Ok, now it’s cold. We’re not quite dealing with Chicago’s polar vortex experience, but our region will still see dangerously low temperatures today. All that is to say: bundle up like you’ve never bundled before. We have plenty of advice for you on how to stay safe today, too. Once you’re warm and inside, you’re going to want some time to unpack the charges laid against labor leader John J. Dougherty, Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon and others yesterday. The sweeping federal probe could reshape organized labor and politics in our region.

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Local 98 leader Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon charged in sweeping conspiracy case

Labor leader John J. Dougherty (known as “Johnny Doc”), Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, and six others affiliated with Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were charged with embezzlement, bribery, and theft Wednesday in a sweeping federal indictment.

The indictment

Buying a councilman

What’s next for Philly unions

It is way too cold. Here’s how to handle it.

It will be particularly cold today and tomorrow with highs in the 20s and wind chills below zero today, before temperatures rise again this weekend.

To deal with the arctic air, reporter Bethany Ao talked with people who work outside for their best “it’s freezing” tips and reporter Aneri Pattani learned how to not get frostbite or hypothermia.

But you can’t just think about yourself today. Tips for keeping pets safe in freezing temperatures are crucial. Staying inside? Make sure your pipes don’t freeze while you’re at it.

What you need to know today

Through Your Eyes | #OurPhilly

What a poignant reminder, @sophieheng.

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That’s Interesting


“But to create more opportunity for students like Zephaniah to ‘come out ahead,’ state officials should waste no time considering new ways to expand parent and student choices so even more students can aim high.” — Jonathan Butcher, a senior policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, on why Pennsylvania should expand school choice.

What we’re reading

A Daily Dose of | Stats

Have you ever asked the TV, “How did Joe Buck know that?” The answer is likely Ed Sfida, a full-time television stat man who works everything from the Super Bowl to Villanova basketball games.