Now that The New York Times pay wall is live, you only get 20 free clicks a month. For those worried about hitting their limit, we’re taking a look through the paper each morning to find the stories that can make your clicks count.
The home page leads with a report on U.S. foreign aid, distributed by the State Department, which is expected to decline as the nation grapples with a budget crisis. Also high on the page, a feature story describes the flight of Latino immigrants from an Alabama town after a federal court upheld the state’s far-reaching immigration law. Our favorite, however, wasn’t from one of the usual sections, but rather the Lens blog’s gripping photo feature (and C.J. Chivers’s enthralling account) on photographer Tyler Hicks’s 10 years of work in Afghanistan.
World: The release of Amanda Knox from an Italian prison leads the section, but you’ve probably already read about that (and if not you can do so elsewhere). Rather, check out the report of anewly problematic nuclear reactor in southern Japan, which has rattled the island nation as memories of the Fukushima crisis linger. Also, don’t miss the analysis of the effect Afghan peace council leader Buhranuddin Rabbani’s assassination had on the peace process there.
U.S.: Don’t miss the feature on Alabama’s Latino exodus, mentioned above. In addition, welcome back the Supreme Court with a report on its first case, involving states’ authority over medicate funding. In lighter news, check out the Sidebar interview with retired justice John Paul Stevens, whose new book has some juicy details about his fellow justices.
Business / Technology: Apple, of course, leads the section on the day of its iPhone 5 release, with a report on the new round of competition the company faces since it got into the smart phone business in 2007. Skip the report on Ford’s new contract deal with United Auto Workers (it’s straight reporting that you can get anywhere). Rather, check out the report on Yahoo’s frustrationwith trying to get its massive news service taken seriously.
Science: The photos in the story on slime molds’ clues to evolution’s secrets are incredible, and the content is pretty interesting too. Also worth a click, the report on three physicists’ Nobel prize for their discovery that the universe is being blown apart by something called dark energy.
Health: Don’t miss the shocking report that a form of contraception being used in Africa may actually double the risk of contracting HIV.
Sports: With Major League Baseball’s playoff season underway, check out the lead report on the American League East champions, the Yankees, who already seem to be falling apart in the post-season. And definitely don’t miss the story of a high school football star who kicked a winning field goal the same night she was crowned homecoming queen.
Opinion: In the lead op ed, environmental scholar Bill McKibben argues that the cronyism evident in government emails supporting a transcontinental pipeline from the Canadian oil sands represents exactly why citizens and activists can’t trust the government.
Arts: The Critic’s Notebook account of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey, will really make you wish you attended.