October Twisdale, 6, of New Castle, Delaware peers out of a telephone booth after Captain America gave him a cape during the Capes4Heros event at the Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, March 18, 2015. Capes4Heros hosted a superhero celebration and distributed 150 capes to children facing life-threatening challenges.
Sandy Brown, 61, poses for a portrait in her Saxonburg home on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Brown had breast cancer surgery in December. On the day before surgery, she received a call from the hospital asking for payment or else they would cancel the procedure. Read Luis Fabragas' story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Bryan Keller, 4, of Farrell, PA flexes his muscles with WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan as the professional wrestler visits with patients and their families at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Monday afternoon, March 9, 2015. The WWE Superstars and Divas visited the hospital as part of "Conner's Cure," an organization named in honor of Conner Michalek who passed away at age 8 from medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord. "Conner's Cure" provides funds for pediatric brain and spinal cancer research and medical care for children and their families.
Emily Fonville, 15, of Rochester, MI, center, rehearses on an open stage during the auditions for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals on Saturday at the Byham Theater, Downtown, Feb. 14, 2015. Throughout the weekend hundreds of ballet dancers from 9-19 attended workshops, competitions, and dance classes. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York.
John L. Ford Sr. is reflected in a display case as Capt. Darren Rogers, 911th Air Force Reserves, speaks at the 5th Annual African American Heritage Celebration's "Black Veterans With Success, Their History, Health and Commitment to Excellence" event on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, director of the St. Monica's Girls Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda, was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Thursday, evening, Feb. 5, 2015 at Duquesne University. Honored by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2014, Sister Nyirumbe is the subject of the documentary, Sewing Hope, which chronicles her work at the Gulu vocational school, where she works with survivors of the Ugandan civil war. Many of the young women and girls were kidnapped from their families and forced to be married and child soldiers. To learn more about Sister Nyirumbe's work and the film, Sewing Hope visit sewinghope.com.
Gulls flock to Pittsburgh's three rivers near the North Shore on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The gulls have migrated from the frozen Great Lakes to the open waters of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers of Pittsburgh. Estimates put the flock's size as high as 7,000 and comprising of many different species of gulls including ring-billed, herring gull, Iceland gull, glaucous gull and lesser and greater black-backed gulls and kelp gull. Read more about the visiting gulls in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.