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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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.

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‘Nazis’ tweet from Pa. lawmaker about Sunoco pipeline workers sparks fury, and rightly so

Democratic and union leaders have asked for an apology from Danielle Friel Otten, and the ADL and Jewish Federation have expressed outrage.

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Meet the two women firefighters who made history after an emergency called them to a Delco middle school

Ellen Yarborough and Dora Preston are ladies to the rescue. But their volunteer firefighting fervor may be no match for a dire staffing crisis in Pennsylvania.

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Not ‘a snowball’s chance in you-know-where’: The $1.2 billion King of Prussia rail line is a longshot | Maria Panaritis

It's sexy. It's first-world. But a $1.2 billion proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia has no chance of coming to life.

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King of Prussia Town Center is hip new city within a suburb. But with a parking problem. Oops!

King of Prussia Town Center Town Center is cool. It's urban. It's got food and fun. And a parking problem. Someone missed the memo that a whole lot of people need cars to get there — and spots to stick those cars in.

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‘You can’t cry while running’: A bereaved mom finds hope in the Boston Marathon | Maria Panaritis

Maddox Slack was 5 when he was killed on a family hike in Montgomery County in 2012. Girlfriends — and running — have helped his mom, Jamie, find the will to go on.

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Anger, Insults and Offense: Trump has turned even a Collegeville, Pa., bookstore into a battlefield | Maria Panaritis

In just the two-odd, very odd years since Donald Trump became president of the United States, even the once-genteel politics section of a Pennsylvania shopping center book store has become a war zone.