Trimming the Times: Al Qaeda Cell Phone; Boring Bulger

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.

The lead story on the home page, and one of the most interesting in today's paper, is the report on the cell phone taken from Osama bin Laden's courier, which U.S. intelligence analysts are using to trace his links to Pakistan. Also high on the page is the story from New Jersey, where lawmakers have made huge cuts to benefits for government workers in a bid to save money. Also today, don't miss the report on Whitey Bulger's surprisingly mundane and reclusive last days of freedom.

World: There are a couple of good follow-ups to big stories this week. One explores Ai Weiwei's deafening silence after his release from prison on Wednesday. Another gets the Afghan perspective on President Barack Obama's proposed troop draw-down.

U.S.: You can't possibly be tired of hearing about Whitey Bulger, so definitely check out the feature on his reclusive last days, as well as the report on how South Boston remembers the legendary crime boss. Also, check out the update on the Arizona fires, which absolutely treats them like they were people.

Business: The lead story on used cars with good mileage going for astoundingly high prices is good if only because it's so counterintuitive. And if you've seen little snippets online about the woman who left a rude voicemail after she was booted from an Austin movie theater and wondered why it was such a big deal, this story lays out the whole situation and makes a case for why you should care.

Technology: We can't get enough LulzSec news, so the report with details on Ryan Cleary, the 19-year-old arrested in Britain for allegedly working with the hacking group was, of course, a hit. Also, for those who follow Silicon Valley horse trading, Facebook has recruited Netflix's Reed Hastings to sit on its board.

Science: There's a great story about a tiny piece of moon dust-flecked tape that went missing from NASA 40 years ago and has just been recovered.

Sports: The story to read here is the report on Portland's love for its Major League Soccer team, the Timbers.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Frederick Lynch has some suggestions on how the AARP can rebrand itself to become more attractive while sticking to its principles.

Arts: The review of the New York Philharmonic's The Cunning Little Vixen provides some good insights into where the symphony is headed.

Style: The only real noteworthy coverage here is on the Paris men's fashion shows and how much of a bore they are this year.

Travel: After a domestic focus last week, 36 Hours takes us to St. Tropez, on the French Riviera, for a real armchair escape.

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