MORNING BUZZ (5/7): DHS spends more than $1 billion in the current fiscal year, the Knockdown Center is denied a liquor license and Wednesday events.

Wednesday, May 7

Weather
• Mostly sunny with a high of 65 and a chance for rain late in the evening.

Top Stories
• NYC Department of Homeless Services plans to spend more than $1 billion this fiscal year, $140 million more than expected.

• NYC’s pollen numbers are lower than average, however we could still make up for lost time this spring.

• American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken’s bid for congress is too close to call following the Democratic primary in North Carolina yesterday.

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Queens News
• A 24-year-old man died after he was shot in the leg over a parking spot in Jamaica yesterday.

• The family of a Queens woman, allegedly murdered by her son, listened to the shooting on 911 tapes in court yesterday.

• The State Liquor Authority denied the Flushing Avenue Knockdown Center’s cabaret liquor license request.

• Astoria’s Strand Smokehouse chose to close their doors rather than submit to a Health Department inspection.

Entertainment
• MSNBC apologized for “ill-advised references” during a Cinco De Mayo segment that aired on Way Too Early.

• A judge approved the release of five photos in the assault trial of rapper Chris Brown’s bodyguard.

Opinion
• The NY Post praises the US Supreme Court for upholding the First Amendment right ofexercising religion in American life.

• Following the mass schoolgirl abduction, the NY Times questions whether the Nigerian government can secure the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Scoreboard

• The Nets were trampled 107 – 86 by the Miami game one of the series last night. Watch the recap here. Tip off for game two is tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

• The Rangers look to even the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 p.m.

• The Mets were shut out 3 – 0 by the Marlins yesterday. Watch the recap here. They look to break .500 in Miami tomorrow at 12:40 p.m.

• Yankees beat the Angles 4 – 3 after Brian Roberts solo homerun in the top of the 9th.Watch the recap here. Jeter says farewell to Anaheim tonight at 10:05 p.m.

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Real Estate
• Latest news- Sources recently told the Real Deal that Fannie Mae took out direct equity stakes in three affordable housing portfolios in NYC.

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• Sold - Five-bedroom, two-bath, 4,000-square-foot single family home at 13755 Thurston Street in Springfield Gardens for $549,000.

Health Awareness
• A deadly disease that takes the lives of 30 percent of those afflicted recently showed up for the first time in the U.S.

• The World Health Organization recently announced that polio is a “public health emergency of international concern.” 

Events

• Maspeth - 12:30 p.m. – Free BINGO for seniors. Maspeth Selfhelp Senior Center. 69-61 Grand Ave.

• Kew Gardens - 6 p.m. – Caregivers support group. Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd.

• Bayside - 6:30 p.m. – The Queens-Nassau chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby hold their monthly meeting. Panera Bread, Bay Terrace Shopping Center, 25-58 Bell Blvd.

• Long Island City - 7 p.m. – PS/IS 78 hold their 2nd annual fundraising dinner and silent auction. Riverview Restaurant and Lounge, 2-01 50th Ave.

• Flushing - 7 p.m. – District 25 Community Education Council Meeting. CEC Office, 30-48 Linden Pl., 4th Floor

• Bellerose - 7:30 p.m. – Michael Ryan, the executive director of the NYC Board of Elections, meets with the Queens Village Republican Club. Trattoria Lucia Restaurant, 247-63 Jericho Tpke.

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