This photo is from 2002 and was shot while I was working for the Valley News Dispatch. In the photo, Vincent Green, 11, (left), Christian Maroni, 6, (center), and Brandon Bachman, 9, (right) all of Tarentum, play cops and robbers outside of Christian's home in Tarentum. I had been driving around feature hunting for awhile, as we do often in the newspaper business. When I turned a corner in Tarentum I saw these kids playing. I quickly pulled my car over and got out and began shooting. I only got off about a half dozen frames off before the kids noticed me and the moment was lost. When I went back to the newspaper my friend and colleague Jeff Swensen helped me edit through the series of photos. We picked the one we liked best, decided it looked best in black & white and I showed it to the city editor. He quickly told me that because of the content it would never run in the paper. Kids playing with guns isn't something the newspaper wants to condone. I argued that the photo has to run because of its content. I've always felt the photo was innocent in nature but spoke to a larger issue of our times.
A shootout between Pittsburgh police and five gunmen who robbed a North Side store Wednesday turned a stretch of Brighton Road into a "war zone" that injured one officer.
After SWAT officers swept through surrounding businesses, police arrested three men and searched for two others officers say were part of the crew who pulled off a calculated armed holdup of The Swap Meet, a block from the Zone 1 police station, and exchanged fire with four officers responding to calls for help.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repair fleet crew work to secure a 30-ton miter gate, which acts as the huge doors that allow vessels to enter and exit the lock and that contains water while it raises or lowers to the next river level, to be removed and renovated as part of critical repairs that are being done on the Allegheny River Lock and Dam 2 near Highland Park. The repairs will keep the lock closed from Monday, Sept. 13, to Monday, Sept. 27, as repairs are done on the aging navigation facility.
Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby signs an autograph and plays some backyard hockey with the Koch family at their home in Upper St. Clair on Friday afternoon, September 10, 2010 after delivering their season tickets.
Jacqueline Graham, the mother of Shalane Graham, who was shot to death on November 29, 2008, is emotional as she unveils a newly renovated community playground in Oakland named in her daughter's honor.
The funeral procession for longtime Kennywood employee Nancy Jackson is reflected in a mirror on the carousel as the procession passes through the West Mifflin amusement park on Wednesday afternoon en-route to St. Joseph Cemetery in West Mifflin. Jackson, 76, was retired from the park where she worked as a money counter and bookkeeper.
Stephen Repasky, an employee with Bee Control, removes nearly 15,000 honey bees from a building at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Burgess Street on the North Side on Friday afternoon, September 3, 2010.
Pittsburgh native Chip Ganassi meets with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to discuss the business aspect of his successful venture in both NASCAR and Indy Racing League. Ganassi is the first owner in motorsports history to win all three of the major American races -- Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.