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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: Tablet computers no cure-all for Allegheny County Jail inmates, but they’re worth trying

By Nafari Vanaski
Allegheny County Jail officials are embarking on a program that would offer tablet computers to inmates. The tablets wouldn’t allow inmates Internet access — they would only be able to tap into an intranet loaded with educational, vocational and treatment-based ...

Vanaski: As Pa. schools’ spending gap widens, kids learn to do without

By Nafari Vanaski
It seems a little off that where you live can determine the type of education you receive. But that’s the way things are in Pennsylvania right now. Some might say that sounds alarmist, or overstating things. If you think ...

Vanaski: There are more gray areas than ever in raising a child

By Nafari Vanaski
It’s a scary time to be a parent. There’s the environment, social media and adult-level cartoons to worry about, plus that constant fear that something bad could happen to your child. Random people can report you to the authorities because they ...

Vanaski: Allegheny County councilman prepares push for outside prosecutors in police misconduct cases

By Nafari Vanaski
When Michael Bell received $1.75 million in 2010 to settle his six-year lawsuit against the Kenosha, Wis., police department over the police shooting death of his son, he used all of the money to convince the state to adopt a ...

Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder

By Nafari Vanaski
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest,” Neil Patrick Harris said with a smile Sunday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts ...

Vanaski: Vaccine scare theories debunked, but many don’t know about the evidence

By Nafari Vanaski
The first time I talked to Nancy Minshew, she had a police escort. That seemed highly unusual, considering it was a Monday night at Penn Brewery, and she was talking to a bunch of science geeks at a monthly gathering ...

Vanaski: Disney’s musical formula speaks to kids — to some parents’ dismay

By Nafari Vanaski
I had always thought that my sister-in-law was on good terms with us. But over the Christmas holiday, she arranged for our children to watch the movie “Frozen.” Three times in one night, apparently, with their cousins. She also gave ...

Vanaski: Black History Month is a lesson for us all: the good and the bad

By Nafari Vanaski
Every year, the question arises about why there’s a Black History Month. My own white husband poses this question. “How come there isn’t a Hispanic history month?” he says. Every. Single. Year. (There actually is a Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated ...

Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense

By Nafari Vanaski 11:21 p.m.
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just for being resilient, but this weather tends to bring out behavior that suggests too many ...

Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you

By Nafari Vanaski
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is unveiling an app that lets people order home delivery of 12- or 24-packs of beer. ...

Vanaski: Website fosters ‘niche’ arrangements for students to afford college

By Nafari Vanaski
President Obama has proposed a plan that would allow qualified students to attend community college for free for two years. Students would have to attend at least part time and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. The state and federal ...

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