Bundled against the cold and sipping warm drinks while awaiting a Reindeer Party at Sesame Place are (from left) Lauren Einhorn of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.; daughters Cora, 6, and Brooke, 3; and husband Eric. (David M Warren / Staff)
Welcome to Thanksgiving week. Get started with a quick look at five stories to know about:
1. Cold week, storm threatens travel: It's going to be a chilly week in the Philadelphia region (several low-temperature records have already been set), and nor'easter threatens to disrupt Thanksgiving travel Tuesday and Wednesday.
2. Transportation funding: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will sign a $2.3 billion transportation bill today. The measure, which passed last week after a contentious fight in the state legislature, provides funding for infrastructure and mass-transit improvements is one of Corbett's signature initiatives. He'll sign the legislation at a VFW post in Spring Mills this morning, and other events are planned for the Philadelphia suburbs and Pittsburgh.
3. Judge killed in blaze: Officials are working to determine the cause of a South Philadelphia house fire that reportedly killed retired Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony DeFino.
4. Land bank dispute: The Philadelphia City Council is considering a bill that would establish a land bank to deal with the city's 40,000 vacant and abandoned properties, but a dispute over an advisory board is turning the measure into a major showdown. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, the bill's chief sponsor, and Council President Darrell Clarke, who wants a Council advisory panel to be part of the land-transfer process, are slated to meet again early this week to try to iron out their differences.
5. "Knockout game": Police across the country, including the Philadelphia region, are wondering whether the so-called "knockout game" phenomenon -- in which assailants supposedly try to knock out a victim with a single punch -- is real or a myth being hyped through social and other media.