Bishop David Zubik

The Rev. David Zubik was installed today as the 12th bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh in a ceremony filled with pageantry and prayer. Zubik, 58, a native Pittsburgher, was installed at St. Paul's Cathedral in the city's Oakland section after a long processional.


Michael Lamorte of Penn Hills is reflected in a window as he rides his bike down Fifth Avenue in Oakland on Friday afternoon, September 28, 2007.

Gov. Bill Richardson

Presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson checks out a flounder while touring Wholey's Fish Market with Dan Wholey during a campaign stop in the Strip District on Thursday evening, September 27, 2007.


TOP: Shaqaya Wade of the North Side cries after she released a balloon in memory of her cousins Mario Wade who was killed in 2005 and Tony Johnson who was killed in 1999, during the 2nd annual National Day of Remembrance held at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon, September 25, 2007. BOTTOM: Holly Naser of Butler (center) is comforted by friends of her son, Robby Naser, 18, who was murdered in Butler on February 4, 2006 (from left to right) Tyler Brooks, Dana Vanatta Matt McCoppin and Whitney Crocker all joined Holly Naser as they released balloons in memory of Robby.

Katie & Joe's Wedding

Here are some of my favorite photographs from Katie & Joe's wedding in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 15, 2007.

Sid the Kid

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby enjoys a standing ovation during a town-hall meeting for season ticket holders on Thursday evening, September 20, 2007 at Mellon Arena.

Spirit of America

Soldiers rehearse for the opening night performance of the Spirit of America at Mellon Arena. Since 1975, Spirit of America has presented the history of the U.S. Army from its very origins through the wars, conflicts and missions that have molded the Army and the nation.


Carnegie Mellon University Research Professor Scott Fahlman, 59, has done a lot of research in his field, but he is best known for inventing the smiley face symbol for e-mails 25 years ago on September 19, 1982.


Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani picks out some candy and enjoys an ice cream cone while stopping by Sarris Candies in Canonsburg on Wednesday afternoon, September 12, 2007.


Carnegie Museum of Natural History Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, David Berman, left, and Section of Vertebrate Paleontology Collection Manger, Amy Henrici, right, sit with a 290 million year old Diadectid dinosaur fossil, Orobates pabsti, which they have matched to a fossilized footprint.

In Tribute: Shanksville, PA

These are some of the many photos I've made at the memorial for those who perished on United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001. Now, 6 years later we should not forget their sacrifice. These photos are a tribute to all of them.


Muhliq Mosley, 5, right, holds onto Ashley Johnson's arms with Jamair Lane, 6, (center) who cries during a memorial service at the site where their cousin, Marva Howard, 47, of Greensburg's body was found cut in a half and stuffed in plastic bags in the 6700 block of Simonton Street, near Fifth Avenue in Homewood. Over 100 family members and friends turned out for the vigil on Monday evening.


With school children lining the way, soldiers return home after nearly one year in Iraq to the Hunt Armory in Shadyside on Friday afternoon, September 7, 2007. The homecoming was bittersweet after Sgt. Daniel Brozovich of Greenville, a member of their unit, was killed by a roadside bomb in October, an attack that also injured two other members of the unit.

A Religious Affair

John Wittmann, an employee with Wade Heating and Cooling, works on the scaffolding in the fellowship hall of the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Downtown on Friday afternoon, September 7, 2007. The church which was badly damaged in a New Year's Day fire has been fully restored and will re-open with a special celebration this Sunday.

Energy Drinks

Photo illustrations aren't my specialty, but this is my small attempt at it. It's for a story on energy drinks and the fact that they are becoming increasing popular among teenagers.

Manfred Honeck

Pittsburgh Symphony music director designate Manfred Honeck is photographed through a small cutout in a door backstage as he conducts the PSO on Thursday evening, September 6, 2007 at Heinz Hall. The annual Pittsburgh Symphony preview concert is an invitation-only run-through of snippets from upcoming programs. But the Heinz Hall audience got a prelude of the future as Honeck stepped in to conduct Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Voices of Spring Waltz."

Last Day

Lance Chimka of the North Side throws Koray Bakirci, 6, of the North Side up in the air on Monday at Sue Murray pool on the North Side as they enjoy the final day the pool is open for the season.

Labor Day

Here are some photos from Pittsburgh's Labor Day parade and rally for John Edwards on Monday morning, September 3, 2007. Pittsburgh is believed to have one of the biggest Labor Day parades in the country.

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist 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 fiancé, Stephanie Strasburg.

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