Tony Hawk

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and his Birdhouse Skateboards Team visited Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  The team visited the world-class skatepark as part of a pre-opening performance at the conclusion of their Midwest Birdhouse on the Road Tour.  The 17,000-square-foot skatepark is named in memory of Vincent and Stephen Pitcher, avid skateboarders, who drowned on a camping trip in 2008.

Corbin & Hanner


Pittsburgh country-rock musicians, Bob Corbin, left, and Dave Hanner, right, of the Corbin-Hanner Band, photographed in Hanner's son, Jake's studio in Richland Township on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Corbin and Hanner wrote hits for some of the biggest stars in music, including Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Genetically Modified Soy

Mike Reskovac stands in his field of genetically modified soy in Uniontown on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles, the 2013 World Champion, competes on the balance beam at the Senior Women’s Preliminaries at the P&G Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.

Rodeo

A few of my frames from the 55th Annual North Washington Rodeo in Petrolia, PA on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 .

Michael Brown Vigil

 Julia Johnson, 22, of the South Side stands along Grant Street during a rally against police violence at the City County Building, Downtown on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014.
 Raymond Robinson, 39, of Brentwood, holds a sign as he joins the demonstration against police violence.
Vee King, 28, of Penn Hills holds a candle during the vigil. 

Foggy Morning

The city skyline in enveloped in fog below Mt. Washington on Monday morning, August 4, 2014.

Morning Dew

Water droplets hang on a spiderweb in the West End on a foggy Monday morning, August 4, 2014.

UPMC Protest

 Terry Kennedy of Sq. Hill joins in a protest against UPMC, calling for good jobs with a union for all service workers, Downtown on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  The protestors began with a rally in Mellon Square Park then marched to UPMC's headquarters where around 30 demonstrators were arrested by police.
 Lucille Prater-Holliday of Homewood listens on during a protest against UPMC.
 Erin Kramer of Sq. Hill, right, chants during the protest. 
 Pittsburgh Police Commander Scott Schubert informs demonstrators blocking Grant Street that they will be arrested if they don't move.
Demonstrators are arrested along Grant Street. 

Northview Heights Shooting

Two girls react at the scene of a fatal shooting along Penfort Street inside the Northview Heights housing complex on Wednesday afternoon, July 30, 2014.  The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man who died as Eugene T. David Jr., 19, of Braddock. Family at the scene said David also rapped under the name “Booga-C.”

Week of Hope

Kamerin Bonney, 15, of Pasadena, MD volunteers as part of Week of Hope at Burning Bush House of Prayer on the South Side on Thursday, July 30, 2014.

Holy Family

Ambridge residents (left to right) Erin Ninehouser, Barbara Linville, Delbert Linville, Dave Ninehouser, and Terry Miale of Robinson, hold signs at the back of Sacred Heart Church during an informational meeting on Tuesday evening, July 29, 2014. The meeting focused on the Emsworth-based Holy Family Institute's desire to provide temporary shelter to children who illegally entered the United States without parents or guardians.

Flying High

An airplane flies through clouds above Mt. Washington on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Cheetahs

Some of the new cheetahs make their debut appearance at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Highland Park on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Sitting by the River

Isaiah Early, 9, of Sharpsburg sits along the Allegheny River in Sharpsburg as he waits for his friends to join him to fish on a muggy Tuesday afternoon, July 22, 2014.

Shatterproff Rappelling

TOP: Ciel Disilvio, 13, of Shadyside prepares to rappel down 26 floors at the Westin, Downtown on Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014.  Over 80 people took part in the event sponsored by Shatterproof, a new national organization committed to protecting children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. BOTTOM: Amy Hutchison, 48, of Whitehall, is reflected in a window as she rappels.

Pvt. Thomas Enright

Historian Michael Connors of East Pittsburgh marks a page in a book with a photo of Pvt. Thomas Enright, one of the first men killed in World War I on November 3, 1917.

Goddard School

Danielle Schmidt holds 8-month-old Gianna Sander of Gibsonia in the infant room at the Goddard School in Cranberry Township on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Regatta

Jonnie Ashe races in the first heat of the Jet Ski races at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Downtown on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Proud American

Samuel Kumi, 42, who moved to the United States in 1986, poses for a portrait on the South Side on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Carnegie Flooding

TOP: Cheryl Stephan holds an old photograph, covered in mud and soaked from water from flooding on Saturday, as she works on cleaning out the basement of her California Avenue home in Carnegie on Sunday afternoon, June 29, 2014. BOTTOM: Jeff Stephan cleans the mud and water from his basement of his Carnegie home. 

Scaffolding Collapse

BOTTOM: (left to right) Aleia Smith, Matt Pollard, Cory Jones and Alijah Smith stand with Max Donatien, 52, of Penn Hills, who was getting out of his car when scaffolding at a hotel construction site collapsed onto his car on Wednesday afternoon, June 18, 2014.  "God saved me today.  I'm lucky to be alive," Donatien said as he stood with his friends.  Two workers were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland for injuries that police described as non-life threatening. Police said the workers were on a “sky lift,” a piece of heavy equipment that, similar to scaffolding, allows construction crews to work on a structure's exterior from an elevated platform. The building, bounded by Kirkwood Street, North Highland Avenue and Broad Street, is being renovated to become Hotel Indigo, a 137-room boutique hotel slated to open this year.

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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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