Rush performs on stage at the Consol Energy Center on Thursday evening, September 16, 2010.

Revisted: April 7, 2002

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.

Lock Repairs

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.

Sid the Kid

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.

Remembering Shalane

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.

Final Ride

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.

Artist Mark Panza

Mark Panza owner of Panza Gallery & Frame Shop in Millvale sits in his gallery on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

Asa Watten

Asa Watten, CEO of Fossil Free Fuel LLC, stands in his shop in Braddock on Thursday afternoon, September 2, 2010.

Chip Ganassi

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.

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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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