Lightning over Cheswick

Lightning strikes over Cheswick as storms passed through the region early Friday morning, March 16, 2012.

Lightning over Oakmont

Lightning strikes behind a tree in Oakmont as storms passed through the region early Friday morning, March 16, 2012.


A standoff in East Liberty ended peacefully Sunday night when two men surrendered to police. The Pittsburgh Police SWAT team was called out to a house on Rippey Street where a suspect or suspects who may have shot a teenager nearby were believed to be hiding this evening, dispatchers said. The shooting occurred near North Euclid Street just before 5:45 p.m., and a teenage male was taken to UPMC Presbyterian with gunshot wounds to the back and arm. Witnesses told police that two men matching the suspected shooters' descriptions ran into a house in the 5800 block of Rippey Street, and SWAT personnel were responding to the scene by 6 p.m. The standoff ended about 7:55 p.m. when the two men came out of the house.

Night Walk

A woman walks through East Liberty on Sunday evening, March 11, 2012.

Empty Bowls

Dennis McManus, Government Relations & Advocacy Manager at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, looks at bowls at the Food Bank and Just Harvest's 17th Empty Bowls Dinner at Rodef Shalom on Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2012.

Western Psych Shooting

Police help employees of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Oakland to flee the building after a shooting left two people dead and up to seven wounded, including a university police officer, in a shooting Thursday afternoon, March 8, 2012.

Camera Sutra

A collection of images shot on the iPhone Camera Sutra application.

Coach Mitruski

John Mitruski, a retired Thomas Jefferson teacher and football coach at the high school, who is still head girls’ softball coach at TJ, has undergone three bypasses to correct a 90 percent blockage of his heart. He's in rehab now but is still coaching the softball team this season.

Community Forum

Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Linda Lane speaks at a community forum on Thursday at the Bidwell Presbyterian Church on the North Side.

App Lab

Dan Fisher, 15, a freshman works in an App Lab at South Fayette High School on Wednesday afternoon, February 23, 2012. The students use Android-based tablet computers to program their own games and applications, in the final lesson of the schools' App Lab program.

Cirque Dreams

Elena Tselishcheva, a performer with "Pop Goes the Rock" by Cirque Dreams, hula hoops for children at Children's Hospital on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

Watch the Birdie

A couple of birds at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

Strip District

(Top) The view from the loading docks of the iconic Produce Terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District on Saturday, February 18, 2012. (Bottom) Neil Stanton Jr., 58, an employee with Coosemans of Pittsburgh, works on the loading docks of the iconic Produce Terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Lou Gehrig's Disease

Neil Alexander, 46, and his wife Suzanne, 44, pose for a portrait at their home in O' Hara Township on Wednesday afternoon, February 15, 2012. Neil, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, has launched a fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to raise public awareness and support research on the disease.

Birth Control

Ashley Dishman, 20, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, hands out Ramen Noodles at an event at Pitt on Friday afternoon, where Voices for Planned Parenthood handed out $600 worth of Ramen Noodles, the equivalent of one year's worth of copays for birth control.

Fear the Beard

Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel gets his beard cut off at Diesel on the South Side on Thursday evening to raise money for Children's Hospital.


A man watches Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel get his beard cut off at Diesel on the South Side on Thursday evening to raise money for Children's Hospital.

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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, and in 2013, traveled to Egypt to cover the anniversary of the revolution and to Rome to document the conclave that elected Pope Francis. Merriman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2000 with a degree in English Writing. In 2009, the university awarded him its prestigious Alumnus of Distinction award. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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