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Nafari Vanaski is the news editor for the Norwin Star and the Plum Advance Leader. Her columns appear each Thursday in the Tribune-Review. Nafari Vanaski can be reached via e-mail or at 412-856-7400 x8669

Vanaski: There’s always a next time, Leetsdale

By Nafari Vanaski
It’s not every day the president and the vice president of the United States make plans to visit your small Western Pennsylvania borough. It’s also rare to be teased by the possibility only to have the plans scuttled just days …

Vanaski: Test for preparers not so taxing

By Nafari Vanaski
If you fret enough about your income taxes that you pay someone else to do them for you, this isn’t what you want to read. Officials from the Government Accountability Office reported this week that they visited 19 paid tax …

Vanaski: Miles verdict right for him, but not right

By Nafari Vanaski
Richard Ewing, one of three Pittsburgh police officers who arrested Jordan Miles in January 2010, testified in his defense during the recent civil trial over alleged police brutality and false arrest. After four years of reflection, Ewing testified: “We all …

Should Pittsburgh mayor’s office come with a security deposit?

By Nafari Vanaski
Here’s this week’s lesson on The Way Things Are: You know those toilet roll holders? It’s apparently harder for you to take one of those from any apartment once your lease expires than it is to take a crystal trophy …

Vanaski: ‘A race for top billing’ in fight over consumer business reviews on Internet

By Nafari Vanaski
Almost everything I’ve acquired in the last few years has come after reading a lot of Internet reviews. Considering how many people also review items, it’s safe to say most of us rely on feedback from other consumers before making …

Vanaski: Cyclists need to help, too

By Nafari Vanaski
Some years ago, I was heading to a tennis match at Schenley Park and missed the turn for the courts (again). So I drove until I could find a safe place to turn around. I ended up on a narrow …

Vanaski: The forecast calls for looking 45 days ahead

By Nafari Vanaski
Sometimes, we act as though predicting the weather is a great mystery. Maybe that’s because you didn’t realize you could find out what the weather would be 45 days from now. Did you know that on March 31, there’s supposed …

Vanaski: History lessons lacking, so Black History Month fills a need

By Nafari Vanaski
Black History Month was days away when I received this year’s first letter from a reader saying she didn’t understand why we need it. “If the goal is that all Americans be treated equally and fairly, as it should be, …

Vanaski: Let your deeds speak

By Nafari Vanaski
Fine. I was wrong. No, I’m not talking about my position in last week’s column that the tribute to Rocco the police dog had gone too far, especially considering how we treat the humans among us who need our help. …

Vanaski: Heroes also walk on 2 legs

By Nafari Vanaski
I didn’t go to Rocco’s funeral on Friday, which gave me some time to think and others time to grieve and heal. I’m referring, of course, to the Pittsburgh police dog who was fatally stabbed by a suspect in Lawrenceville …

Vanaski: Column about color brings ugly comments

By Nafari Vanaski
The good about social media is it allows you to update multiple friends and family on the highlights of your life in three minutes or less. The bad: When people engage in “vaguebooking,” essentially posting mysterious comments in an effort …

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