Flying High

Finn Kiniry, 4, of Wilkinsburg gives his airplane a toss as his brother, Connor, 6, (left) and mother, Julie Evans (right) look on at Frick Park's Forbes & Braddock Playground in Regent Square on Saturday afternoon.

Tea Party

Tea Party members demonstrate in support of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in front of the City County Building, Downtown on February 25, 2011.

Fear the Shave?

"I feel naked," Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel said last night at Diesel Club Lounge in the South Side, after having his trademark beard hacked off in a fundraiser for the cancer treatment center at Children's Hospital.

Tim Kaiser

Two-time Emmy award-winning television producer Tim Kaiser has worked on such hit shows as Seinfeld, Will & Grace and $#*! My Dad Says. At his Hampton home he has memorabilia from his time with each of the shows, including two unique souvenirs from Seinfeld, the Superman statue used in every episode and the clapboard from the final scene of the final episode. Besides his Emmys, he also has won a Golden Globe Award as well as a People Choice Award. One of Kaiser's more recent projects is the award-winning documentary film, "Rock Prophecies," a documentary about rock 'n' roll photographer Robert M. Knight and his mission to find the world's best new guitar player. The film features such music stars as Santana, ZZ Top, Slash and Def Leppard. You can check out more info on the film at

Tearful Vigil

Emotions run high as friends, family and community members gather in Penn Hills for a candlelight vigil for William King, the 23-year old Penn Hills man who was killed last week and found dismembered. The somber vigil brought Tionna Toombs, 11, to tears as family and friends remembered King.

Snow Jump

Eleni Wyrick, 8, of Oakmont goes airborne as she takes advantage of the freshly fallen snow to sled ride in Oakmont on Tuesday afternoon, February 22, 2011.

Future Engineers

Brendan Cruz, 6, a student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Cyert Center for Early Education Program for Collaborative Learning works on building a clay bridge as part of a challenge designed to coincide with National Engineers Week Feb. 20-26. "While it is very exciting to see how young children are able to design and build a bridge using clay and wire, what is most exciting to us is the way that young children are able to collaborate. This is what is truly exciting...children building skills and dispositions that will last a lifetime," says Judy Abrams, Program Director at the center.

John Ford

Historian John Ford has several pieces of African American heritage on display at Soldiers & Sailors where they will be hosting an African American Heritage Celebration Saturday meant to educate people about the African American heritage during the Civil War. It is the first-ever event of this type at the museum and officials hope to make it an annual event.

WATSON's Night

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Eric Nyberg, one of the lead members of the team that created, WATSON, the Jeopardy playing IBM computer that has been playing off against two all time Jeopardy champs on February 14-16, watches WATSON compete on Jeopardy on Wednesday evening, February 16, 2011 at CMU's Rashid Auditorium.

Lilly Andrews

Lilly Andrews, 62, sits behind the counter with her dog, Baby, at her store, Lilliput Doll Hospital, in Brentwood on Tuesday afternoon, February 15, 2011. Next door to Lilliput, Andrews also owns and operates, the Original 5 &10. Andrews says proudly when speaking of the store, "You walk in here and it's like a time capsule. A 5&10 is a place where you can be a child again."


Karen Santoro of the South Side, an Air Force veteran who works in the VA University Drive Surgical Services office, discovered that two coworkers illegally accessed her medical records and found out she was being treated for depression.

Farewell Address

Michael Kraus, curator at Soldiers & Sailors, leads a handful of people who are participating in a simultaneous reading of Lincoln's Farewell Address to the people of Springfield from February 11, 1861. Organizers are trying to get enough people in enough cities to read this simultaneously to set a new record for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Class Time

Duquesne University's Dr. Julia Williams instructs students at Langley High School on Friday afternoon.

100 Years of Courier

Monique Howze, 40, of Penn Hills is silhouetted against a screen at an event celebrating 100 years of the Pittsburgh Courier at the Heinz History Center.

Black & Gold: Highs and Lows

Morgan Kielty, 23, of Toronto, Canada, a former Pitt student, reacts after the Green Bay Packers score their third touchdown in Super Bowl XLV, as he watches the game at Peter's Pub in Oakland.

Liza Gentile, 21, of O'Hara Township celebrates at Peter's Pub in Oakland as the Pittsburgh Steelers score a touchdown in the final minutes of the first half.

(from left to right) Mike Delbaugh, 25, Alley Holtzman, 23, and Kevin Delbaugh, 29, all of Harrisburg cheer on the Steelers while watching Super Bowl XLV at Peter's Pub.

Police line up across Forbes Avenue in Oakland after the end of Super Bowl XLV.

Wounded Warriors

At Fort Riley in Kansas, home to the First Infantry Division, two out of every three soldiers in the Warrior Transition barracks have been diagnosed with mental or substance abuse ailments, often after the soldiers underwent repeated combat deployments. Lt. Col Andrew Price, the commander of the Fort Riley unit, (center) calls to attention his wounded warriors.

Soldiers in the Fort Riley, Kansas, Wounded Warrior unit line up in formation.

Patti Gallion Katter, looks over a mountain of paperwork compiled in her efforts to help her husband, Ken, heal from his wounds.

Lt. Col Andrew Price, commander of the Fort Riley unit, (right) talks with Capt. Kathleen Ryan, 36, of Murrysville, PA (left) before the wounded warriors are called into formation.

Ken Katter, a former sergeant who was wounded leading Army scouts in Iraq, recovers at his home in Saginaw, Mich. He called his previous stay in a Warrior Transition unit a "nightmare."

U.S. Army Lt. Col Andrew Price (left) talks to Maj. Robert Stinson, a soldier with the Kansas Army National Guard's transition office.

With little electricity in her dilapidated home, Sgt. 1st Class Diana Clark cooks dinner by window light and a piano lamp.

Kids Rally

Logan Labance, 6, of Carnegie waves his Terrible Towel during a pep rally for the Steelers at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side on Saturday afternoon.

Packers Fan

During a pep rally at Chaser's bar in Greenfield, Timothy McCarthy, the cousin of the Green Bay Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy, shows off his Steelers shirt that he wears under his Green Bay jersey, although he's quick to point out he's rooting for the Packers.

Gov. Tom Ridge

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge speaks at Carnegie Mellon University about "Getting it Right on Marcellus: Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security," on Thursday evening, February 3, 2011.

Wine Kiosk

A shopper walks by the wine kiosk at the Giant Eagle in Fox Chapel's Waterworks Plaza.

Classroom Fun

TOP: St. Sebastian third grade student Ashley Kohnen, 9, works on an activity where the students pretend they are restaurant owners. MIDDLE: Patrick Marchione, 11, works on an activity where the students stretch twine between each other to see how many individual countries are involved in a production of an automobile. BOTTOM: Desmond Shannon, 8, (left) and Zak Klaczak, 9, (right) work on an activity where they pretend they are restaurant owners.

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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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