Trimming the Times: Greece on the Edge; Meet Richard Dawkins

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 from Greece, which is pushing ever-tighter austerity measures to avoid a government default that some are already saying is inevitable. U.S. debt also occupies a prominent spot on the home page, with a report on President Barack Obama's hard stance in support of his deficit reduction plan, announced Monday. But flip a few pages back and there's a great departure from the economic hand-wringing as Richard Dawkins ponders our very existence in a Science section profile.

World: The lead story, a feature pointing to the increasing prominence of the Americas as oil-drilling destinations, is worth a click. The report on the violence in Yemen is an important news update for the morning, but can be gotten elsewhere. But it's worth the click to read about the candidacy of Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander who has decided to run for president in Ireland.

U.S.: Check out the lead report, on how online gossip is turning really nasty in rural America--replacing the relative humanity of the backyard fence. And of course, with the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell, there's a click-worthy feature on how it's affecting gay soldiers. And with schools getting back in session a story on the newly implemented national child nutrition bill points out that it requires schools to raise their lunch prices to meet costs.

Business: Naturally, the Greece news leads the section, but it's not the only discouraging economic news to come out of Europe, where Italy has lashed out at the decision by Standard & Poor's to downgrade its credit to A from A+, as government debt there grows. In the U.S., a smart look at possible layoffs points points out that some of the workers likeliest to get cut are those most vulnerable, as they're the most recently hired.

Science: There's a great piece on a biologist working on a long-term project to communicate with dolphins. But the real must-read here is the great profile on Richard Dawkins, the famously atheist Oxford don with the "knack for bashing orthodoxy."

Health: The lead story, on scientists tricking athletes in order to eek out their true personal best, gives some fascinating insight into the brain's ability to motivate the body. And the Well blog has a piece on the social pressure for single people to marry, and how that can be unhealthy to their mental state.

Sports: If you haven't already read or watched an account of the Yankees' Mariano Rivera executing his record 602nd career save, use your click to do it here. And as college football season gets underway, catch the story on universities jostling to cash in on television deals.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Cornell professor Suzanne Mettler reminds us that we are often the beneficiaries of government assistance, even when we don't realize it.

Arts: The review of Lully's Atys, a unique 1676 opera being performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is worth the click just to hear about what a departure the performance is from the normal 19-century Italian operas that get so much play.

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