Trimming the Times: Reactor Lessons; Drowning the Flood

A guide to what's in the New York Times for those worried about hitting its pay wall

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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.

Today's home page leads with a cautionary article about failed safety vents in the Fukushima nuclear plant that also exist on U.S. plants. And a preview of President Barack Obama's planned Middle East speech speculates on whether the president will endorse Israel's pre-1967 borders. The story to catch today, though, is this unique perspective on the Southern floods, from a small-town bar in Mississippi.

World: Dominique Strauss-Kahn dominates here, with a feature on his talents and shortcomings as a politician and an updated look at the technical evidence that may bear on his case. The story not to miss in this section, if you haven't already seen it, is C.J. Chivers's report on gravediggers in Misrata.

U.S.: The lead here is the best, about a group of holdouts in Mississippi waiting through the flood at a small-town bar. And a U.S. Catholic Church report blames priest sexual abuse on the social tumult of the 1960s and 70s (though that's also available elsewhere)

Business: In a somewhat obvious connection, high gas prices are reflected in consumer behavior. Far more interesting is this report on tech companies buying startups not for their products but for their people.

Technology: The report on buying startups (mentioned above) leads, and is probably the most unique story in Tech today. But this news on declining PC sales is interesting, too, though available in other publications.

Health: The lead, borrowed from Business, is on a carcinogenic chemical found in many baby products--an important story, but widely reported.

Sports: In the latest N.B.A. playoff game, check out Tom Spousta's account of the Mavericks' win over the Thunder. But for a more unique piece of coverage read the account of the Maryland Jockey Club's lame attempt to lure youth back to the Preakness horse race.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, classical music critic Peter G. Davis espouses the importance of Gustav Mahler on the New York music scene.

Arts: Check out Critic's Notebook, about art unintentionally imitating life when The Good Wife's story arc turns to a Strauss-Kahn-esque scandal.

Dining and Wine: Catch the story exploring whether recipe search engines actually help you cook.

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