Menebroker dies at 80

Ann Menebroker, a poet of international stature and a Sacramento resident, died July 9 at age 80 from cancer. She wrote more than 20 books of poetry, appeared in numerous anthologies, curated a poetry journal and contributed to a wide range of small-press poetry magazines.

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Michael J. Virga presided over high-profile cases as a Superior Court judge

Michael J. Virga was a big man with a booming voice and a hearty laugh – physical characteristics that family and colleagues say were matched by his keen intellect and a passion for justice. Virga, who served two decades as a Sacramento Superior Court judge, handling such high-profile cases as the Dorothea Puente trial, died July 9 at age 84.

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