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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: 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 ...

Vanaski: Budget gap? End frivolity

By Nafari Vanaski
Pop quiz: You need  $4 million to plug a hole in your city budget! What do you do? What do you do? If you’re Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, you make the people who have the audacity to work/live/play Downtown pay ...

Vanaski: These vets truly not forgotten

By Nafari Vanaski
When Nick Masters purchased the former Fort McKeever VFW Post 623 in Pittsburgh’s North Side in January, it was not in good shape. The roof was leaking, and there was structural damage to the building on Western Avenue. But as ...

Vanaski: Let’s face it: Scalpel cuts deep for many

By Nafari Vanaski
It’s the day before Halloween, so there’s really no better time than now to talk about masks, actress Renee Zellweger and the “Twilight Zone.” The latter, for those unaware, was a popular 1960s sci-fi TV show. In an episode called ...

Vanaski: Dreams check in at site of demolished Wilkinsburg hotel

By Nafari Vanaski
It’s not a sports arena or stadium, so you probably never heard about the demolition of the Penn-Lincoln Hotel in Wilkinsburg. Full disclosure: I hadn’t either. Admittedly, I haven’t spent a lot of time in Wilkinsburg. It’s one of those ...

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 bought ...

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