Trimming the Times: CIA Informants Arrested; Beyond El Bulli
A guide to what's in the New York Times for those worried about hitting its pay wall
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.
At the top of today's home page, the report that Pakistan arrested five people it suspected of feeding information to the CIA in advance of the raid on Osama bin Laden shows the country's "fractured relationship" with the United States. And in a bit of political analysis also high on the page, Jeff Zeleny points out that Republican candidates' positions on war have shifted to a more "nuanced view." Also, even non-foodies will want to check out Julia Moskin's report on how Spanish chefs will fill the gap left by the legendary but soon-to-be-closed El Bulli.
World: The story on lead poisoning in China gives another good look at the environmental symptoms of the country's lightning-fast industrial development. The story on the acquittal of Oleg P. Orlov on defamation charges for accusing a Russian government leader of complicity in a murder is a neat look into the Russian legal system. It's worth pointing out that the BBC covered the same story, but framed it as a defeat for Ramzan Kadyrov, rather than a win for Orlov.
U.S.: The big news this morning is that the Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated the state's controversial union law, but while it's great that The Times is running its own reporting, the AP version of the story also has the news and can save you a click. Rather, check out the touching account of a recently deceased pair of twins who were devoted Franciscan friars.
Business: Don't miss the story on the phenomenally expensive pension bill NASA faces now that the space shuttle program is shutting down. Also, the story on Wal-Mart workers' near-union is worth a click, considering the troubles organized labor faces these days.
Technology: The tech features we love are underrepresented today. The big news is a straight retail business story on Apple stores' Ron Johnson taking over at J.C. Penny. You may also be interested in the news in the Bits blog about a T-Mobile daily deals app.
Science: The story to catch here is the Scientist at Work account of a trip to a crocodile cave.
Sports: For the first time in a while, we're without an NBA finals or Stanley Cup game story. As for the lead on the Yankees Jeter-free slaughter of the Rangers, it's the kind of thing we would normally point you elsewhere for, but it may be worth a look on this slim sports news day. Interestingly, there's also a second story in as many days on a golfer's grandson (this time Arnold Palmer kin Sam Saunders) preparing for the U.S. open.
Opinion: In the lead op-ed, University of Puerto Rico professor Maritza Stanchich reminds us that the conversation about America's territories -- most notably Puerto Rico, which recently hosted a brief visit from President Barack Obama -- never really ended.
Arts: The review of Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark calls it a bore, but the account of the premier's audience members is anything but.
Dining and Wine: Definitely check out this report on the future of Spanish cuisine after El Bulli closes next month. Also, Sam Sifton has a review of famed New York sushi restaurant Masa.