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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: 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, …

Vanaski: (The real) high point in city likes it low-key

By Nafari Vanaski
There aren’t any fancy restaurants up here.  No incline embedded into the hillside, either. There are none of those silver viewfinder machines that you find at scenic overlooks that cost a quarter. That’s probably good, though, because those things are …

Vanaski: Hold on to loved ones as vacation fun slips

By Nafari Vanaski
A vacation is supposed to be a time of mindless fun, a time to kick back and forget about work and all your troubles. Not this one. No, this one was heavy on life lessons. Here are three of the …

Vanaski: School lunches’ healthy food habit unlearned

By Nafari Vanaski
When I was pregnant with my second child, things kinda got a little out of control, appetite-wise. I was making clandestine stops at fast-food joints just because I got hungry on the way home. (Full disclosure: It was a five-minute …

Vanaski: August Wilson Center becomes money pit

By Nafari Vanaski
In the space of just four years, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh now owes various entities and people about $10 million. Oh, wait — tack an extra $78,215 on that. That would be the …

Vanaski: Pa. marriage license delay only slows some gay couples

By Nafari Vanaski
Lately, each time gay marriage becomes legal somewhere, you see couples on the court steps exchanging vows almost instantly on the news. That didn’t happen too much in Pennsylvania. That’s because gay couples trying to marry had to do something …

Vanaski: Pittsburgh makes odd lists for brag rights

By Nafari Vanaski
Have you ever been flipped off by a driver for not “honoring” the Pittsburgh left? If so, then you were probably surprised to find that drivers around here ended up on a list of most courteous in the country. That’s …

Vanaski: Voting becomes ho-hum

By Nafari Vanaski
You probably heard about the long lines on Tuesday at voting locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, leading to traffic backups not seen since the Pirates’ Opening Day game. OK, I made that up. In reality, voting turnout for the primary …

Vanaski: In schools, prevention, not paranoia

By Nafari Vanaski
The “security guard” at my high school was not armed. She was probably in her mid-sixties and was not in the best of shape. She had a walkie-talkie and never really got up from the front desk. If anything besides …

Vanaski: Hopefully, land bank will be good neighbor to Homewood

By Nafari Vanaski
Free, off-street parking is in abundance these days in Homewood’s commercial district. That’s what happens when you have a series of shuttered businesses at what should be a busy intersection at Homewood and Frankstown avenues. Parking in a lot that …

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