Emergency Hearing




TOP: June Chappell, of Hopewell Township, Washington County, wipes away tears after speaking at a hearing by the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on emergency response in the Marcellus Shale region, chaired by U.S. Senator Bob Casey at the Federal Courthouse, Downtown Pittsburgh on Monday, July 26, 2010. In 2007, 118 acres of property surrounding Chappell's home was sold by a coal company to a gas drilling company and she testified to the hardships the drilling has caused on her and her family. She became emotional when she spoke saying, "The good news about the wastewater impoundment being filled in was bitter sweet. On February 26th, 2010, my husband died. I know he would be proud of me." BOTTOM: U.S. Senator Bob Casey chairs the hearing

Public Hearing




1200 people fill the room at Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg on Thursday evening for a public meeting held by the EPA to discuss the relationships between hydraulic fracturing and potential impacts on drinking water.

Body Found


Emergency personnel and police recover the body of a woman found floating in the Allegheny River near Nadine Road and Allegheny River Boulevard in Penn Hills on Thursday afternoon, July 22, 2010.

Bus Route Cuts



Keith Wood, 52, of Robinson waits for a bus at the Mall at Robinson on Wednesday afternoon, July 21, 2010. Wood relies on the buses and would be majorly affected if the proposed plan of the Port Authority to cut certain routes goes into effect.

Lori Jakiela


Poet Lori Jakiela poses for a photograph on the North Side on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

Manfred Honeck


Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during a rehearsal at Heinz Hall on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

Court Date


Judith Orie (left), Janine Orie (middle), and Sen. Jane Orie (right), head into the Allegheny County Courthouse on Monday morning for a preliminary hearing before Judge Donna Jo McDaniel.

Car Fire



Firefighters extinguish a car engulfed in flames along the East bound side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Irwin Interchange on Thursday afternoon, July 15, 2010.

Meeting of Important People


Members of the band, Meeting of Important People, from left to right, Matt Miller, Aaron Bubenheim, and Josh Verbanets will be releasing a new album.

House Call



Dr. Scott Serbin examines Emma Bellotte, 5, during a house call at her home in Sewickley on Friday afternoon, July 9, 2010.

Adam Lazenga


Adam Lazenga, 18, a graduate of Bethel Park and incoming freshman at University of Pittsburgh poses for a portrait on Pitt's campus on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

Sgt. Joseph Caskey








Here are a few photos from Marine Sgt. Joseph Caskey's funeral at the United Baptist Church of Harlansburg on Tuesday afternoon, July 6, 2010 in New Castle, PA. Caskey, 24, of West View was killed on June 26, 2010 when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was riding in while supporting combat operations in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

Summertime





A few photos of people enjoying the warm weather today.

Section 60

A woman stands among the headstones of Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, an area where war dead from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are laid to rest.

A small memento painted with the personal note, "American Hero," is left on a grave marker.

A woman sits and weeps in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Nicki Bunting sits with her children, Connor, 2, and 7-month old Cooper, at her husband and their father, Captain Brian Bunting's grave at Arlington on Father's Day. Bunting, 29, of Potomac, Md., died February 24, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Four days after he died his wife found out she was pregnant with Cooper.

Janae Morrison, 2, gets a helping hand from Eleanor Davis, 78, to put a stone on top of her cousin, Justin Ray Davis' grave. The grandmother and cousin joined other relatives of Davis, who was killed in Korengal Outpost, Afghanistan (near Kunar Province), on June 25, 2006, when he came in contact with indirect fire while on patrol during combat operations, to clean his headstone and place fresh flowers on his gave.

Isaiah West, 10, of Frederick, MD., cleans the headstone of 1st Lt. Forrest Ewens while his cousin, Justin Ray Davis' grave. Ewens was killed in the Pech River Valley, Afghanistan, on June 16, 2006, when his all terrain vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during combat operations.

A young girl writes a Father's Day card for her father she sits on his grave.

Rick Tieman, 51, of Waynesboro, PA., leaves a note to his son, Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman, 28, also of Waynesboro, PA., who was killed on May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing.

Elizabeth Belle, 55, of Fairfax, VA sits at her son, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Cain Kirven's grave. "It is an awful beautiful," she says of Arlington. Her son, Lance Cpl. Kirven, 21, was killed on May 8, 2005 as a result of enemy action in Alishang, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Brooke Nyren, 13, kisses her father, Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Nyren's headstone at Arlington on Father's Day. Staff Sgt. Nyren was killed in Iraq in December 28, 2004.

These are some photos from Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. Section 60 is reserved for the war dead of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has become a place where families and friends gather to remember, reflect, and mourn the loss of their loved ones. To read Mike Wereschagin's story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review visit:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_688906.html

Homecoming












Airmen with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 171st Air Refueling Wing return home to their anxiously awaiting families just in time for the Fourth of July. The airmen were deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar where they were providing combat support operations for the war in Afghanistan.

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Tribune-Review, 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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