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Nafari Vanaski

Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long

By Nafari Vanaski
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …” and lists whatever crazy thing happened. So far, we have a man who was ...

Vanaski: Let them be little, even if it means a couple scrapes on their knees

By Nafari Vanaski
Count me among those who believe we’ve gotten too litigious as a society. And the lawsuit that the Meitiv family is about to file against Montgomery County, Md., should be unnecessary. Yet they’re about to claim in a lawsuit that ...

Vanaski: Patrons of Allegheny County restaurants deserve grading system

By Nafari Vanaski
The first time I took the test to get my driver’s license, I cut the wheel too close to the sidewalk and bumped it. Barely. But the instructor immediately ended the test and told me I had failed. In all the ...

Vanaski: What to do with a $2,000 plaque honoring Ravenstahl?

By Nafari Vanaski
Pittsburgh City Council this week approved a policy for naming city facilities or property after individuals. This is good, because apparently the previous policy was buying $2,000 plaques for people and then just holding onto them while you wait to ...

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 ...

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