Rodeo

A few images from the Fort Armstrong Championship Rodeo at the Crooked Creek Horse Park in Ford City on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Big Butler Fair

A few images from the Big Butler Fair that ran July 3-11, 2015.

TBT: Rome

An outtake from my coverage of the conclave to choose Pope Benedict XVI's successor at the Vatican in 2013. 
A pilgrims kneels in the rain in St. Peter's Square as the College of Cardinal's hold mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The mass led of the first day of the conclave where cardinals will vote to choose Pope Benedict XVI’s successor on March 12, 2013. 

Barnstorming Tour

Members of the Josh Gibson All-Stars stand on the field prior to their game against the Anderson Monarchs on Friday at Manchester Field in Manchester.  The game was part of the Monarchs Barnstorming Tour, a 20-city tour to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson, the Negro League, and the Civil Rights Movement.  The teams wore Negro League uniforms with the Josh Gibson All-Stars wearing the Homestead Grays uniform and the Monarchs in their Philadelphia Star uniforms.
 Former Pittsburgh Crawfords player, Ted Toles, 89, of Warren, Ohio, poses for a portrait prior to the Josh Gibson All-Stars game against the Anderson Monarchs.
 Mo'ne Davis, the first girl to earn a win and also pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series history, a member of the Anderson Monarchs warms up prior to their game.
 The Josh Gibson All-Stars pose for a portrait before their game.
 Josh Gibson All-Stars Ben Gamboa, 13, right, and Derrick Tomlin, 13, left, sit on the bench prior to their game.
 Former Pittsburgh Crawfords player, Ted Toles, 89, of Warren, Ohio, talks with members of the Anderson Monarchs in front of their 1947 Clipper touring bus on Friday at Manchester Field.
 Josh Gibson All-Stars Isaiah Aeschbacher, 11, watches on during their game.
 Sean Gibson, executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation and great-grandson of Josh Gibson, stands on the field prior to the Josh Gibson All-Stars game against the Anderson Monarchs.
 Marcus Dixon, 10, left, and Devaughn McClinton, 10, right, both of Manchester, watch the Josh Gibson All-Stars face the Anderson Monarchs on Friday at Manchester Field in Manchester. The boys came to the game to see Mo'ne Davis, the first girl to earn a win and also pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series history, who plays on the Anderson Monarchs.
 The Josh Gibson All-Stars join together for a team talk prior to their game against the Anderson Monarchs.
 Mo'ne Davis, the first girl to earn a win and also pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series history, a member of the Anderson Monarchs warms up prior to their game against the Josh Gibson All-Stars.
 Johnathan Washington, 2, of Manchester, cheers on his cousin who plays for the Josh Gibson All-Stars.
 The Josh Gibson All-Stars Raymond Jackson talks to fans during their game.
 The Josh Gibson All-Stars Noah Wijnen-Riems pitches against the Anderson Monarchs.
 Marquis Cobb, 4, of Manchester, watches the Josh Gibson All-Stars in their game against the Anderson Monarchs.
The Anderson Monarchs first baseman is silhouetted as the lights turn on and the sun begins to set during their game against the Josh Gibson All-Stars on Friday at Manchester Field in Manchester.
To read more about the game check out Kevin Gorman's column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

TBT: Haiti

An outtake I found in my archives from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

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.

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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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