Trimming the Times: Flashback to 2008; Contractors in Somalia

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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.

On the home page, a lead feature compares the current stock market volatility to the 2008 crisis. Just below that, a report from Syria says local support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad is crumbling as an uprising there continues. And don't miss the international section's reporting on U.S. contractors in Somalia.

World: The lead story here is the best -- an in-depth look at the U.S. use of contractors to train local troops in war-torn Somalia. Another story worth your click is the report on China's safety investigation following its recent high-speed rail crash, which is "closely mirroring" its reaction to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in that its structured so as not to impede progress on existing projects.

U.S.: A report on a housing lawsuit in Lancaster, California, is worth a read because it gets into some issues of changing demographics and urban development affecting a lot of big-city suburbs right now. Another good read comes from Phoenix, where police officers aren't happy at being told to keep their tattoos covered, despite the sometimes oppressive heat.

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Business: Global market turmoil dominates here, but one story in particular jumps out, about a move in Europe to temporarily ban short-selling as markets there slide. And DealBook takes up a basic but interesting question in the wake of the Raj Rajaratnam conviction: Just how serious a crime is insider trading?

Technology: The report on the death of Kenneth Oshman is quite a full tribute to a key Silicone Valley character -- more than the one in the valley's local paper, the San Jose Mercury News. Another report worth your click takes a close look at the strike in Verizon's land-line unit from the technological point of view.

Sports: Even if you're not a golf fan, the idea of a section of the P.G.A tournament set aside for workaday pros (the kind who give lessons at country clubs) is a neat one. 

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Maryland's Republican U.S. Representative Roscoe G. Bartlett makes a case against scientific testing on great apes such as chimps.

Arts: The lead story, a seasonal look at the "sounds of gridlock" is fine, but a little too conceptual to grab. For a bit of conflict with your culture, check out the Arts Beat post on Stephen Sondheim's letter of displeasure with a remake of Porgy and Bess.

Style: A story about the stress of too much socializing online is a bit stressful to read itself, but it makes a good point.

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