Staff Sgt. Eric Holman

Terri Holman sits with her son, Misha, 7, at Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Sewickley, PA on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after he was presented a flag at the funeral of his father, Army Staff Sgt. Eric S. Holman 39, who was killed in action Aug. 15 in Afghanistan.  Holman, a US Army Explosive Ordnance Tech, served with the 767th Explosive Ordnance Disposition Battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C.

Allegheny River

People enjoy the cool waters of the Allegheny River near Oakmont on Friday, August 24, 2012.


Rhonda King, 27, of the North Side holds her son, Bryce Coleman, after police recovered the baby Thursday after being abducted from UPMC's Magee Women's Hospital in Oakland.


TOP: Police search vehicles at Magee Womens Hospital after a lock-down of the Oakland hospital after a baby abducted by a woman on Thursday, August 23, 2012. BOTTOM: Charmaine King, 54, of New Kensington, the grandmother of a Bryce Coleman, an infant who was abducted from UPMC's Magee Women's Hospital, is consoled by her niece, Quevonna Oaks, 22, of the North Side, outside of the hospital on Thursday as police continue to search for the missing baby.

Paul Ryan

Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan makes a campaign stop at Beaver Steel Services, Inc. in Carnegie, PA on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. To read about his visit, check out Salena Zito's story at Trib Story

Pivik Elementary School

Dennis Pivik of O'Hara Township, the grandson of George Pivik, tries out the basketball court on a tour of Pivik Elementary School, named after his grandfather, George Pivik, in Plum on Monday evening, August 20, 2012.

Michael Symon

Celebrity chef Michael Symon stands in front of his restaurant, Bar Symon, at the Pittsburgh International Airport at an event marking the grand opening of his first airport restaurant.  Symon is a celebrity chef, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew,” winner of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef,” and author of the popular cookbook “Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen.”

Rally for Officer Kuzak

TOP: Clairton officer James Kuzak Jr. gets choked up as he talks about his girlfriend's support at a rally in support of the officer at the Allegheny County Courthouse Friday in response to the verdict issued Thursday, as Emilio Rivera and Marcus Andrejco were found not guilty on charges related to the officer’s shooting. BOTTOM: Lynn Budziszewski of Bethel Park, (left) supports her good friend, Beverly Kuzak, (right) the mother of Clairton officer James Kuzak Jr. at the rally.


A person is reflected in raindrops as they walk Downtown on a rainy Friday, August 17, 2012. (Note photo was rotated upside down.)

Native American Life

Kids enjoy “Native American Life” camp a week-long camp at  Frick Park Environmental Center on Friday, August 17, 2012.

VP Candidate Paul Ryan

Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at Walsh University's Alumni Arena during a campaign stop in North Canton, Ohio on Thursday morning.  Ryan is campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio after being named as the vice presidential candidate last week by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Read more about this event in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Cooling Off

Josh Korb, 10, of Natrona Heights, PA cools off in the "Water Steps" near PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side on Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2012.

White-tailed Deer

A white-tailed deer runs through Highland Park near Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday evening, August 14, 2012.

Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned through Ohio on Tuesday, stopping at Ohio American Energy's, Century Mine in Beallsville, Ohio. The mine is a subsidiary of Murray Energy, which produces over 60% of the coal produced in Ohio. After vising the mine, the Romney campaign stopped at Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville. To read more about Romney's campaign stops check out the Pittsburgh Trib's Salena Zito's story at story link.

Army Career Center

TOP: Augustine Kopcho, 79, of Central, PA a Marine Corp. veteran, salutes the playing of the National Anthem during a ceremony at Monroeville Mall for the opening of a new Army Career Center on Friday, August 10, 2012. SECOND: SFC. Richard Bettis is reflected in the window of a humvee during the ceremony. THIRD: Navy veteran Joe Hartman, 75, of Mt. Pleasant stands as new Army recruits take their oath as they enlist during the ceremony. BOTTOM: SSGT Nick Davis, 27, of Rillton, holds his sons, Keaton, 2, and Bennett, 1, at the Army's new Career Center.

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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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