Donald Wagner, 79, of Shaler Township, cuts the grass at Duncan Heights Cemetery in McCandles on Tuesday afternoon, June 29, 2010. Wagner, a Korean War veteran and commander of VFW Post 9199, has been taking care of the small cemetery where soldiers are buried from four wars. But after two open-heart surgeries and with his 80th birthday looming, he fears won't be able to continue taking care of the cemetery for long and wonders who if anyone will take over the responsibilities.

Blessing of the Fleet

Captain George Boyle of Harmarville talks to boaters on the Allegheny River near the Point on Sunday afternoon, June 27, 2010 during the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

Sarrah & Matt's Wedding

Here are some photos from Sarrah & Matt's wedding at Longue Vue Club in Verona.

Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Hoover

An honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of Army Sgt.1st Class Bryan Hoover, 29, of West Elizabeth, during funeral services for the soldier at Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Hoover was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, Connellsville, Pa. He died June 11 at FOB Bullard, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. His father Melvin "Sam" Hoover received the flag off of his son's casket and knelt down beside it to say his final goodbyes.


Chris Rhodes and Ian Sauers, employees with West Penn Energy Solutions, work on a home in East Liberty on Thursday, June 17, 2010.

Port Authority

Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Steve Bland talks about the transit agency's situation at a planning and development committee meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at the Heinz 57 Center, Downtown.

Pittsburgh's Pride

A few photos from Pittsburgh's Pride Parade on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

The Big Flush

Some 250 students helped staff members and others to flush 384 toilets and 168 urinals at the Consol Energy Center during a test of the new arena's plumbing system on Thursday afternoon. Construction at the Pittsburgh Penguins' new arena is nearly complete, but before the arena is ready to open they needed to simultaneously flush all the toilets and urinals to make sure everything is working properly.

Lets Go Pens

Phil Bourque, former Penguin and color commentator alongside with Mike Lange for Penguins radio broadcasts, leads students participating in the "Student Flush" at Consol Energy Center in the first chant of "Let's go Pens" before they participated in the test of the arenas toilets and urinals on Thursday afternoon. The students were the first members of the public to see inside of the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.


A few photos of Mary for her senior photos.

Green Spaces

Michael Zanic, administrative partner of the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates sits in one of the green office spaces at their Downtown office on Thursday, June 10, 2010.

City View

A view of Pittsburgh from the K&L Gates Building, Downtown on Thursday afternoon, June 10, 2010.

Perp Walk

Sean Wright, the suspect in Wednesday's hour-long car chase that led police through several neighborhoods and ended with a crash injuring three officers, is led into police headquarters on the North Side on Wednesday evening, June 9, 2010. As detectives led Wright, wearing a hospital gown, into headquarters, he said he was sorry for what happened, but it wasn't his fault. "The car was driving itself," Wright said. "The car has a GPS. It's a Navigator. They drive themselves. I wasn't running nowhere."

Rebecca & Joseph's Wedding

Here are a few photos from Rebecca & Joseph's wedding.

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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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