Playing in the Mist

James Penrod, 3, of McCandles runs through the mist of Cloud Arbor at Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square on Monday, June 29, 2015.

Soggy City

Keri Harmicar of the North Side walks along Fort Duquesne Blvd., on a rainy Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Battle Flag

'I usually fly the Texas national flag, but since we're now in a battle, I fly my battle flag,' says Rodney Cromeans, 60, of Gettysburg from the front porch of his home along Baltimore Street in Gettysburg on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. He is originally from Austin, Texas.
Read more at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Storm Moving In

As storms move through the region the skies darken above Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon, June 23, 2015.

Westmoreland County Airshow

Bob Johansen, 75, of St. Petersburg, FL., a pilot with the Geico Skytypers stands on the wing of a plane in a hanger at the Arnold Palmer Region Airport as rains pass through Latrobe on Thursday, June 18, 2015 delaying the team's practice run for the Westmoreland County Airshow. The airshow will be held at the airport on June 20 & 21.
Arnold Palmer, left, jokes with Blue Angel's pilot Capt. Tom Frosch, right, about flying over his golf course while he visited with the pilots at the Arnold Palmer Region Airport in Latrobe on Thursday, June 18, 2015. 

Pool Opening

Aides Wagner, 11, of Butler shoots out of one of the new waterslides at Alameda Park in Butler on Monday, June 15, 2015. After several delays the park opened Monday. It has had $1.3 million in renovations including additions of zero entries, a small spray pad, a climbing wall, a small drop slide as well as two tube slides.

The Long Journey Home

Marine 1st Sgt. Mario Castaneda, 36, opens the honor wagon to remove the flag-draped casket of Marine Sgt. John McLaughlin on Friday, June 5, 2015, in the Pittsburgh International Airport. Sgt. McLaughlin was killed in a battle at the Choisin Reservoir in Korea in 1950. His remains were identified by dental and x-ray records. 
Visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to read more about Sgt. McLaughlin and his journey home after 64 years.

Fire Scene

Firefighters work at the scene of a structure fire along Stadium Street in Elliott on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

Pittsburgh Open Streets

People participating in Pittsburgh's 'Open Streets' ride their bicycles along Penn Avenue in the Strip District on Sunday, May 31, 2015.  The city of Pittsburgh closed down 3.5 miles of Butler Street and Penn Avenue to vehicle traffic from Lawrenceville to Downtown on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Pride March

People parade through Downtown Pittsburgh during the Pittsburgh Pride March on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum holds a campaign rally announcing his candidacy for president at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, PA on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Sunrise

A barge moves along the Ohio River in Pittsburgh as the sun rises on May 24, 2015.

Fox Pup

A fox pup climbs out of his den in Boyce Park in Plum on Monday evening, May 11, 2015.

White-tailed Deer Fawn

A white-tail deer fawn rests on the edge of a field in Greensburg, PA. 

Pittsburgh Marathon

Runners are blurred by a slow camera shutter speed as they begin the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Runners await the start of the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
 Hand cyclists at the start of the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
 Stephen Njoroge of Kenya approaches the finish line.
 A runner cools off in the mist of an open fire hydrant.
Emergency personnel rush a 25-year-old runner who collapsed just shy of the finish line after suffering cardiac arrest.  The medics performed CPR and used a defibrillator to restart his heart.
Clara Santucci of Dilliner, Green County, won the Pittsburgh Marathon women's race for the second straight year.
 Stephen Njoroge of Kenya wins the Pittsburgh marathon men's race.
Stephen Njoroge of Kenya, wrapped in the Kenyan flag, walks away from the finish line after winning the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Society for Creative Anachronism

Members of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands of the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), practice at Highland Park along Washington Boulevard on April 19, 2015.

60th Anniversary of the Salk Polio Vaccine

This month, the world marked the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine. Ten years ago I traveled to India on assignment for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to document what was believed to be India's final efforts to eradicate the disease. Unfortunately, it wasn't. It took the country another eight years to finally be considered polio-free by the World Health Organization. This is a collection of some of my images from that trip in 2005. 

To read 'An Unfinished Miracle,' the reporting by my colleagues, Jennifer Bails and Luis Fábregas visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Tribune-Review, has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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