Maria 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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A ‘catastrophic’ future looms. Can we stop COVID-19′s economic devastation? | Maria Panaritis

If only a happier headline were possible: Financial rescue guy Brian Gleason of Malvern says the coronavirus crash is worse than 9/11, Great Recession.

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I went to the supermarket and came home shaken by what I saw there | Maria Panaritis

A trip to Giant in Lower Merion found bare shelves, frazzled nerves, and an eerie vibe as isolation continues in a COVID-19 epicenter.

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During coronavirus, school districts must deliver online learning now. This isn’t optional | Maria Panaritis

Officials hemming and hawing over making classes rigorous or optional will benefit only one group: the wealthy.

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We can’t let the rich skate unscathed as coronavirus destroys our merchants | Maria Panaritis

Jason and Corrin DeMent say their shuttered South Jersey gym could leave them and their kids homeless. The only heroes so far have been their members.

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‘I hate coronavirus’: A child’s take on Week 1 of isolation as surreal becomes normal | Maria Panaritis

As kids, parents, and everyone else vanish behind four walls, life is becoming stranger than ever.

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A sad day as coronavirus forces layoffs at Le Bus. Bakery vows: ‘We intend to survive.’ | Maria Panaritis

A government rescue can't come soon enough as COVID-19 ravages jobs, businesses in Pennsylvania.

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Restaurant and contract workers need coronavirus cash, cable bill breaks, mortgage help ASAP | Maria Panaritis

Billionaires, corporations, and even school districts have done well off cheap labor with no benefits. Those workers, now, are in desperate straits.

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Coronavirus is a grave threat to restaurants, salons, and wage earners. We must help them fast | Maria Panaritis

As Washington debates who to rescue first, Big Corporations or The Little Guy, the answer is clear: Send cash, mortgage relief and bolstered unemployment insurance to The Little Guy.

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Facing coronavirus in Delaware County with no health department and high anxiety | Maria Panaritis

Decades of GOP control has left this Philadelphia suburb of more than half a million people without a public health agency. Now what?

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Jousting Jill Biden showed us a Fightin’ Philly Girl straight outta Willow Grove | Maria Panaritis

Even with a doctorate and a career as a professor, the wife of vice president Joe Biden appears to be as Philly as they come.