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(Russian, pendant), a figured architectural detail, usually in the form of a small inverted pyramid of brick or stone.

A gir’ka is suspended from an iron rod hidden in the structural masonry and serves to support two small decorative arches, usually situated under a large arch that joins them. Gir’ki were widely used in Russian architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries in decorating gates, porticoes, and window apertures.

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Trustees Susan George and Michael O'Dwyer voted no; trustees Nick Girka, Wendy White Eagle and Mike Millett voted in favor of permitting video gambling, forcing Blecker, who only votes to break a tie, to cast the deciding vote.
According to Girka and Mokhov [29], the concentration of carbon vacancies at these temperatures in silicon carbide is very high (from 3 x [10.sup.17] to 5 x [10.sup.17] [cm.sup.-3]) and, according to Gao et al., carbon vacancies exert a strong influence on the diffusion of boron.
Nearly 54 percent of voters in Campton Hills weighed in against allowing video gambling in the village in this week's election, but Trustee Nick Girka doesn't necessarily see it as a defeat for business owners.
"It was a tremendous victory for the businesses," said Girka, who supports video gambling.