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New Pittsburgh Courier honors 50 Men of Excellence Awards

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New Pittsburgh Courier publisher Rod Doss with honorees Justin and Livingstone Johnson and Eric Springer during the Men of Excellence ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. July 24, 2014

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“I'm always astounded by the nominations that come in,” said New Pittsburgh Courier publisher and editor Rod Doss during the Men of Excellence Awards Reception. “You almost have to say there's something in the water in Pittsburgh.”

Since 2008, the Courier has been honoring men who exemplify personal achievement and community involvement, which this year included J.T. Thomas, Eugene Harris, Nate Mitchell, Bishop Otis Carswell, R. Blaine Jones II, Nate Mitchell, Dr. Chenits Pettigrew, Jr., James Reid and the Hon. Ralph Watson — in total, 50 of the city's finest.

With a crowd of 300 guests filing into the Fairmont on July 24, the event also recognized brothers and Legacy Awardees the Hon. Livingstone Johnson, retired senior judge of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and the Hon. Justin Johnson, retired Pennsylvania Superior Court judge.

“He probably deserves it more. He's my baby brother, but he out ranks me,” said Livingstone Johnson.

The siblings were the first-ever dual awardees.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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