Trimming the Times: Cameron on Murdoch; Egypt's Antiques
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.
The News International phone hacking scandal leads the home page once again today, with the report that Prime Minister David Cameron is trying to distance himself from Rupert Murdoch by urging him to drop his pursuit of satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Also, The Lede blog gets a home-page spot as writer Robert Mackey provides ongoing updates on the U.K. media scandal. But our choice for today's paper is the profile of Egypt's embattled antiques minister, Zahi Hawass.
World: Outside the ongoing phone hacking scandal, there's a fascinating feature profiling the fall from grace of Egypt's once-lauded antiques minister. Also, don't miss the harrowing tale of Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu's journey to Germany, where he's declared himself an exile.
U.S.: Check out the profile of Scott Beason, the Alabama state senator who is winning friends and making enemies with his "majority-of-one" approach. And the report on the University of North Dakota, which is stuck between the North Dakota state government and the National College Athletic Association in regards to its mascot, is a good, if frustrating read. Also, intrigue at the Maryland Historical Society as historians are arrested for stealing documents.
Business: For those following the financial drama in Greece, the profile of the Papandreou family, a member of which has held the prime minister seat for three generations, sheds some light on the internal politics affecting the global economy. And New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman appears poised to step in and challenge Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement with investors.
Technology: In a welcome update for fans of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Ian Austin has news the company is crafting a rebound by capitalizing on its relationship with mobile service carriers. And Jennifer 8. Lee has a report on Bits blog about a movement to take back the Internet from the influence of corporations.
Health: The item to catch here is the multimedia feature on macular degeneration, an eye disease that causes more vision loss than anything else in people over 60. Also, amid all the complicated news surrounding generic drugs, their licensing, and their labeling, a report takes a look at their changing physical shape.
Sports: In The Times' ongoing coverage of two championships, check out the report on German sprinter André Greipel, who won yesterday's Tour de France stage. Also catch the profile of goalie Hope Solo, the breakout star of the U.S. Women's World Cup team.
Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Michael Likosky makes the case for more public-private funding of U.S. infrastructure.
Arts: The Critic's Notebook entry by Anthony Tommasini gives a clear update on the ever-increasing travails of the New York City Opera, which announced its season yesterday.
Dining and Wine: A great travel-cum-food feature takes us to the Aube, the oft-ignored workhorse of France's Champagne region. And there's a very pretty slideshow from Sam Sifton's trip to David Bouley's Japanese-inspired new restaurant, Brushstroke.