Colin Hay

Colin Hay performs at Diesel in Pittsburgh.

Aviation Blonds

A photo from the Aviation Blonds opening performance for the Colin Hay show at Diesel.


Shinichi Nishimiya, Ambassador/Consul General of Japan in New York, talks with the Tribune Review on Monday afternoon, August 31, 2009 about the upcoming G20 Summit and of the recent elections in Japan.


Margot Callahan of Mt. Washington enjoys the sun despite the fall-like weather on Monday afternoon as she reads in East Park on the North Side.

Cracking Safes

Roy Watters, 56, has been cracking safes for 30 years. He's never been arrested; in fact, some of his clients have been government agencies. The Canonsburg resident consulted for NBC's Special Victim Unit and CBS' CSI.

Fun Play

(from left to right) Christopher Kirby, 8, Josiah Ivanov, 8, Anna Ivanov, 6, and Matthew Kirby, 4, all of Penn Hills play at the Penn Hills Community Park on Tuesday afternoon, August 25, 2009.

Farm Death

Firefighters and emergency workers sit at the site where a man collapsed and died today while working inside a silo on a Washington County farm. The man, identified only as a worker for Somerset Barn Equipment Co., could not be resuscitated by paramedics who were called at noon to the Marko Brigich Dairy Farm in Chartiers, township.


Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, right, walks and talks with University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, left, along Atwood and Forbes Avenue in Oakland on Monday afternoon during his latest neighborhood "sweep" in advance of the G-20.

Ballet Director

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's artistic director Terrence Orr directs a class at the PBT on Wednesday afternoon, August 19, 2009.

Moving In

Amanda Nixon, right, helps push a cart full of clothes and supplies for an incoming freshman at Duquesne University on Tuesday afternoon, August 18, 2009. This year's freshman class is the second biggest in the university's history.



Water at sunset.

Cooling Off

Ibrahim Green, 5, of East Pittsburgh escapes from the heat in the cool mist of a sprinkler at Mellon Park in Shady Side on Monday, August 17, 2009.

Music Producer

Music producer Norman Nardini sits in Erny Recordings Studio in Swissvale on Monday morning, August 17, 2009.

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton address the Netroots Nation convention, the nation's largest gathering of liberal, online activists, on Thursday evening at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. The convention ran through Sunday and was expected to be attended by nearly 2,000 bloggers.


I went out to photograph the Perseid meteor shower last night and saw dozens of meteors but none of them passed through the area where I had my camera aimed. Despite my failed efforts to capture one of the meteors, I still enjoyed a great evening under the stars. Here is just one of my frames from last night.


Nick Ryan, 20, the organizer and a competitor in Pogopalooza jumps on his pogo on Carnegie Mellon University's campus on Wednesday afternoon, August 12, 2009. The world championship of pogo will take place August 19th-August 21st in Pittsburgh, the pogo athletes will carry-out a 3-day, city-wide performance tour, stopping at such locations as Carnegie Mellon University, Point State Park, Carnegie Science Center, Mt. Washington, and more. On August 22nd, the main Pogopalooza event will take place from 1-5PM in Schenley Plaza in Oakland.


Artist Sue Donley works on a painting at her home in Oakmont on Monday, August 10, 2009.

Cooling Off

Sam Cherry, 3, of Shaler gets cooled off in the fountain at the community park in Aspinwall on Monday afternoon as temperatures in the region neared the 90 degree mark.


(from left to right) Zay Jones, 3, Christa Sims, 2, and Gracen McClain, 2, wait to be picked up from Michele's Children's Academy, Observatory Hill Early Learning Child Development Center in Observatory Hill on Friday afternoon, August 7, 2009. Pre-kindergarten programs for low income children are being informed that the state will stop funding them as of Aug. 15 because of the budget impasse.

Glass Blowing

Artist Martin Janecky, left, works on a glass clown with assistant Pat Frost on Friday afternoon, August 7, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Friendship.

G20 Preparations

Preparations continue for this fall's meeting of the G-20 leaders at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, Pittsburgh, as a worker works beneath the center on Friday afternoon, August 7, 2009.


Mourners gather at a candlelight vigil at the City County Building, Downtown in memory of the three slain women in Tuesday's deadly shooting at the LA Fitness center in Collier Township.


A white-tailed deer near North Park Lake.

Sgt. Ryan Lane

A U.S. Marine honor guard carry the flag-draped casket of Marine Sgt. Ryan Lane, 25, of Castle Shannon, after funeral services at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, PA on Monday afternoon, August 3, 2009. Sgt. Lane was killed in action in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 23 of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations. He was buried at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil Township.

Tai Chi

Barry Kukovich of West View does Tai Chi along the Allegheny River near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center during his lunch break in Downtown, Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon, July 29, 2009.


Some photos from the Forrest L. Wood Cup's day 2 weigh-ins on Friday, July 31, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

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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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