Veteran's Day

Dean McMillen, 84, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean conflict, rides on a motorcycle in the  Veteran's Day parade in Butler, PA on Nov. 11, 2014.
Alex Ditch, 9, stands along the parade route dressed in his father's Marine coat during the veteran's parade in Pittsburgh on Nov. 8, 2014.
A young boy holds his flag as he rides along the Veteran's Day parade route.
Dean McMillen, 84, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean conflict, sits at the Veteran's Day service at the Butler VA Healthcare in Butler, PA on Nov. 11, 2014.
Members of the Marine Corp League's Bantam Jeep Detachment #743 perform a twenty-one gun salute at the Veteran's Day service at the Butler VA Healthcare.
United States Marine Corp veteran Larry Heade, 78, of Saxonburg salutes as the color guard presents the colors during the Veteran's Day service at the Butler VA Healthcare in Butler, PA.

Thumbs Up!

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Detective Jerry Kabala gets a thumbs up from his daughter, Ryleigh, 4, as he sits with his wife, Shannon, at the Law Enforcement Agency Directors (LEAD) Award for Outstanding Performance in Law Enforcement awards on Nov. 7, 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh's Barco Law School Building in Oakland.  Detective Kabala was recognized for his work in operation 'Dukes of Hazard', an investigation of a violent drug distribution ring operating in Duquesne.

Mummify the Teacher

Members of the North Hills Middle School's Service Club cover their teacher, Zach Skrinjar, with toilet paper as part of a fundraiser on October 31, 2014.  "Mummify the Teacher," raised money for Beverly's Birthdays, a nonprofit organization that provides birthday parties for children who live in homeless shelters in the Pittsburgh area.

Watching the Pens

Hunter Kramer, 3, watches the Pittsburgh Penguins game on his father, Brent's lap at their Carnegie home on Thursday, October 30, 2014 . Hunter who is physically and visually impaired responds to hockey because of the stark contrast of colors (dark shapes on white ice).
Hunter Kramer, 3, watches the Pittsburgh Penguins game as his mother, Beth sits alongside of him. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story about Hunter.

President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at an event for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf at the IBEW union hall on the South Side on October 27, 2014. 

A Special Heartbeat

Valerie Sinclair of Elkhart, Indiana listens to her daughter, Da'Jeianna's heart that now beats in transplant recipient Dalton Igoe, 17, of Altoona's chest, during their first meeting at Sheraton Station Square on the South Side on Monday evening, October 20, 2014.  Da'Jeianna was killed at the age of 12 and her organs were donated to several individuals.  Igoe, who had been on the transplant list, received the heart on May 19, 2012.

Trick or Treat

Janet Brunson of Penn Hills passes mannequins donning Ebola protective suits as she leaves Spotlight Costumes on the South Side on Monday afternoon, October 20, 2014. 

Candlelight Vigil

A.J. Jakub, the father of Serenity Jakub, 3, one of the six victims of McKeesport's deadly fire on Saturday morning, breaks down in tears as he tries to speak at a candlelight vigil on Sunday evening in front of the home in McKeesport.
Jonetta Meekins, 15, right, consoles her friend, Danielle Haas, 17, at a vigil on Sunday evening for the victims of a fatal fire in McKeesport that took the lives of Haas' aunt and cousins.  The fire that broke out Saturday morning claimed the lives of six people and injured another. 
Rebecca Brydges cries during the candlelight vigil.  Brydges fiancĂ©, A.J. Jakub, lost his daughter in the fire.
A memorial sits in front of the home where a fire took the lives of six people in McKeesport. Ronald Egenlauf Sr., 55; his daughter-in-law, Hope Jordan, 27; and Jordan's children Dominic Jordan, 7, Autumn Jordan, 6, Serenity Jakub, 3, and Victoria Jordan, 2, died of acute smoke and fume inhalation when fire engulfed their home in the 300 block of Express Alley on Saturday morning, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. 
To read more about the moving vigil visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Ecstatic Dance

Mike Hirshberg, 36, of Bloomfield, is silhouetted against a art piece at the "ecstatic dance," a monthly celebration of movement, music and community, at the Schwartz Living Market in the South Side on Sunday afternoon, October 19, 2014.

Pittsburgh Liberians

Top: Urias Tombekai, 27, of Etna arrived in Pittsburgh on Sept. 8 with many tales to tell about Ebola ravaging his native Liberia.  "People are not working.  They are afraid to go to the hospital, to the pharmacy to buy the medicine," he says.  Bottom (from left to right): 1) Yolanda Covington-Ward, 35, of Churchill an assistant professor of African Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, is married to Lincoln Ward, who came to the United States from Liberia in 1996. “They are always doubting exactly what is true. If everyone were 100 percent honest, there would still be mistrust,” Covington-Ward says about the effects of the Liberia's civil war on the mentality of Liberian people during the Ebola outbreak. 2) Lincoln Ward, 39, of Churchill left Liberia in 1996 during the civil war and runs a Liberian radio station online. “We’d have people call the radio station and say, ‘there’s no Ebola in Liberia.’ It’s not something to be taken for granted,” he says. Ward is running a medical supply drive for the Liberian Community Organization of Greater Pittsburgh. 3) Comfort Moore, 60, of Rhode Island, left Liberia in 1981 but says she would give anything to go back. Moore lost two brothers to Ebola recently. “He died Tuesday night; he buried the next day. Nobody go closer to the body,” she said. Moore, who is visiting with her son, Lincoln Ward of Churchill, talked about the death of her brothers and the changes in funerals that Ebola has brought about. Ceremonies that involve touching the body have been canceled. The dead are taken away as soon as possible because they are contagious, even in death.
To read more visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Darrell Jones Sr. plays with his son, Darrell Jr., 3, both of Jackson, MI., at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's 'Bounce' exhibit on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Take me out to the ballgame...

