MORNING BUZZ (7/31): Bridge and Tunnel cops rescue residents from apartment fire, Jamaica subway stop gets a clean up

Your 3 minute, NYPA award-winning daily read on the M, 7 or J train at 8 a.m. 20 news items people will be talking about all day.

Thursday, July 31

Weather
• Chance of thunderstorms with a high of 84.

Top Stories
• Israel calls up 16,000 reservists to fulfill Netanyahu’s vow to destroy Hamas tunnels.

• Sierra Leone declares a health emergency to stop the spread of Ebola, which has infected 1,300 and killed 700 according to the WHO.

• The House approved Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Barack Obamayesterday before going on vacation.

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Waterfront Concert Series – Thurs. Jul 31st 7:30PM Motor City Revue…Back by popular demand! Enjoy a night of music from the Motown era. FREE! Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Blvd btwn Hell’s Gate Bridge & Astoria Pool www.centralastoria.org

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Queens News

• Bridge and Tunnel cops who spotted a fire in an LIC apartment building acted quickly and saved nearly two dozen residents. 

• A second suspect was arrested in the shooting death of D’Aja Johnson, who was struck by a stray bullet in the head while riding the Q6 bus. 

• The Jamaica Parsons-Archer subway station is looking a lot cleaner these days after several news reports and homeless outreach efforts by the MTA.

Entertainment
• Justin Bieber is off hanging out with a Victoria’s Secret model after Orlando Bloomtook a swing at him in front of cheering crowd. 

• Check out some of the best Twitter reactions as Sharknado 2 made its way through NYC last night. 

Opinion
• The NY Post sees praise for the city’s finances coming from board members including the state and city comptrollers as a bad sign. 

• The New York Times created an online feature chronicling the changing view on marijuana by the editorial board over the past sixty years. 

Scoreboard
• Mets took it to the Phillies with an 11-2 win last night. A new series against the Giants begins tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. in Flushing.

• After a 3-2 loss to the Rangers yesterday, the Yankees will go on to face the Red Sox at7:10 p.m. in Boston tomorrow.

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Shakespeare in the Park – Thurs, July 31st 7:30PM Two Gentlemen from VeronaFREE! Cunningham Park, Main Park House – 196th Street & Union Turnpike, Flushing. 
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Real Estate
• Latest news – Housing Preservation and Development is planning an affordable housing build at 107th Avenue and 164th Street in Jamaica.

• For sale – Richmond Hill – Six-bedroom, three-bath, Victorian home with a wrap around front porch. Asking $720,000.
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• For sale – Forest Hills – One-bedroom, one-bath, 700-square-foot co-op. Asking $175,000.
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• Sold - Jamaica – A three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,200 sq. ft. attached home at 7912 Glenmore Ave. in Jamaica for $383,000.

Family/Parenting
• The Extreme Guide to Parenting, an upcoming series on Bravo, follows families with strange child-rearing techniques.

• A Long Island mom talks about the effects of fear-based parenting

Events

• Jamaica – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Community mural painting event hosted by Groundswell. Neon Arts, 107-25 Wren Pl.

• Jackson Heights – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Community mural painting event hosted by Groundswell. 34-20 Junction Blvd.

• Queensbridge Park – 10:30 a.m. – Ifetayo Youth Ensemble  41st Avenue & Vernon Blvd.

• Flushing – 2:30 p.m. – State Senator Toby Stavisky honors Gujarti Samaj of New York on 40th Anniversary. Stavisky’s District Office, 142-29 37th Ave.

• Forest Hills – 6 p.m. –  Learn beginners Chinese with Lin San . North Forest Park Library. 98-27 Metropolitan Ave.

• Maspeth – 7 p.m. – Maspeth West End Block Association Mix & Mingle. Trinity St. Andrews Church, 60th St. between 60th Ave. & 60th Rd.

• Woodside – 7 p.m. – Performance by The Vinnys with Judy Pieri. Sgt. Collins Park, 58th Street and Broadway.

• Astoria – 7:30 p.m. – Motor City Revue Motown music performance. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Astoria Pool and the Hell Gate Bridge.

• Flushing Meadows – 8 p.m. – World Beat Folklore Colombia. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Blvd. S.

• Fresh Meadows – 8 p.m. – Theatrical performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Cunningham Park.

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