Several issues I am having with blogs mu theme setup

Love this theme. I changed this theme from one that was not mobile friendly to this one, which has proven to be mobile friendly. In the process I am encountering oddities in the blogs mu theme.

1) I have used this theme in several blogs and have run across a wierd spacing gap between title and content that I can't seem to get rid of.

Here is an example pages:

2) On blog pages I can't seem to get rid of the 2nd image showing up on a blog page, I want the one in content, not the one above title

Here's an example:

3) I use "my custom css", do you have a snippet of code I can add there to change the color of the link in the "subscribe now" widget in the far right footer widget?

That's all for now - thanks in advance for your help! @iempoweru