I'm the 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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‘I don’t have anything organic.’ In new Whole Foods' shadow, a Delco Italian mom-and-pop mart is a rebel | Maria Panaritis

A Whole Foods opens in a Philly suburb. But the real drama isn't in the sushi aisle.


The Eagles are breaking up with us. Now what? | Maria Panaritis

If you’ve ever been dumped, you know. The feeling on Monday morning was familiar. Here is a field guide to coping with the Eagles loss.


ShopRite, Acme closings: The disturbing tradeoff when all we want is cheap groceries, delivered fast | Maria Panaritis

We are getting our groceries faster, and in some cases cheaper, than we ever would have imagined even a decade ago. But it's coming at a cost.


As the Eagles fly, so does Thunderbird, the Delco steak shop that is all fight and heart | Maria Panaritis

At this third-generation pizza and steak shop, they serve nostalgia and cheesesteaks - wit' love.


This road rage verdict delivers justice for Bianca Roberson, but it leaves us baffled | Maria Panaritis

We do not know today, any more than we did 18 months ago, the answer to the one question that gripped us all after the indelible instant that left a promising young woman dead in her car on southbound Route 100 in West Goshen Township: Why?


A year of writing this column brings few hoagies, a lot of news | Maria Panaritis

This was supposed to be a busy news year beyond Philly and across Pennsylvania. But midterms, AND clergy abuse AND all the rest? New columnist Maria Panaritis looks back.


Rick Springfield came to Parx - and two giddy tweens tried to go back in time. | Maria Panaritis

One of the biggest pop acts of the Eighties came through Philly - and it set two good friends on a mission to figure out if you can be 11 years old again.

In an Amazon world, toys and trees still fly out of this family-owned Main Line store. Let us rejoice. | Maria Panaritis

Toys R Us is gone and family hardware stores are dying, too. But this Main Line wonderland is a Christmas miracle.

A parent’s worst nightmare, a community in tears after Haverford YMCA death | Maria Panaritis

The death of a 2-year-old girl in the Haverford YMCA parking lot just days before Thanksgiving has traumatized one of the Philadelphia area's most family-filled communities. Life can be cruel, and unpredictably so.

Archbishop Charles Chaput: ‘You saw the job they tried to do on me?’ My run-in with the peeved prelate. | Maria Panaritis

The Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia was turning down interviews with hometown media at the meeting of U.S. bishops this week. Except for this exchange with Inquirer columnist Maria Panaritis.