TOP: A man clears a parking space along a snowy street in Highland Park. BOTTOM: Lucy Bindewald, 5, of Highland Park rides a sled with her father, Dave, her sister, Ella, 7, and Phil Mollenkof of Morningside in Highland Park on Saturday, December 29, 2012.  Several inches of snow blanketed the region early Saturday morning.

Snowy Details

A few of my outtakes from the recent snow storm.

Snow Reflections

Alan Bram of Scott Township shovels snow in Mt. Washington on a snowy Wednesday afternoon, December 26, 2012.

Snowy Smithfield Street

People cross a snow covered Smithfield Street Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, December 26, 2012.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Performers are silhouetted against the screen before Saturday night's final showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont until the theater raises $75K for a new digital projection system. Fox is pulling the permission for theaters to show the cult classic on DVD effective Jan. 1. Without the twice-monthly shows at the Hollywood, it’s unknown what will happen to the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players, the “Shadow Cast” that acts out parts of the movie as audience members participate.

Immaculate Reception

Franco Harris does his famous pose with Frenchy Fuqua  after an unveiling ceremony at a monument celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception near Heinz Field on the North Side on Saturday evening.

Gun Sales

(TOP) Jake Burdett, 21, of Kittanning looks over .22 caliber semi-automatic rifles at Sportsman's Supply in Butler on December 18, 2012. (BOTTOM) Eric Shaffer, 15, of Adrian looks over .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle.

101 Years Young

When Viola Ketterer was born William Taft was President.  Born June 13, 1911, Ketterer who lives at the Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Butler, is 101 years old.

Ugly Sweaters

Gail Tarvernaris, 57, of Conway models one of her ugly Christmas sweaters. She sells them online and at the The Trading Post in New Brighton.

Nicholas Coppula and Eva Trapp

Nicholas Coppula and Eva Trapp, a couple who met at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, pose for a portrait on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. 

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa performs at the CONSOL Energy Center on "The 2050 Tour" on December 12, 2012.

Soggy Monday

A person walks across a rainy Smallman Street in the Strip District on a soggy Monday afternoon.

Pitt v. Detroit

University of Pittsburgh's James Robinson (#0) tries to keep the ball inbound against Detroit's Evan Bruinsma (#33) during the first half of their game on Saturday evening at the Petersen Events Center.

Theater's Future

Hollywood Theater in Dormont's managing director Chad Hunter stands in front of the big screen at the theater. Hunter has stressed the need to upgrade the theater from film and Blu-Ray projectors to a modern digital system. Like the Hollywood, several Pittsburgh-area independent theaters are trying to raise money for the new projection systems because movie distributors are discontinuing their use of film.

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro, a ukulele virtuoso, performs on stage during his concert at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in December.

Stage Lights

A man is silhouetted against the lights at the Jake Shimabukuro concert at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in December.


A piece of mica in a slab of granite from Madagascar,  shines in the light at Dente Classic and Exotic Stone's Oakmont warehouse on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

Holiday Market

Samuel Cournoyer, 30, works the Christkindl Nativity shop at a special ceremony to kick off the official grand opening of the first-ever Peoples Gas Holiday Market on Saturday in Market Square. The market showcases regional and international market merchants featuring unique gifts and collectibles imported from around the globe.

Sunset Cast

A man fishes below the Allegheny River Lock and Dam No. 3 as the sun begins to set on Friday, November 23, 2012.

Day of Listening

Paul Farkas, a Korean War veteran who served in the Navy, gets interviewed at the Heinz History Center as part of the National Day of Listening on Friday, November 23, 2012.


Natalie Parkinson of Butler touches a memorial wall of names of victims of drunk drivers during an event by MADD for a day of honoring law enforcement, remembering all victims of DUI and kicking off the holiday season safely.  Parkinson's daughter, Renee was killed on July 4, 2007 by a drunk driver.

Pittsburgh Crèche

Bishop David Zubik leads a prayer as part of the Christian Leaders Fellowship, an ecumenical group of local bishops and denominational executives, that held a prayer service at the annual dedication of the Pittsburgh Crèche, on Friday, November 16th in the plaza at the US Steel Towers on Grant Street, Downtown.

McKayla Maroney

Olympic gold medal winning gymnast McKayla Maroney makes her "not impressed face" as she takes a photo of herself at the Panera Bread on Tuesday afternoon, November 13, 2012.

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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 fiancé, Stephanie Strasburg.

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