Members of the band Motorpsychos (from left to right) Dennis Brown, Amy Bianco, Pamela Simmons, and Abby Krizner. The band will be playing a CD release show at the 31st Street Pub on January 31st.

Ice Fishing

Don Huminsky, 74, of McCandles enjoys the nearly 50 degree weather to ice fish on North Park Lake on Friday afternoon. "I'm getting to old to fish when its to cold outside," he said smiling. "This is perfect," he added.

A New Day


This is the first of many photos that I will be posting of interesting objects found in my daily journeys.

Moshe Baran

Moshe Baran, 88, of Squirrel Hill escaped a Nazi labor camp and joined an armed resistance group that sabotaged and fought German troops. He was able to save his mother and two siblings from the ghettos. His father and youngest sister did not survive.

AmeriCorps-MLK Day

Volunteers worked to cleanup Braddock's Carnegie Library, make ceramic water filters to be used in Africa, renovate an abandoned building, collect old tires, and other jobs around Braddock as part of a community project sponsored by AmeriCorps, KEYS Service Corps, to celebrate the work and legacy of Martin Luther King.


Robin Poole hooks her husband, Mike, up to a dialysis machine at their Penn Hills home on Friday morning, January 16, 2009. Poole, 39, has had end stage renal disease since 1997. He had a kidney transplant in 2001 but it didn't take. He's been awaiting another one ever since, but has not left his illness stop his life. He and his wife tote the dialysis machine wherever they go including camping trips throughout the summer.

Steeler Mania

From Steelers cakes at Oakmont Bakery to sea lions waving terrible towels at the zoo to crazed Steelers fans braving subzero temperatures at a rally, Steeler mania has taken over Pittsburgh once again as the Steelers get ready to face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.


(Top) The blue sky makes for a colorful backdrop against the freshly fallen snow on a hillside in Highland Park on Thursday afternoon. (Middle) Steve Zelicoff, 52, of Squirrel Hill braves the cold to jog in Schenley Park in Oakland on Thursday afternoon. (Second from Bottom) Sabrina Ukasik, 8, of McKeesport braves the cold weather to sled ride at Schenley Park in Oakland on Thursday afternoon. (Bottom) Steve Zelicoff, 52, of Squirrel Hill braves the cold to jog in Schenley Park in Oakland on Thursday afternoon.

Iron City Beer

Beer? Who doesn't love beer. Here are some photos of cans of Iron City Beer being packaged at the historic Iron City Brewing in Pittsburgh.

Iron City Brewing

Iron City Brewing Company President Tim Hickman announces the facility will temporarily suspend operations of its can line effective March 1, 2009 during a press conference today at the brewery.

Standoff End

A man who barricaded himself inside his Penn Hills home for several hours on Tuesday is taken by police and paramedics by stretcher to an ambulance after the standoff came to an end along Universal Road in Penn Hills.

Blood Drive

Kristine Smith, left, with the Central Blood Bank waits as (from left to right) Katie Burton, 17, Paul Dyer, 18, and Lindsay Durst, 17, give blood on Tuesday afternoon at the Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville during a blood drive conducted at the school.

Pitt Basketball

A "We're #1" foam finger hangs at The Pittsburgh Stop (Outside Vendor)'s stand along Forbes Avenue in Oakland after the University of Pittsburgh's basketball team was named #1 in the country.

Meals on Wheels

Lou Oblich, 86, of Forest Hills and Helen Beech, 84, of Forest Hills, prepare meals at the Forest Hills Senior Center on Monday morning, January 5, 2009. The two volunteer at the center packing meals to be delivered to those in need in the borough.

Football Fun

Luc Ackerman, 13, of Carrick drops back for a pass as he plays quarterback with friends during a game of football along Brownsville Road in Carrick on Friday afternoon, January 2, 2009.

Palestinian Supporters

Protesters stand in front of the Federal Building, Downtown on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, Unitarian Universalist for Justice in the Middle East, Muslim American Society and other groups protesting the attacks on Gaza.

Rick Sebak

WQED documentary-maker Rick Sebak stands along the Allegheny River on the North Side.

First Class

Doreen Gudel, 44, of Monongahela holds Maddie, a Belgian Malinois, as she waits for a private plane to pick her up to deliver her to a foster family in Wisconsin. Maddie was found as a stray puppy and taken in by an elderly person who could no longer care for her so had to take her to the Washington Area Humane Society.

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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 fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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