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Friday - December 27, 2013

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Mark Tranquilli raises his hand as he is sworn in as judge of the Fifth Judicial District of PA at the City-County Building in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. His children Lucas (left), 8, Marcus (center), 6, and Livia Tranquilli, 4, all of Upper Saint Clair, held their grandfather's Bible for their father as he said his oath.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Mark Tranquilli raises his hand as he is sworn in as judge of the Fifth Judicial District of PA at the City-County Building in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. His children Lucas (left), 8, Marcus (center), 6, and Livia Tranquilli, 4, all of Upper Saint Clair, held their grandfather's Bible for their father as he said his oath.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - A worker is silhouetted in the window-lined walkway above the doors of the City-County Building in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>A worker is silhouetted in the window-lined walkway above the doors of the City-County Building in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Jacob Schmitt, 12, of Ambridge, plays with tubes of lights in the 'Multisensory Quiet Area' before the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's autism-friendly performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The room was part of several modifications of the traditional ballet experience tailored specifically for people with autism, including a quiet play area, an active activity area, crafts and creative movement, as well as a modified set of rules, light cues and softened crescendos to create an 'autism-friendly performance' for families.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Jacob Schmitt, 12, of Ambridge, plays with tubes of lights in the 'Multisensory Quiet Area' before the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's autism-friendly performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The room was part of several modifications of the traditional ballet experience tailored specifically for people with autism, including a quiet play area, an active activity area, crafts and creative movement, as well as a modified set of rules, light cues and softened crescendos to create an 'autism-friendly performance' for families.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Susanna Kistler, 7, of Alexandria, VA, pokes her head out of a tent in the 'Active activity area' before the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's autism-friendly performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The room was part of several modifications of the traditional ballet experience tailored specifically for people with autism, including a quiet play area, a multi sensory quiet area, crafts and creative movement, as well as a modified set of rules, light cues and softened crescendos to create an 'autism-friendly performance' for families.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Susanna Kistler, 7, of Alexandria, VA, pokes her head out of a tent in the 'Active activity area' before the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's autism-friendly performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The room was part of several modifications of the traditional ballet experience tailored specifically for people with autism, including a quiet play area, a multi sensory quiet area, crafts and creative movement, as well as a modified set of rules, light cues and softened crescendos to create an 'autism-friendly performance' for families.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Firefly creative movement teaching artist Laurie Tarter, 59, of Mount Washington, teaches Jonathan Krzewinski (right), 14, of Springdale, a few dance moves as Firefly teaching artist Rachel Smith (center), 25, of Overbrook, plays 'The Chinese Tea Dance' on the cello before the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's autism-friendly performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The room was part of several modifications of the traditional ballet experience tailored specifically for people with autism, including a quiet play area, an active activity area, crafts and creative movement, as well as a modified set of rules, light cues and softened crescendos to create an 'autism-friendly performance' for families.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Firefly creative movement teaching artist Laurie Tarter, 59, of Mount Washington, teaches Jonathan Krzewinski (right), 14, of Springdale, a few dance moves as Firefly teaching artist Rachel Smith (center), 25, of Overbrook, plays 'The Chinese Tea Dance' on the cello before the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's autism-friendly performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The room was part of several modifications of the traditional ballet experience tailored specifically for people with autism, including a quiet play area, an active activity area, crafts and creative movement, as well as a modified set of rules, light cues and softened crescendos to create an 'autism-friendly performance' for families.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review - A worker from Raimondo Masonry Restoration Contractors of Greensburg repairs a portion of the Westmoreland County Courthouse dome on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review</em></div>A worker from Raimondo Masonry Restoration Contractors of Greensburg repairs a portion of  the Westmoreland County Courthouse dome on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Laura Yeager of Washington Township helps her 4-year-old daughter, Gracelynn, around the ice during an open skate session at Center Ice Arena in Delmont on Dec. 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Laura Yeager of Washington Township helps her 4-year-old daughter, Gracelynn, around the ice during an open skate session at Center Ice Arena in Delmont on Dec. 27, 2013.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dis - Canada geese hop into the water from a melting ice shelf at the lake at Deer Lakes Park as sunshine and rising temperatures minimized the ice at the park in West Deer on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Bridge  |  Valley News Dis</em></div>Canada geese hop into the water from a melting ice shelf at the lake at Deer Lakes Park as sunshine and rising temperatures minimized the ice at the park in West Deer on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dis - Shank Sanitation workers Matt Bumbarger, left, and his father, Larry Bumbarger, pick up trash along White Oak Drive in Allegheny Township on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Bridge  |  Valley News Dis</em></div>Shank Sanitation workers Matt Bumbarger, left, and his father, Larry Bumbarger, pick up trash along White Oak Drive in Allegheny Township on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

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