Trimming the Times: Defendants' Dilemma; Sunken Treasure

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 a report on how ever-tougher sentencing laws have placed outsize power in the hands of prosecutors nationwide, leading to more guilty pleas based on defendants' fear of the possible penalties they face by going to trial. Also high on the page, flood victims from recent rains nationwide find, to their despair, that political bickering over disaster funding is keeping needed federal aid from getting to them. For us, the most enthralling read was about the attempt being planned to salvage a treasure from a World War II-era freighter torpedoed in three miles of frigid Atlantic water.

World: Saudi Arabia's decision to give women the right to vote is some of the biggest international news, and as such is available everywhere. Your clicks should go to the more insightful report on old rivalries inhibiting government in newly liberated Libya. And to the Acapulco Journal report on teachers fighting back with protests against cartel-trained thugs demanding protection money.

U.S.: You've read the lead story on harsh prosecutions, so click over to the report on a growing online backlash against companies working with an Internet marketer whose built-in charity component funnels donations to anti-gay groups. Also worth the click is the report on the two recently freed American hikers' tales from their captivity in Iran.

Business: The lead report, an analysis of Europe waiting to see what happens with a possible Greece default or bailout, can be skipped if you've been following the news there already. Do, however, check out the media news report about fashion magazines starting to sell the clothes they cover. And check in on Netflix, which just secured a streaming deal with DreamWorks, which is taking the place of the more lucrative HBO.

Science: It would be nearly impossible not to become fascinated with the report on the deepest and largest-ever underwater recovery operation in history, planned for a silver-laden World War II-era wreck some 300 miles southwest of Ireland. Oh, and remember that satellite that was to fall back to earth on Friday? Turns out we may never know exactly where it landed.

Sports: The game story from the Yankees' double header against the Red Sox on Sunday is worth the read, as the season winds down with the American League East title already secure in pinstripes.

Opinion: As Europe struggles with Greece's swollen deficit, Todd G. Buchholz makes the case that Germans go along with bailouts because they're generally jealous of the Mediterranean country's more relaxed and passionate culture.

Arts: The piece on Dancing with the Stars makes a great point that the show is turning on its head as the professional dancers begin to outshine their "increasingly C-list" celebrity partners in terms of sheer star power. And check out the review of ABC's Pan Am, which described the show, debuting on Sunday, as something like the goofy younger sibling of Mad Men.

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