7073彩票登录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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At funeral for former U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a chilling portrait of our failure against cancer | Maria Panaritis

His mom, dad, grandparents and a sister all had cancer. How is this possible in America in 2020?

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Pa. Turnpike toll hikes are pitting Philly suburban commuters against the state. End this now. | Maria Panaritis

America’s first so-called “superhighway” is raising tolls for the 12th year in a row on Sunday (6 percent). If you’re ready to scream, you’re in good company.

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A Christmas ritual of Greek cookies, drama, and little guys with an old hand mixer | Maria Panaritis

My mother died when I was only a few years out of college. Gone before I could cook alongside her for more than a few minutes as a woman. Now, I insist on making her Greek cookies the old-fashioned way. For my boys.

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Carlino’s in Ardmore on Christmas Eve is a madhouse of Italian-grandmother food and love. | Maria Panaritis

They say the best Italian food comes out of Philly. They would be wrong. Because here on the border of Lower Merion and Haverford Townships, there is Carlino’s. A place like no other.

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Greg Lingo swore he was done with Upper Darby. Then he realized he wasn’t — and wrote a movie. | Maria Panaritis

Now a Main Line developer, Lingo has written and filmed "Crabs in a Bucket." Inquirer columnist Maria Panaritis, a fellow Upper Darby expat, totally gets why.

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Long after layoffs in Bucks County, this Men of Harmony steelworker choir melts tough-guy hearts | Maria Panaritis

Men of Harmony were born in U.S. Steel’s Fairless Works. The mill is largely gone. But those beautiful voices refuse to be silenced.

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‘Read this story, dirt bag!’ and other tales of Americans being uncivil long before 7073彩票登录 or Trump | Maria Panaritis

Maybe it isn’t all the internet’s fault, people. Maybe humankind is just unkind. There’s comfort in being reminded of that. It’s why there’s religion. And hot yoga.

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U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean refuses to say ‘no’ to people in need, and it’s making all the difference | Maria Panaritis

Others would have wanted to talk “Trump” with the House Judiciary Committee member. Me? I wanted to talk starfish.

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‘Fox Chase Boy’ confronts trauma, tells tale of clergy sex abuse with courage and humor

Gerad Argeros is on a mission to bring his story of abuse by one of Philadelphia’s most notorious pedophile priests to the stage. He came home for a performance.

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His murder 15 years ago remains a cold case, but the memories of George Longshore have not faded

He survived a brutal childhood in Port Richmond to become a happy suburban Philadelphia dad. Then he attended a wedding in Washington near a Catholic monastery. And his Horatio Alger story came to an abrupt end.