Trimming the Times: Google's Get; French Fiction
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 home page leads with the breaking news Monday that Google will buy handset maker Motorola. That story bumped from the top spot a report on stubbornly low consumer confidence, as near-zero federal interest rates remain unlikely to persuade people to borrow. And don't miss the strange business story about the very real effect of a fictional French newspaper series.
World: The lead story, on the persistently lawless Sinai region of Egypt, makes for a good look at how the country is trying to get back to normal, post-revolution. Also, the report on Anders Breivik returning to the scene to reenact the massacre at a Norwegian youth camp is fascinating.
U.S.: The lead story, on people who forage wild fruit from recently foreclosed homes, is fine, but somewhat uneventful. For a bit more intrigue, check out the report on a Missouri bishop's questionable handling of an alleged pedophile priest.
Business: The Google-Motorola deal leads here, obviously, but there are some other good reports too, including a look at dismal anecdotal economic indicators in Europe. Also worth a read, the story of how a British newspaper's possible misunderstanding of a fictional series in a French paper led to false reporting about the financial health of the French bank Societe Generale.
Sports: The writing on the coverage of the PGA Championship makes the notorious game of golf pretty interesting for a non-player. And there's a great report on Ralph Branca, the pitcher who 60 years ago tossed the ball that New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thompson smashed into the home run known as the "shot heard round the world."
Opinion: The lead op-ed comes from investment icon Warren Buffett, who urges lawmakers to "stop coddling the super-rich" with tax breaks.
Arts: Check out the fun story from Brighton Beach, Brooklyn's Russian neighborhood and the setting for the new reality show Russian Dolls, about how the residents are taking the portrayal of them.