Trimming the Times: 9/11 Audio; 'Sweet' New Comedy

A guide to what's in The New York Times for those worried about hitting its pay wall

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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.

The home page leads with riveting new audio from the Sept. 11, 2001 air traffic controllers, that was made ready for the 9/11 Commission but never released until now (you can hear the audio here). And of course the Republican presidential debate is high on the page, with a clash between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry leading the coverage. Meanwhile, we were especially taken with the report on an experimental East Village stand-up comedy night called Sweet.

World: Catch the lead story, on the former Muammar Qaddafi loyalists who are scrambling to get rid of their ties to the ousted dictator. The other big news from Libya, about a broadcast in which Qaddafi urges loyalists to fight on and says he's still in the country, can be gotten elsewhere. For some lighter fare, check out the feature on the Indian workers who are becoming the backbone of cheese production in Italy.

U.S.: In another lead story worth reading, a Justice Department report finds widespread abuse within the police force in Puerto Rico. And it's short, but the story on the U.S. Parks Department expanding the Petrified Forest National Park because dinosaur fossils were found there is a feel-good quick-hit.

Business: It's discouraging, but do read the analysis piece that outlines why the odds of the United States slipping into a double-dip recession have risen close to 50 percent. In Europe, meanwhile, weak growth is on the horizon, but an international research group says another Great Recession isn't likely.

Technology: The report on Carol Bartz's blunt email announcing her firing is good because it gets into the wider issue of how people depart their high-profile jobs at Yahoo and elsewhere. And for more of a focus on Yahoo, read the report on how the one-time Internet leader is struggling to figure out what it's about.

Sports: After play was rained out in the U.S. Open for the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Tennis Association reconsiders the question of putting a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, its premiere venue. And check out this video of a surfing competition in Long Beach, New York. It's rad.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Environmental Defense Fund economist Gernot Wagner argues that individual actions aren't enough to save the environment, a job that requires major changes driven by economics.

Arts: The report on a sort of experimental New York stand-up comedy night called Sweet elicits a great sense of community among hard-working up-and-comers and those who have made it.

Travel: The Practical Traveler tackles the new crop of hotel-finding websites that try to do more than give you a price and dates.

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