Trimming the Times: FBI's New Powers; Humanizing Debt Collectors
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 the home page today, the report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's wide easing of its search and surveillance regulations will surely get privacy advocates fired up. Also high on the page, President Barack Obama is courting Wall Street power players as election season nears. And don't miss the feature on debt collectors and their (unsurprisingly difficult) quest to be treated with a little bit of dignity and respect in their job.
World: The story on Japan's political climate of mistrust in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown is a good read for understanding the disaster's medium-term effects on the nation as a whole. The report on the Syrian army retaking Jisr al-Shoughour is good for a check-in on the situation, but if you're looking for real-time updates, you might want to head over to the Guardian, which has a live blog set up to report the situation. Also, the feature on ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's sister is a good snapshot of Thai politics, a little more than a year after the Red Shirt riots.
U.S.: The feature on teenagers looking for summer jobs is neat in a nostalgic kind of way, but there's not much news value. For a little more gravity, check out Jesse McKinley's analysis of the chances of a future California vote on same-sex marriage.
Business: Definitely check out the feature on debt collectors' difficult jobs--a good read about an under-reported profession. And for another look behind the curtains, click on the report about networks paying for newsmaker interviews.
Technology: There are some good features in Tech today, including the profile of second-generation Qualcomm CEO Paul E. Jacobs, and an exploration of the fuzzy lore surrounding the Paul Revere story that predates the recent Wikipedia flap.
Sports: Celebrate (or maybe fume about) the Mavericks' victory with the game story and accompanying slide show.
Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Farzaneh Milani argues that women protesting the Saudi ban on driving are actually taking on the nation's larger political and social structure.
Arts: Definitely catch the coverage of this year's Tony awards, where Book of Mormon was a big winner.