Paul Manno, 63, works on a pair of boots at Ullrich's, Downtown on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Manno has been repairing shoes for over 50 years.


TOP: Lucille Santella, 94, of Penn Hills, volunteers at the Penn Hills Senior Center. BOTTOM: Gloria Anderson, 86, of Penn Hills knits at the senior center.

Fun with Dad

Robert Morgan, 2, of Sharpsburg enjoys the warmer weather as he runs from his father, Christopher, while playing in Sharpsburg on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Black Friday

Judy (right) and Marianne Kosslow of Brentwood shop at South Hills Village Mall in Bethel Park on "Black Friday," November 25, 2011.

Pottery Dome

Bob Isenberg, 40, of Slippery Rock, throws a pot at the Pottery Dome in Springfield Township, Mercer County on Wednesday afternoon, November 23, 2011.


Katherine Bomkamp, a high-school student-- now a sophomore at West Virginia University--who at 16 came up with a medical device known as the "Pain Free Socket" that relieves phantom limb pain for amputees. The device is currently patent-pending, and Katherine has been speaking with a national prosthetics company about buying the licensing rights.

Dirty Charms

The South Side-based band Dirty Charms is (from left), Rocky Lamonde, Angel O, Trym Killi and Darryl Van Zant.

TJ Lubinsky

TJ Lubinsky, executive producer and director of many PBS music shows, at his Gibsonia home on Wednesday evening, November 16, 2011.

Miniture Railroad

The miniature railroad village at the Carnegie Science Center.

Tire Recycling

The Liberty Tire Recycling facility in Braddock on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Liberty Tire Recycling recycles about a quarter of all tires discarded in the US each year.

Jamie & Shawn's Wedding

A few images from Jamie & Shawn's wedding.

Closer Look

Kyle McClain, 9, of South Buffalo Township, looks over some of the dinosaur models that Tony Palermo has set up at Children's Hospital on Saturday, November 12, 2011.


U.S. Marine PFC Eric Elinski, 18, of Gibsonia, is reflected in a memorial dedicated to Marines, during a dedication ceremony at Upper St. Clair's Veteran's Park on Friday, November 11, 2011.

In Honor of our Veterans

Thank You!

City Theatre

Paul Thompson plays the upright bass during a rehearsal for the City Theatre's production of Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Luke Macfarlane

Luke Macfarlane, who is best known for his role as Scotty Wandell on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, rehearses on stage during a dress rehearsal for the City Theatre's production of Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir on Thursday evening, November 10, 2011.

Rush Hour

Rush-hour traffic on Boulevard of the Allies Downtown on Wednesday evening, November 9, 2011.

Suspect Arrested

A suspect in a shooting sits in the back of a police vehicle on the North Side on Wednesday afternoon, November 9, 2011.

Trombone Shorty

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews performs at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening. I’m sure those who were fortunate enough to attend the show can attest, Troy and his band have seemingly endless talents that they reveal on stage in a performance that leaves everyone dancing and begging for more. If you haven’t seen them live, do yourself a favor and don’t miss their show the next time they are in town. I know I sure won’t. This is one show I look forward to every year, and is easily my favorite show of the year! Check out more about Trombone Shorty at and be sure to get yourself a copy of his new album, “For True,” (Sept. 13 on Verve Forecast).

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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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