Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, in Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Ukraine's protest leaders and the president they aim to oust called a truce Wednesday, just hours after the military raised fears of a widespread crackdown with a vow to defeat "terrorists" responsible for seizing weapons and burning down buildings. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:
1. Ukraine violence: A brief truce has already collapsed in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, with more clashes between police and protestors today leaving at least 19 people dead. Protestors are revolting against President Viktor Yanukovych's government, and demanding the leader's resignation. In Philadelphia, Ukrainians have rallied on Independence Mall to put attention on the crisis.
2. Beach smoking: A New Jersey legislative committee is scheduled to discuss a proposal to ban smoking at all public beaches and parks in the state at a hearing this morning.
3. "Lynching" photo: The Phillipsburg School District is due to provide a report this morning about a photo that features high school wrestlers surrounding a hanged practice dummy wearing a Paulsboro T-shirt. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association expects the report from the district by noon today.
4. N.J. gambling expansion: New Jersey lawmakers are slated to discuss a bill today that would create a commission to study whether casino gambling should be extended to the Meadowlands sports complex.
5. Warm up, then polar vortex again: The Philadelphia area is experiencing a warm up -- the temperature could reach close to 60 degrees in the next few days -- but it won't last. John Bolaris' latest forecast says the polar vortex is likely to return next week, with a chance of snow and temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal during the latter half of the week.