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 home page today features a little photo series of the Space Shuttle Atlantis landing, along with a short write-up noting the shuttle program's end. But the big serious lead story, which is also our top pick for today's paper, sits just below that, outlining the steps Wall Street is taking to shore itself up against a possible U.S. debt default.
World: The feature on Thailand's attraction for foreign fugitives, and a government crackdown on them there, definitely grabs the imagination. Also, in the ongoing News International hacking scandal, the Murdoch-owned corporation has stopped paying the legal fees of a private investigator at the center of the whole mess. And in further international intrigue, we get a great look at Bulgaria's fight against its organized crime bosses.
U.S.: In an interesting environmental report from Oakland, California, we learn how the city is using fish bone meal to counteract pollution in some of its soil. Also, read about the recently deceased Adm. Noel Gayler, who commanded U.S. forces in the pacific in the 1970s and opposed nuclear weapons. And yes, it's a little scandal-indulgent, but the coverage of the media's hunt for the freed Casey Anthony is pretty interesting anyway.