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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: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras

By Nafari Vanaski
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For some reason, that’s what I thought about when reading about the flak directed at the …

Vanaski: Arena site proposal better than nothing

By Nafari Vanaski
Some things you expect to find in the parking lots outside a sports venue. Foam fingers, beer, grills, beer, cornhole games (if we’re talking the North Shore before a Pirates game) and loud fans (with beer) in team jerseys. You …

Vanaski: August Wilson Center’s fate brings a sigh from advocates for African American cultural facility

By Nafari Vanaski
Emma Slaughter thinks often about what might have been. The news about developments in the bankruptcy case of Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center has her memory racing these days. About 17 years ago, she and a small group of other artists …

Vanaski: No different treatment for Hope

By Nafari Vanaski
What do you call it when a woman is charged with domestic violence? Apparently, the answer to that question is “Not the same thing.” Because if Hope Solo were playing for the NFL, she’d be joining Vikings running back Adrian …

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
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 …

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