Sen. Arlen Specter and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan visit the Propect Terrace housing project in East Pittsburgh on Tuesday, November 24, 2009. The Allegheny County Housing Authority received a significant Recovery Act grant to revitalize the 94-unit housing community into a more energy efficient and green community.
TOP: Joe Lagana, 71, has lived Downtown for nearly 30 years now. A resident of the Gateway Towers, Lagana, enjoys spending his free time relaxing or walking in the nearby parks or enjoying some coffee at a cafe. BOTTOM: Patty Burk moved from the suburbs to live Downtown and loves the move.
Bob Schneider performs at Club Cafe on the South Side on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. I'll be featuring him in my next installment of "On Stage With," and will post the link once it's published. Be sure to check it out and find out what Bob had to say about his music. You can also find out more info on him and his new album "Lovely Creatures" at http://www.bobschneidermusic.com/.
Dorothy Black, 81, of North Versailles stands in her living room dressed as her favorite character, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, on Wednesday afternoon, November 18, 2009. She has been collecting Wizard of Oz memorabilia since the movie was released 70 years ago. When I showed up at her house she answered the door dressed as you see her in the photo. She then explained to me that she didn't want me to take any photographs of her. I had to laugh. I told her how great I thought she looked and explained that I really wanted to take her photograph. After a little convincing she agreed. I tried and tried several different portraits and ended up using the one I posted, but left feeling like I didn't capture the best image possible. Before leaving I had to ask her one question, "You've been a fan of the Wizard of Oz for nearly 70 years," I asked. "I have to know how many times have you watched the movie." She thought for a second and replied excitedly, "Oh my, I have probably watched it about 20 times." I paused for a second and had to chuckle to myself. I felt sad to admit it to myself, but I've probably watched it as many times in my 32 years as she has in the last 70 years. All in all it was one of those assignments that left you smiling. Dorothy was as sweet as they come and I enjoyed talking with her as much as I enjoyed making a photograph of her.
Groundbreakings are never considered great visual assignments, and this one didn't prove any different, but it's part of the day-to-day job as a newspaper photographer.(from left to right) Travis Williams, senior vice president for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Chief Executive, Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh Mayor, Rod Piatt, president of Horizon Properties, Ken Sawyer, CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Kevin Lewis, president of Cambria Suites, break ground near the new hockey arena for a new hotel on Wednesday afternoon, November 18, 2009.
The statue at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in the Hill District. Established in 1889, St Benedict became of inspiration to Hill District residents since the 1950s, the church has been a welcome gathering center for many civil and human rights meetings; it is also famous for installing of the first statue of a Moor on a catholic church in America in 1968.
City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety's District Chief Richard Linn, left, talks to a bicyclist who fell into the Ohio River near Art Rooney Avenue after he wrecked on his bike and hit his head on Tuesday afternoon, November 17, 2009. Chris Bradley, 35, of Baldwin a construction worker with Scalise Industries, right, jumped into the river to save the cyclist.
Jake Shimabukuro, the Hawaiian-born virtuoso, performs at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild on Friday evening, November 13, 2009. I featured Jake for "On Stage With," a video project that I do for the newspaper, where I feature touring artists who perform in the Pittsburgh region. The video includes an interview with Jake as well as photographs from the concert. You can check out more installments of "On Stage With" at www.pghlive.com and you can find out more information on Jake Shimabukuro at http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/.
You can watch the "On Stage With Jake Shimabukuro" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqyJfbmw2Lo
Brandon Bissell, 16, and Joe Sklemcar, 17, right, students at Steel Valley High School work on computers in their C.A.D. class at the school on Tuesday afternoon, November 10, 2009. Steel Valley High School was just named to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's list of top 50 improving districts in the state.
Jamilla Rice, a teacher at Northside Urban Pathways Charter School, is surprised by the announcement by Mike Milken, co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, (at right) that she was this year's recipient of a $25,000 Milken Educator Award on Friday afternoon during an assembly at the school.