As the famous philosopher Buster Poindexter intoned, Philly's "Feeling hot, hot, hot," as the first major heat wave drapes a thick wet blanket across the City of Brotherly Love.  The city's Department of Health has issued an "excessive heat watch" due to the heat and humidity expected through the weekend.

Here's some advice from the department:  Those most at risk in extreme heat are older people, those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, individuals taking certain regular medications, pregnant women, small children, those who work in a high heat environment, and anyone engaged in strenuous physical activity.  The public should insure that fans and air conditioners are in working order; make plans now to check in with older friends, relatives and neighbors over the weekend; and if possible reschedule any plans for strenuous outdoor activity.

In other Friday news:

A bad day for Camp Fumo: A long-time pal is pleading guilty to tax charges and is expected to testify during the state senator's upcoming trial.

A suspect in a shooting that resulted in a high-profile beating by police was denied bail.  Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner helps make a bust.

The new school superintendent moves swiftly on a promise to clean up Overbrook High School.

And our print sibling Clout considers the potential for a political marriage.