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Wednesday, August 5

Weather
• Sunny with a high of 90 degrees.

Top Stories
• A massive explosion in Beirut killed more than 70 people, injured 3,000 and damaging buildings across the Lebanese capital.

• The New York Board of Elections is appealing a judge’s decision to count absentee ballots without postmarks.

• More than 2.5 million customers lost power in the tri-state area as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the area and downed trees.

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Queens News
• A contractor sitting in his van in Briarwood was crushed to death by a falling tree during Tropical Storm Isaias.

• A Fort Hood soldier from Queens drowned, marking the fourth person from the base who died in recent months.

Two more Queens bars had their liquor licenses suspended after violating COVID-19 regulations.

Politics
• The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, resigned reportedly in protestover the mayor’s handling of the pandemic.

• Governor Cuomo will lead New York’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention, despite some interest for AOC to lead the group.

Entertainment
• The live-action remake of “Mulan” will premiere on Disney+ instead of in theaters.

• The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” ratings dropped to an all-time low amid backstage drama.

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Queens World Wednesday Night Wed Aug 5th 9pm Queens World Film Festival goes virtual with a free series that streams via Facebook. This week: The Kite Zine, which facilitates creative writing and storytelling workshops for inmates in NYC’s jails, and pieces by young directors, activists, and poets that answer the prompt: What do you want us to know? Watch here.
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Buzzing Back

• In 1978, this novelty tune by Steve Martin peaks at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, nearly three months after it was featured in a skit on SNL.

• In 1959, pop singer Pete Burns is born in England. In 1984 he had an international #1 hit with this song.

Opinion
• The Times says New York’s governor and mayor need more teamwork and less bickering.

• The Post says the mail-in ballot voting process will be an inevitable nightmare in November.

In the Blogs
• A new medical care office celebrated its grand opening in Ozone Park.

• Leasing has launched at The Strand, a 132-unit, mixed-use development on the Ridgewood and East Williamsburg border.

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Scoreboard
• The Mets (4-8) fell to the Nationals, 5-3. They face the Nationals in Washington again with first pitch at 6:05 p.m.

• The Yankees (8-1) will play a double-header in Philadelphia, the first at 4:05 p.m. and the latter at 7:05 p.m.

• The Nets (32-35) beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 119-116. They take on the Boston Celtics at 9 p.m.

• The Rangers fell to the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, ending their season.

• The Islanders topped the Florida Panthers, 4-2, to go up 2-0 in their series. They look for the sweep today at noon.

• Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been placed on the IL with an abductor strain.

Rafael Nadal is skipping the U.S. Open, so he won’t defend his title.

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Real Estate
• Construction is nearing the finish line at Skyline Tower in Long Island City, which will the tallest skyscraper in the outer boroughs.

• For Sale – Middle Village – 54″ deep 2 family home offers a modern, spacious 2 BR unit over a three room walk-in apt, private yard, garage on private drive, close to Juniper Park. Close to all.  $988,000  Eliot Hill Realty 718-672-4444

• Sold – Queens Village – A five-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,000-square-foot house at 88-50 Francis Lewis Boulevard for $880,000. Zillow.

Business News
• Disney took a $5 billion hit, but the pandemic’s impact was not as bad as some had feared.

• Beyond Meat’s U.S. grocery sales nearly tripled, offsetting restaurant losses.

Events
Astoria – 10 a.m. – State Senator Michael Gianaris, small businesses rally for rent forgiveness amid COVID-19 pandemic. Katch Astoria, 31-19 Newtown Ave.

Virtual – 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair. Livestream here.

Virtual - 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. – Summer Zoom Art. Pre-Registration Required.

Virtual -  p.m. – Queens World Film Festival. Watch here.

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August 5th, 2020 at 9:19 am

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