Forever Marilyn

A 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture stops at PPG Plaza, Downtown on a rainy Monday afternoon.  Artist Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall "Forever Marilyn" is en route to Hamilton, NJ from Palm Springs, CA, and stopped in Pittsburgh as it's 10th and final stop for the traveling sculpture.

Dog Show

 Megan Anderson prepares her dog, Champion Bellisarius J.P. Hat n Tails, "Errol" a Borzoi at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association Dog Show at the Monroeville Convention Center on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
 Cheyenne Brown, 6, of Wilmington, OH holds "Fancy"an Ibizan Hound.
 Julie Schaeffer of Fredonia, NY gives her 18-month-old Irish Wolfhound a hug before entering the ring at the dog show.
 Dogs line up to be shown at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association Dog Show.
 Danali, a Chinese Crested, watches the action at dog show. 
 Charlie & Terry Brownfield of Greensburg sit with Serena, left,  and April, right, Papillons who were shown at the dog show. April took best of breed and Serena took best of opposite sex and winners.
Caroline Clegg, 13, of Cincinnati, Ohio sits with "Rumor" before showing him in the Junior Showmanship category.

Chernobyl

 A doll rests on a bunk bed in an abandoned nursery school abandoned since 1986 in Kopachi Village in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  The school is one of the few remaining structures from the village that was torn down and buried after being contaminated by fallout from the Chernobyl disaster.
 An abandoned home sits along an overgrown street inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone, an area of 30 kilometers around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of April 26, 1986.
 The remains of an abandoned nursery school in Kopachi Village.
 A magazine lays on a floor covered in items left behind in an abandoned home inside of Chernobyl's exclusion zone.
 Chernobyl's reactor No. 4, which exploded on April 26, 1986, creating the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.
The site of the former Red Forest, a forest surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which received its name from the ginger-brown color of the trees after they absorbed high levels of radiation from the nuclear accident in 1986. In the cleanup after the disaster the Red Forest was bulldozed and buried, yet the area remains one of the most contaminated areas in the world today. 
 A ferris wheel stands tall above the overgrown brush in Pripyat.  The Pripyat amusement park was scheduled to officially open May 1, 1986, but was left abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster.
 An abandoned home inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone.
 Misha Tefflenko, 25, a government tour guide, who lives in Chernobyl, (staying 15 days inside the town and 15 days outside), is reflected in the window of an abandoned nursery school in Kopachi Village. 
 A doll lays in the leaves inside of Chernobyl's exclusion zone. 
 An abandoned home inside of the exclusion zone. 
 Tourists take a photo of themselves in front of the Pripyat sign inside of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. 
 An abandoned supermarket in Pripyat.  The city was once the home to nearly 50,000 people before it was evacuated several days after the Chernobyl disaster. 
An indoor swimming pool in Pripyat.  The pool, known as Azure, is one of three indoor swimming pools in Pripyat, but is the most well-known since it was featured in the video game "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare." The pool was used by workers for nearly a decade after the disaster at Chernobyl. 
 A calendar hangs on a wall inside of an apartment building in Pripyat. 
 The living room of an apartment inside of an apartment building in Pripyat. 
 An apartment in Pripyat. 
 A doll lays on a bunk bed in an abandoned nursery school in Kopachi Village in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  
 Cabinets sit empty in an abandoned home along an overgrown street inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone.
The  abandoned nursery school in Kopachi Village.
 A handwritten book sits in an abandoned village inside of the exclusion zone. 
 Bumper cars sit in the overgrown weeds and brush in Pripyat's amusement park.
 A building sits quiet along the former town center of Pripyat.
A man walks through the Woodworm Star Memorial in Chernobyl that shows the names of the two towns and 184 villages that were evacuated because of the radiation fallout from the disaster at Chernobyl in 1986.