TOP: Nick Stipetic, 14, goes up for a ball as he plays catch with his hockey coach, Ron Steedle, at the Forbes Field wall in Oakland as faithful fans gathered on Monday to listen to the rebroadcast of the Pittsburgh Pirates game 7 of the 1960's World Series win. Each year on October 13th fans gather at the site of the former ballpark and listen to the radio broadcast of the game when Bill Mazeroski hit his famous home run to give the Pirates the win over the NY Yankees. BOTTOM: Mark Marinch of Regent Square sits with his son, Tristan, 9, at the Forbes Field wall in Oakland as they listen to the radio broadcast the historic Pirates win. 

Shooting in Glen Hazel

Pittsburgh Police stand at the scene of a shooting Monday near Roselle Court and Johnston Avenue in Glen Hazel.

Twilight at Kavsar

Kavsar Usbek Halal Restaurant in Mt. Washington is Pittsburgh's first and only Uzbek restaurant.  Uzbekistan is a small nation on the Silk Road, formerly part of the Soviet empire, that has strong culinary influences from Russia, China, India and the Middle East.

A View for the Day's End

Justin & Angie Dillon of Observatory Hill, left, show their friend, Daniel Robertson, visiting from Scotland, the view from Mt. Washington as the sun sets on Thursday evening, October 9, 2014.

Raindrops & Umbrellas

A person walks along South Craig Street in Oakland as rains begin on Tuesday afternoon, October 7, 2014.

On the Campaign Trail

Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Wolf visits the Primanti Brother's Restaurant in Market Square as he campaigns along with his wife Frances and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Monday, October 6, 2014.

Author Chuck Kinder

Author Chuck Kinder at his home in Squirrel Hill.

Pittsburgh from Above

Monoamniotic Twins

Josephina Stroup and her sister, Isabella, a rare set of monoamniotic twins, born in the same amniotic sac, recover in the NICU unit at West Penn Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. To read more about the twins visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

VFW Ceremony

U.S. Navy veteran Joe Finnegan, 60, of McKees Rocks, a veteran of Vietnam and Iraqi Freedom, is seen through a wreath placed at a marker commemorating the 1914 gathering at the William Pitt Union in Oakland, which formed the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Lung Transplant

Kwesi Aguillera, 34 of Maloney, Trinadad and Tobago, raised money to have a lung transplant because his home country does not offer the procedure.


Mika Nagao of Imizu, Japan holds her 18-month-old daughter, Sumika, at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.  Sumika was one of the youngest patients to be transported from Japan on a ventricular assist device (VAD), which takes over the pumping action of the heart and offers lifesaving support, most often acting as a bridge to keep patients alive until donor hearts become available for transplantation. After the 16 hour flight from Japan to the United States, Sumika and her parents arrived at the Allegheny County Airport and were transported to Children’s Hospital by ambulance. The family received the news they had been waiting for in late May that Sumika would be getting a new heart. On May 30, Sumika received her heart and is doing exceptionally well.

Verona Flag

Aden Mowry, 3, of Verona runs past a flag along South Avenue in Verona as Shannon Starr follows behind on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Foot Patrol

Pittsburgh Police patrol on foot through Homewood on Tuesday afternoon, September 9, 2014.

A Solitary Walk

A person walks beneath the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Rudy Giuliani

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a lunch during a natural gas drilling conference at the Omni William Penn, Downtown on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

Trying to Save a Friend

Gregg Roman, 29, of Swissvale, a college friend of Steven Sotloff, worked to remove personal information about Sotloff being Jewish and an Israeli citizen from the internet while he was held captive by ISIS. To read more about Roman and his friendship with Sotloff visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Protest for Higher Wages

 Demonstrators are arrested along Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2014 after blocking traffic during a protest. Over 100 fast food workers marched through Wilkinsburg to the McDonalds along Penn Avenue to protest wages, demanding $15 an hour and the right to form unions.

Slim Forsythe

Slim Forsythe, 58, is photographed at Nieds Hotel, where he lives and performs, in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, Sept. 2, 2014.  Forsythe who works in the city's budget office has lived a colorful life, having worked as a lawyer, a self-published author, a volunteer at Mother Teresa's House of the Dying in Calcutta, an anti-nuke protester, a school bus driver, and many other endeavors.  On Aug. 29 Forsythe was inducted into the America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Iowa. To read more about Forsythe 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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