Trimming the Times: Europe's Bank Fears; Colicchio's Craft

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 analysis from debt-challenged Europe, where banks find themselves in a downward cycle of fear and tough credit. Also high on the page, an in-depth feature with a multimedia component takes a close look at Israel's imaginary Green Line, "the pre-1967 boundary with the West Bank at the heart of stalled negotiations for a Palestinian state." For us, the top choice was the review of Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio's restaurant Craft.

World: The lead story, on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta supporting a plan to keep 3,000 to 4,000 U.S. troops in Iraq past the year-end deadline for their withdrawal, is probably the best report of many on the developing story that emerged yesterday. And don't miss this report of a Parisian attempt at urban renewal as the French capital addresses violence in one of its hardscrabble suburbs by tearing down a housing tower.

U.S.: The lead story, on families feeling more and more state budget cuts, is certainly important but it kind of blends into the cacophony of bad economic news these days. For a bit of conflict, check out the rundown on the city government feud in Miami that may push out the police chief there. Also, check out Adam Liptak's look at U.S. civil liberties in light of the USA Patriot Act and 10 years after 9/11.

Business: The Euorpean debt story leads here, and you can skip the report on Yahoo firing CEO Carol A. Bartz (read it here for a good roundup of coverage). The good reads are on the analysis side today, such as Steven Davidoff's look at the political implications of the AT&T / T-Mobile merger battle, and Paul Downs' "You're the Boss" blog entry assessing how the economic downturn allowed him to trim fat from his payroll and return to profitability.

Sports: After a rainy day in New York, the game stories are mostly weather-related, such as the lead report on the Yankees' defeat over the Orioles after a four-hour delay. But there's a fascinating new turn in a 2004 Olympic doping scandal as two Greek sprinters were acquitted of faking a motorcycle accident to evade a drug test.

Opinion: Ahead of President Barack Obama's big speech on jobs, the lead op-ed space has been split into four different perspectives on how to bring jobs back. Barry Bluestone, a Northwestern University dean, argues for freezing public wages. Lawrence Katz, a Harvard economics professor, argues for investing in workers. John Taylor, a Stanford economics professor, argues for no more of the same. And William Walker, CEO of a real estate financing firm, has eight suggestions he calls "capitalist ideas."

Arts: The section reserved for reviews and musing has some hard news, as the Metropolitan Opera's music director, James Levine, has withdrawn from part of the season due to an injury.

Dining and Wine: Wednesday's section is rich with good coverage, but the best hits are The Pour's list of inexpensive New York City wine lists, and Sam Sifton's review of Tom Colicchio's Craft.

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