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.

President Obama Visits TechShop

President Barack Obama takes a tour and speaks at TechShop, a membership-based manufacturing workshop, in Bakery Square in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Saying Goodbye to Coach Noll

Dan Rooney leaves John A. Freyvogel Funeral Home after visitation for former Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Chuck Noll on Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Shadyside.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann leaves visitation for former Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Chuck Noll.

Summer Days

Alex Wesolowski, 9, of Mt. Lebanon hits the water after riding one of the new slides at Mt. Lebanon's municipal swimming pool which reopened Sunday after $4.2 million in renovations.
Doug Stroh of Mt. Lebanon tosses his daughter, Molly, 2, up in the air while enjoying a relaxing Father's Day at Mt. Lebanon's municipal swimming pool.

Treasure Hunter

 Dave Hawley stands in the Heinz History Center's exhibit "Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia." The exhibit features some of the nearly one million objects he found on the locally-built steamboat that sunk in 1856 on the Missouri River near Kansas City, Mo.  The Arabia was found in the late 1980s by Hawley and his family with many of its contents perfectly preserved by the oxygen-free environment 45 feet below a cornfield.
Heinz History Center CEO and President Andy Masich, right, holds the 158-year-old jar of pickles  as Paula Andras, collections technician, center, holds a light and Dave Hawley, left, takes a photo on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  Hawley and his family discovered the lost riverboat 45 feet below a cornfield near Kansas City, Mo.


Maria Caruso, left, helps Isabel Ganovsky, 15, with her arabesque in the college preparatory ballet class at Bodiography Center for Movement on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Squirrel Hill.

Garden Tour

One of the flowers in Stephanie Flom's garden at her Highland Park home on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  Flom's garden is part of a garden tour by Pittsburgh Botanical Garden which is featuring the gardens of artists.

Pennsylvania Trolly Museum

 Arthur Ellis, 94, of Upper St. Clair stands on 1925 Pittsburgh Railways 3756 "yellow car" trolly car at the Pennsylvania Trolly Museum in Washington on June 16, 2014. Ellis road the trolly car on its original voyage to the museum on Feb. 7, 1954.
Conductor Ron Boone leads Autumn Dosch, 31, of Harmony and the children she babysits, Sofia, 3,  and Matteo Hardoby, 4, of Cannonsburg to the 1922 New Orleans Public Service, Inc. 832 streetcar, which ran the Desire line in New Orleans, while they visited the Pennsylvania Trolly Museum in Washington on June 16, 2014. The streetcar was featured in Life Magazine's Dec. 15, 1947 issue for an article when Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” debuted on Broadway.

Four-Alarm Fire

Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire along Ormsby and Hayes avenues in Mt. Oliver on Sunday afternoon, June 8, 2014. The fire destroyed at least six homes and heavily damaged five others.  More than 50 people were displaced by the fire.   

Navy Week

Sailor Kidus Befekadu, 20, an E3 on the USS Constitution watches as the Navy Band Northeast perform as part of Navy Week in Pittsburgh at the Steel Plaza, Downtown on Tuesday. 

Field Day

James Bromley pokes his head through a parachute during Mars Area Elementary School's field days for fourth grade on Monday, June 2, 2014. 

Waiting for Godot

James FitzGerald rehearses Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” at Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland on Sunday, June 1, 2014. 

D-Day Veteran

James Harper Jordan, 92, is reflected in the glass of a shadowbox that holds his medals from World War II including the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster in his Greenfield home on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Jordan was part of the first wave that pushed onto Omaha Beach on D-Day. 

Music Lessons

Jonathan Gulden, 25, of Dormont helps Finn Deringor, 10, of Squirrel Hill with his drum lessons at Sunburst School of Music in Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Rainy Day

Aiden Leech, 3, of Verona outside of Berry Quool in Oakmont on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. 

Mellon Square

Top: Roberta Guido, 21, of the North Side performs in Mellon Square, Downtown on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The square opened up Thursday for a rededication after the completion of a five-year, $10 million effort to restore the park and maintain an iconic landscape under the "Preservation, Interpretation & Management Plan" funded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and BNY Mellon. Bottom: Kenny Rankin, 47, of Columbus, OH sits near the fountains  in Mellon Square as Karissa Lloyd, 25, of Vandergrift, left, Frank Seanez, 56, of the North Side, second from right, and Carla Koleny, 56, of Leechburg, right, watch the entertainment

Ride of Silence

Sean Garrett-Roe of Point Breeze stands with his daughter Greer Engle-Roe, 9, and wife Kristen Engle as she holds their son Iain Engle-Roe, 9, at the 10th annual Ride of Silence in Oakland on Wednesday evening. The event honored bike riders who have been injured or killed on public roadways.  Iain was dragged under an SUV when a driver collided with him, failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The driver was released with only summary offenses. The Pittsburgh Ride of Silence is endorsed by Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen, Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, Allegheny Cycling Association, Flock of Cycles, Pittsburgh Masters Velo Club, Bike Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Babes on Bikes.

USS Requin

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Kaufman, 94, of McLean Virginia, a former executive officer on the USS Requin, joined the memorial aboard the submarine docked along the Ohio River at the Carnegie Science Center on Sunday.  Kaufman, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served in the Navy for 34 years and the entirety of World War II. He was aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay and witnessed the surrender of Japan, ending the war in September of 1945.

Wigle Barrelhouse

The Wigle Barrelhouse's Wes Shonk, operations manager, and Brittany Thorp, event coordinator, pose for a portrait near glasses of Wigle Whiskey, in the tasting area at the new Barrelhouse which will open May 30 in Deutschtown.

Ukraine: Outtake

A man rides a bicycle along a road in Krasnogvardeyskoye, Crimea.

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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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