It's another hot day out there and Philly public schools will close early once again due to the heat. The good news is, it's supposed to cool down tomorrow. In the meantime, there's plenty to catch up on while you attempt to stay cool. For starters, my colleagues Jonathan Lai and Holly Otterbein did some much-needed digging into local campaign finance data to discover who's giving and who's getting what in our region. I'm a big fan of the interactive infographics (designed by Jared Whalen) that let you examine it all for yourself. Speaking of money moves, this morning's other top story is that former Eagle Mychal Kendricks has been charged with insider trading, setting the worlds of sports and high finance atwitter.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn,

The midterm elections are right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: there’s a lot of money moving around.

Want to know how much Comcast, defense contractors, and the soda industry gave to local candidates? Or how much candidates are spending for your vote? Reporters Jonathan Lai and Holly Otterbein crunched the numbers to reveal the top 2018 midterm election donors to Philly-area candidates.

Thanks to interactive infographics you can search by donor or candidate, too. After all, this year the region is home to some of the most important congressional races in the country.

Former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks and Damilare Sonoiki, a writer on the hit ABC show Black-ish, were charged in an alleged $1.2 million insider trading scheme Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Kendricks exchanged cash, Eagles tickets, and more for insider stock tips between 2013 and 2015. Both men face charges of conspiracy and securities fraud, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Kendricks was part of the Eagles' Super Bowl-winning team before signing with the Cleveland Browns, who released him late Wednesday.

Grab your sunscreen and your earplugs: it’s almost Labor Day weekend, which means Jay-Z’s annual Made in America music festival is about to take over the Parkway.

If you're preparing for the festival… find out what you can (and can't) bring and what you should wear for this weekend's weather.

If you're curating your musical lineup… don't miss the newly released stage schedule featuring headliners Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and more.

If you're trying to avoid the traffic jams… keep an eye on local road closures, some of which are already closed.

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"We are human beings who happen to be priests, not priests who happen to be human beings. Teaching otherwise breeds the kind of clericalism, power and control that create crises like the one we're in right now." — Father Charles Noone on why he believes the Catholic faith will continue to be shaken by further sex abuse investigations.

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Cheese maker Stefanie Angstadt is shown inspecting a ripening wheel of cheese in at her Oley cheese shop.
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Cheese maker Stefanie Angstadt is shown inspecting a ripening wheel of cheese in at her Oley cheese shop.

Your Daily Dose of | Cheese

The dairy industry is languishing, so farmers are looking to one mouth-watering product to save them: artisanal cheeses sold in a restaurant near you.