Snow Jump

Kiefer Mansfield, 19, of Penn Hills jumps a picnic table while snowboarding in Boyce Park in Plum on Wednesday afternoon, January 13, 2010.

Elmo & Grover

Ethan Loney, 2, of Crafton, a patient with Stage 4 Neoroblastoma at Children's Hospital, and his mother, Kelly, get a visit from Elmo and Grover who visited the hospital on Friday, January 15, 2010.

Consol Engery Center

Construction continues inside of the Consol Energy Center, the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Thursday, January 14, 2010. The floor of the rink, with 10 miles of piping, is set and ready to be poured next week.


Keo Phouthavong, 60, a furrier at Carl Herrmann Furs, Downtown, works on a fur on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010. Phouthavong has been working in the business of furs for nearly 30 years.

Rep. Joe Sestak

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, is seeking a win against Sen. Arlen Specter in the upcoming election.

Google Engineer

Kevin Serafini, a New Kensington native, and Google Software Engineer at the company's CMU-based office, is one of a team that created the Google Sky Map application for smart phones. The app has surpassed 1 million users and allows people to see the planets, stars, and constellations in the direction they point their phones.

Snow Fun

Macaroni penguins enjoy some play time outside in the snow at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on Friday afternoon, January 8, 2010.

Snowy Crossing

A pedestrian crosses over a snowy Blvd. of the Allies, Downtown on Thursday evening as the snow storm begins to drop its first flakes on the region and is expected to continue through Saturday. As the snow began traffic on many roadways was much more congested than normal.

Soldier Sendoff

Hundreds of local families scattered across Western Pennsylvania said goodbye to their loved ones serving with the Pennsylvania National Guard's 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2010 as 114 soldiers left from the Hunt Armory in Shadyside. The soldier will be heading to Camp Atterbury, Ind., where they will train for approximately five weeks before leaving for Afghanistan. In Afghanistan they will be heading to the Kunar Province where they will carry out a vital mission in the War on Terror serving as security for Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

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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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