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Morning Brief: August 2

Morning Brief: August 2
Gordon Gekko like you've never seen him before...

Grab some air conditioning tonight and attend a free screening of Behind the Candelabra — the HBO movie that has earned high critical acclaim and 18 Emmy Award nominations. Starring Michael Douglass and Matt Damon, the movie explores the romantic relationship between famed pianist Liberace and his young lover, Scott Thorson. [Lincoln Center; 4 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.; free]

Sunny skies today, with a high of 85. But it may not be a beach weekend... [Full forecast]

The complex story behind Huma Abedin's bold decision to stand by her husband as he continues to trudge ahead in his effort to become New York City's next mayor. [New York Times]

Officials are working to turn an abandoned patch of land next to the East River into a beach.  [WFUV News]

A first date that ended fatally on a balcony. [New York Times]

Who would have guessed gardening could be so violent? Police patrols and volunteer guards are now required to stand watch around the Evergreen Community Garden as some elderly planters try to claim the land as their own. [Wall Street Journal]

A Long Island woman says federal police showed up at her doorstep, asking her a series of personal questions, after she had bought a pressure cooker and a backpack online. The police, apparently from an anti-terrorism unit, told her they make about 100 such house calls each week. [Daily News]

Yankees at San Diego Padres; 10:10 p.m.
Kansas City Royals at Mets; 7:10 p.m.

1870: The world's first underground tube railway (the basic design of today's subway system) opened in London, England.
1923: Calvin Coolidge became the 30th president of the United States following the death of Warren Harding.

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