I'm the national award-winning Inquirer columnist who writes about Pennsylvania and its most populated region - the political battleground Philadelphia suburbs - with a bullseye on any story that cuts through the noise and gives you the real deal.

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Trump is on borrowed time after Democratic election massacres in battleground Pennsylvania suburbs | Maria Panaritis

Democrats seized every county council seat, district attorney, and a full slate of judgeships in Delaware County. They annihilated the formidable Republican machine with the brutal finality of a nuclear bomb.

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Don’t call Pa.’s new female lawmakers ‘girlie’ or they’ll hold another rally about tampons | Maria Panaritis

Montgomery County state Sen. Maria Collett and other female winners of the 2018 midterms massacre are making noise to be heard in Harrisburg.

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That Nancy Pelosi Twitter picture with Trump: Can we have some more of that? | Maria Panaritis

President Trump posted the photo to mock the most powerful woman in the country. It’s a trick that may no longer work.

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Joey D’s is up against Super Wawa, but his zeps, eggs, and small gas station vibe are big-time ammo | Maria Panaritis

It’s a place like few others in the suburbs of Philly because, like so many of the best neighborhood gems in Philly, Joey D’s is more than a throwback. It’s an other. A place that Joey has willed into existence with food as a side dish, only to see it turn into the main course.

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No-cut, no-tryout culture of high school marching bands a rare patch of adolescent sanity | Maria Panaritis

At Marple-Newtown High School, band remains an old-school refuge in an age when kids are conditioned to become crazed competitors before they even know how to tie their shoes.

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Smartphones are grenades in our kids’ pockets — and we’re not doing enough about it | Maria Panaritis

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a showdown, and it’s about time. Big Tech’s shiny toys are hurting our kids.

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‘Born to Run’ made Chris McDougall a star, but a farm near the Amish made this Delco boy happy | Maria Panaritis

The Drexel Hill native pulled the plug on Philly and its suburbs long ago for farm life in Pa. Amish country. Maria Panaritis finally asked her old friend: 'Why'?

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Philly exiles are flooding the suburbs for jobs and schools. But at what cost to the ’burbs? | Maria Panaritis

You’ve just spilled the IPA you were drinking out of shock? Of course you haven’t. We know the suburbs are filling with Philly exiles. It's part of the Philadelphia story that won't go away.

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Justice follows revenge in Philadelphia Archdiocese clergy abuse at St. Titus in East Norriton | Maria Panaritis

Mike McDonnell stole from the church after being abused by one of its priests. But true justice may be arcing, finally, toward the former altar boy.

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A Proud Boys scandal in Haverford has left deep wounds | Maria Panaritis

A scandal over a firefighter’s links to an extremist group ripped this suburban Philadelphia town into two. The carnage of the growing appeal of extremism runs deep.