Vinny Vella covers how law enforcement investigates, and how courts prosecute, crime in Philadelphia’s collar counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery.

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Calls to Pennsylvania’s child-abuse hotline have plunged. Some fear fewer are watching out for kids

This isn’t an issue exclusive to the region or state. Economic and social disruption have historically led to increased rates of child abuse: One study from pediatricians in North Carolina found that head trauma in children spiked during the 2008 recession.

Most Pa. nursing homes with 20 or more coronavirus deaths are in Philly and its suburbs, long-sought data show

Across Pennsylvania, there are about four dozen facilities that have seen at least 20 residents die, the data show. Twenty-eight of those were in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

Delco now has the region’s highest 14-day rate of COVID cases. It can’t reopen until that falls dramatically.

The suburban county’s rate of new cases has stayed steady for about a month, while those of Philadelphia and Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties have dropped.

Pa. nursing homes with COVID-19 cases should test all residents and staff, health officials say

More than two-thirds of the coronavirus-related deaths statewide have been residents of long-term care facilities.

Pennsylvania nursing homes are treating coronavirus patients with the unproven malaria drug Trump touted — sometimes without consent

With facilities shut down to visitors and routine state inspections suspended, several families say obtaining accurate, complete information about what treatments are being administered to Pennsylvania’s 134,000 long-term care residents is next to impossible.

Police arrest 10 more members of ‘lawless caravan’ that ambushed state trooper at South Jersey trailer park

The group attacked a state police detective who was investigating a home invasion, officials said.

A Delco barber dead set on reopening her shop changed her mind. Instead, she held a rally.

The owner of Giovanni's Media Barber Shop added her voice to a growing chorus of business owners who want the state to reopen.

Glorious weather offers respite from the pandemic; reopening plans continue as cases and deaths grow

More than 20 states are all or partially back open for business, even as the U.S. continues to lead the world with 1.1 million coronavirus cases

Philly reopening timeline ‘impossible to judge’; N.J. opens golf courses and parks; coronavirus exposes deep racial inequities in health care

Pennsylvania's health secretary says the number of coronavirus cases in Philadelphia is still growing too quickly to consider reopening the Southeastern region of the state. And African American patients in Philadelphia are dying of the coronavirus at a rate 30% higher than white patients.

On a spectacularly sunny Saturday, golf returns to the Philly region amid the coronavirus

“Whatever guidelines we need to follow, we’ll follow. Our goal is to get back to full operation, but in a safe way,” said Bill Goodrich, president of Merchantville Country Club in New Jersey, where courses reopened Saturday, one day after Pennsylvania started allowing tee times.