To find out more about Chernobyl read Betsy Hiel's reporting in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Ukraine: Donetsk's Battle for Unity

 A woman watches out a bus window as several thousand pro-Russia demonstrators march past from a rally at Lenin Square towards Donetsk's regional administration building in Ukraine.
 A soldier mans an armored vehicle at a road leading to a Ukrainian Army encampment in a small village of Svobodnoe, sixty miles from the Russian border. Locals have helped distribute military clothing, boots, gloves, and other items needed by the under-prepared soldiers.
 Pro-Russia supporters demonstrate beneath the statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin as a police officer stands watch during a protest in Lenin Square in Donetsk, Ukraine.
 A woman joins several thousand in a pro-Russia demonstration in Donetsk's Lenin Square.  Many protesters called for the return of Viktor Yanukovich, the Ukrainian president who fled to Russia last month after deadly protests in the capital, Kiev.
 A pro-Russia demonstrator stands in front of riot police to try and prevent any provocation by younger protestors as they line up in front of Donetsk's regional administration building.
 Several thousand pro-Russia demonstrators fill Lenin Square in Donetsk, Ukraine.
 Police in riot gear wait as several thousand pro-Russia demonstrators march towards them as they guard Donetsk's regional administration building.
 Several thousand pro-Russia supporters gather in Lenin Square in Donetsk, Ukraine on Sunday, for a second day in a row of demonstrations calling for the return of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and for a referendum to be held to join with Russia.
 A Ukrainian woman joins a demonstration of several thousand pro-Russia supporters in Lenin Square.
 Soldiers stand guard at a small road leading to a Ukrainian Army encampment in a small village of Svobodnoe, sixty miles from the Russian border, where some fear an invasion by the Russian army.
 A man with his face painted in the colors of Russia's flag talks to police at a pro-Russia demonstration in Lenin Square in Donetsk.
 A pro-Russia supporter chants during a demonstration in Lenin Square in Donetsk.
 Several thousand pro-Russia supporters gather in Lenin Square in Donetsk.
 Pro-Russia demonstrators fill Lenin Square in Donetsk.
 A pro-Russia supporter chants during a demonstration in Lenin Square in Donetsk.
 A woman yells at police as pro-Russia supporters march on Donetsk's regional administration building.
 Riot police line up in front of Donetsk's regional administration building as several thousand pro-Russia demonstrators marched from Lenin Square to the building.
 Pro-Russia supporters gather in Lenin Square in Donetsk.
 Pro-Russia supporters listen to speakers during a second-straight day of demonstrations in Donetsk's Lenin Square calling for the return of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and for a referendum to be held to join with Russia.
 Riot police line up in front of Donetsk's regional administration building.
 A woman stands with her dog, wearing the colors of Russia as a collar, during a demonstration of several thousand pro-Russia supporters in Lenin Square in Donetsk.
 Pro-Russia supporters remove the Ukrainian flag in front of Donetsk's City Hall during protests on Sunday.  Several thousand demonstrators marched from Lenin Square to government offices, for a second straight day of protests, calling for the return of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and for a referendum to be held to join with Russia.
 A demonstrator chants as he walks past police at the entrance to Donetsk's regional administration building.
 A pro-Russia demonstrator argues and points at riot police.
 A pro-Russia demonstrator poses for photos in front of riot police.
 Pro-Russia supporters hang the Russian flag from a flag pole after removing the Ukrainian flag in front of Donetsk's City Hall during protests.
A soldier stands guard at a small road leading to a Ukrainian Army encampment in a small village of Svobodnoe, sixty miles from the Russian border, where some fear an invasion by the Russian army.

To find out more about the situation in eastern Ukraine read Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Betsy Hiel's reporting about Donetsk's divide, continued protests, and activists fears to speak up for a united Ukraine.

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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, and in 2013, traveled to Egypt to cover the anniversary of the revolution and to Rome to document the conclave that elected Pope Francis. Merriman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2000 with a degree in English Writing. In 2009, the university awarded him its prestigious Alumnus of Distinction award. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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