5 stories to follow: Aug. 26

Church Fire
Firefighters work to extinguish a four-alarm fire, Sunday Aug. 25, 2013, at St. Mary's Protectress Ukranian Orthodox Church in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek / For the Daily News)

Welcome to the start of the week. Here's a quick look at five stories to know about today:

1. Church fire probed: Officials are still investigating what sparked the Sunday blaze that gutted a historic Ukrainian Orthodox church in East Oak Lane. The four-alarm blaze started after the congregation's morning service.

2.. Corner store cigs: A study being released today faults the widespread cigarette advertising outside corner stores in Philadelphia. The study by Penn's School of Design and the city's Department of Public Health says the tobacco industry spreads its messages to low-income children far before they're old enough to buy the products.

3. Sarah makes progress: The mother of 11-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, the Delaware County girl whose fight for a lung transplant spurred national debate about organ-donation rules, says her daughter no longer needs supplemental oxygen. Sarah, who underwent a double lung transplant with lungs from adult donors in June, can now walk with a walker.

4. Winter forecast: The Farmers' Almanac hits newsstands today, and its winter forecast doesn't bode well for the region. The publication predicts a winter storm will slam the Northeast around the time of the Super Bowl, which will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. And, the almanac is calling for below-normal temperatures in two-thirds of the country, with "copious" amounts of rain and snow in the Mid-Atlantic.

5. Minimum wage in N.J.: New Jersey voters will consider a constitutional amendment to raise the state's minimum wage in November,  and Democratic candidate for governor Barbara Buono will join others in calling for the higher wage at a Working Families United for New Jersey news conference today.

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