I'm the 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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10 hours, 16 shops: I hopped a Dietz & Watson truck in tribute to the endangered local deli | Maria Panaritis

Neighborhood delis are slowly dying. But Maria Panaritis found fight in them all during a blitz across Delaware County.

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Officials angry about closing of Sikorsky helicopter plant after giving Lockheed millions in aid

For decades, Pa. governors and lawmakers helped Sikorsky build choppers in Chester County with tax aid. In the end, that meant nothing.

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Of ghosts, stories, and love from the Radnor Hotel, a Greek immigrant lesson for life. | Maria Panaritis

I imagined for years that my dead parents were still with me. On one recent night in the old St. Davids Inn, for once, maybe they really were.

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Tornado and storm warnings invading your phone? Making you numb? Forecasters are worried. | Maria Panaritis

It's not the end of the world. That's just your smartphone telling you what you (happily) didn't know years ago. And it may just be dangerous in its own way.

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The spotted lanternfly is back. This Chesco woman is the bug assassin we must all become. | Maria Panaritis

The Lanterfly is here. Hatching and feasting on our roses. And come August, crashing our barbecues like flying cockroaches, clanging against our windows, our screen doors, our very last nerve.

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Giant, Wegmans, and Acme have changed how we buy wine and beer in towns across Pa. | Maria Panaritis

A decade ago, Pennsylvania was the pits for easily buying wine and beer. Supermarkets have changed that. The Marple liquor vote helps show how.

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To Pa.’s poorest city, and its Peanut Bar, a ‘shot through the heart’ | Maria Panaritis

Pennsylvania's poorest city may be on the brink of losing its newspaper. But Reading still has Jimmy Kramer's place — where hope and history commune on bar stools.

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Shame on Pennsylvania GOP as New Jersey, New York Dems deliver justice for abuse victims | Maria Panaritis

This is the moral fault line. An immoral one. Pennsylvania at its most bankrupt.

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‘Amazon be damned’: Two guys are giving Phoenixville a bookstore. They may be nuts — or brilliant | Maria Panaritis

I asked the guys, over and over, why they thought this was a good business idea. I may have called them “insane” at least two -- possibly 10 -- times.

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After losing their son to suicide, a Havertown couple seek to save others in their town. | Maria Panaritis

Everyone must make mental illness a part of family discussions, right along with talk about sex, drugs, alcohol and hanging with the wrong crowd.