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

By Nafari Vanaski
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 ...

Vanaski: Outcry prompted by promoting race dialogue­ points to real problems

By Nafari Vanaski
One thing is for sure: Cameron McLay isn’t from around here. Look at this guy. Pittsburgh’s new police chief is going to community gatherings and interacting with people who live in the city? What type of nonsense is this? We ...

Vanaski: New Year’s resolution about sarcasm never had a chance

By Nafari Vanaski
It’s a very sad day. My new year’s resolution to stop being sarcastic died after a brief but meaningful life. It was born after I received several comments from readers in the past year about my sarcasm. “Why do you ...

Vanaski: Egg nog is a Christmas mystery

By Nafari Vanaski
The great thing about Christmas is its magic and wonder. There are questions that defy explanation, such as one brain teaser my son posed: “How can Santa watch all the kids at the same time?” Or, for adults: “Why does ...

Vanaski: Protests changed the world

By Nafari Vanaski
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader left me a voicemail reporting that he was watching news coverage of the “die-in” protests ...

Vanaski: Resilient in Pittsburgh? Now it’s official, with a chief to prove it

By Nafari Vanaski
Pittsburgh has survived Snowmaggeddon, the Pirates being a largely lousy team for the entire adult lives of most of its fan base, and even the most nefarious efforts of some of our own elected leadership. Last week, the city was chosen ...

Vanaski: Holstering biases may prevent some deadly force incidents

By Nafari Vanaski
I don’t dispute that Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson felt threatened by Michael Brown, and that was why he shot him to death. It’s very difficult to dispute, since he’s the only one left to tell us about it. That ...

Vanaski: Protesters won’t be thanking Wal-Mart

By Nafari Vanaski
Elaine Kuhar has plans for the day after Thanksgiving. And you’d better believe it involves Wal-Mart. But she won’t be competing for that last “Frozen” Princess Elsa doll. She’ll be outside the Wal-Mart in North Fayette, protesting the store’s ...

Vanaski: School choice, mergers lay path to equality

By Nafari Vanaski
A couple of years ago, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend a day in a classroom of the highest- and lowest-rated school districts in the region. After persuading the superintendent of the highest-rated school that this wasn’t ...

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