Madden



Madden dresses up like a police officer for Halloween.

School Board Meeting



TOP: Kurt Anderson, 54, of Bethel Park expresses his thoughts against the teacher strike during a school board meeting on Thursday night in Bethel Park. BOTTOM: Bethel Park school board members listen as the public addresses the school board.

Help for Haiti


Kathleen Hower, CEO of Global Links stands with mattresses in their Point Breeze warehouse that will be shipped to Haiti to help with the aid of cholera victims. They will also be shipping linens, IV poles and soap to help with the outbreak.

Swastika House




Thelma Smith sits in her home on Andover Terrace in Oakland on Tuesday afternoon, October 26, 2010. The home bears a swastika in the concrete above the entrance. Built in 1912, long before Hitlers rise, the swastika is a Hindu symbol of the sun and is also a symbol of good luck. The builder of the home in 1912 named the home "Swastika" and is photographed at far right of the historic photograph.

Rescued


Diane Robinson, 48, of Zelienople, Pa. smiles as she recovers in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon initially feared there were no survivors when he hastily stopped his car to pull a woman through a broken windshield of a sport utility vehicle that crashed in front of him. Dixon received minor cuts on his hands as he helped Robinson escape by prying back the windshield.

Amy & Bill's Wedding






A few photos from Amy & Bill's wedding.

Hall of Fame


Linda and Jim Crawshaw stand with their son Matt Crawshaw (left) as their other son, Michael Crawshaw is posthumously honored with an induction into the Hall of Fame at the 10th annual Amen Corner, Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon, October 22, 2010 at the Sheraton Station Square. Penn Hills Officer Michael Crawshaw was shot and killed from ambush while responding to a disturbance call at a residence on Johnston Road in Penn Hills, on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

Steph Senior Portraits





A few photos of Steph from her senior portrait shoot.

Fall






A few images from this fall in Western Pennsylvania.

Revitalizing Bellevue


Aaron Stubna, 39, owner of Lincoln Barber Shop in Bellevue sits in his shop on Tuesday afternoon, October 19, 2010. Stubna supports Bellevue becoming a wet town and allowing alcohol and believes that it can help revitalize the business district of the town.

Lauren & Travis Wedding







A few photos from Lauren & Travis' wedding.

Greg Petro


Greg Petro, CEO of First Insight, stands in his office on the South Side on Tuesday afternoon, October 19, 2010.

Rain Delay?


Woodland Hills athletic director George Novak stands in a downpour as he makes remarks at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the school's new baseball and softball fields on Friday afternoon, October 15, 2010.

Bill Mazeroski


Bill Mazeroski sits near the former site of Forbes Field in Oakland to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 World Series and Mazeroski's famous home run that won the game for the Pirates on October 13, 1960.

Mazeroski's Day


Bill Mazeroski is cheered by hundreds who gathered at the former site of Forbes Field in Oakland to commemorate the 50Th anniversary of the 1960 World Series and Mazeroski's famous home run that won the game for the Pirates on October 13, 1960.


Joe Emanuele, 61, of Forest Hills (at right with bat) celebrates as Bill Mazeroski's famous home run is called during a replay of the broadcast of the final game of the 1960 World Series at the former site of Forbes Field in Oakland. Hundreds gathered to commemorate the Pirates win over the Yankees.


Peter Lihas, 60, of Turtle Creek celebrates as Bill Mazoroski's famous home run is called during a replay of the broadcast of the final game of the 1960 World Series at the former site of Forbes Field in Oakland.


Liam Sontheimer, 3, of Hershey, PA waits for autographs from members of the 1960 Pirates team near the former site of Forbes Field in Oakland

Mural Dedication


Jay Willis plays the saxophone during a dedication of a mural in Wilkinsburg on Tuesday evening, October 12, 2010. The Wikinsburg Community Development Corporation dedicated the mural as part of the organizations public art program to preserve, restore and enhance the borough's appearance through artistic expression.

Marc Adams


Marc Adams, owner of Bloom Cigar Company Inc., stands in his shop on the South Side on October 11, 2010. One of his patron's cars were towed on the South Side on Sunday during the crackdown on illegal parking.

Mario Lemieux



Mario Lemieux stands next to a mosaic that was unveiled during a ceremony on Tuesday at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled the “Mario Mosaic” – a unique 20’ x 8’ tribute to the career of Penguins hockey legend and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, featuring over 10,000 images of Penguins fans and cancer survivors.

Tom Corbett



Susan Bolin, Clinical Laboratory Supervisor at Precision Therapeutics, gives gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett a tour of their South Side facilities on Monday afternoon, October 4, 2010.

Westboro Baptist Church

Shirley Phelps-Roper (right) daughter of Fred Phelps, the minister of the Westboro Baptist Church based in Topeka, Kan., demonstrates in front of the Trinity High School in Washington, PA on Monday afternoon, October 4, 2010. The independent fundamentalist group, known for their hatred against homosexuals and protests at military funerals, are making their way from Kansas to Washington, D.C., where the Supreme Court will hear an appeal in a case where one military family sued the group and won, but the ruling was overturned and the father of a fallen Marine was ordered to pay the church's court costs of $16,000.

A member of the Westboro Baptist Church based in Topeka, Kan., demonstrates.

Daniel Phelps, 9, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church based in Topeka, Kan., demonstrates with his mother (not photographed).

Luke Phelps-Roper, 8, the son of a member of the Westboro Baptist Church based in Topeka, Kan., demonstrates with his mother (not photographed).

Manny Chacalos, 21, of Wheeling (left) protests against the Westboro Baptist Church.

Kacey Jobkar, 18, of McDonald (left) yells, "Go home Shirley," speaking to the daughter of Fred Phelps the minister of the Westboro Baptist Church based in Topeka, Kan., who demonstrated in front of the Trinity High School in Washington, PA on Monday afternoon, October 4, 2010. Jobkar, Erin Blanchard, 25, of Avella (center) and Davina Ruschel, 35, of Washington (right) all have husbands deployed in Afghanistan and showed up to protest the independent fundamentalist group.

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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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