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Nafari Vanaski is the news editor for the Bridgeville Area News, Signal Item and the South Hills Record. Her columns appear each Thursday in the Tribune-Review. Nafari Vanaski can be reached via e-mail or at 412-856-7400 x8669

Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver

By Nafari Vanaski
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in the ’Burgh through the Tribune-Review or online at TribLIVE.com from your previous home of Madison, …

Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails

By Nafari Vanaski
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s indefinite ban from the game is indefinite only because you don’t know how long it …

Vanaski: Rules would put damper on backyard fires in Allegheny County

By Nafari Vanaski
The Allegheny County Health Department gets about 1,000 complaints a year about air quality issues. What’s the over/under on how many it’ll get for tightening open-burning regulations? I ask this with my former neighbor in mind, who celebrated every family …

Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief

By Nafari Vanaski
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers roll their eyes. You stood up for a cause and dug in your heels. And …

Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police

By Nafari Vanaski 10:42 p.m.
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers tend to abandon this ship. When they do, they let me know why. “We have …

Vanaski: City looks to leave ‘Gatsby’ days behind

By Nafari Vanaski
This one movie has been stuck in my head this week. It’s called, “Man of the Century.” It’s a comedy about a guy who is living in modern-day America (which is 1999 in this case), but he dresses and acts …

Vanaski: A question with no easy reply

By Nafari Vanaski
It wasn’t easy to find people who wanted to talk about immigration the other day. One conversation went a bit like this: I explained to a woman that I was trying to get a sense of how people feel …

Vanaski: Rocco deserves same respect human officer would receive

By Nafari Vanaski
In the battle of Toms for governor,incumbent Republican Tom Corbett’s stances on issues such as education reform, Marcellus shale drilling and taxes have made his first term something of a bumpy ride. In fact, Democratic challenger Tom Wolf is leading …

Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette

By Nafari Vanaski
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely be interested in finding out what school board members have in mind, right? You’d probably …

Vanaski: PETA’s lettuce offered to aid city

By Nafari Vanaski
Of all the cities in this country, Pittsburgh would be one of the most difficult for PETA to gain a foothold. After its sports teams, Pittsburgh is known for Primanti’s. But at least give them credit for trying. People for …

Vanaski: It’s about the mark we leave

By Nafari Vanaski
This week, I’ve been thinking about how people you don’t know — or barely know — can affect your life in major ways. If it weren’t for Steve Jobs, I’d never have taken up running or most any other exercise, …

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