Libya's Future; Qaddafi's Exit

The home page leads with a report on the "hard road" ahead for Libya and some of its neighbors after Arab Spring revolutions toppled dictators in the region.

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The home page leads with a report on the "hard road" ahead for Libya and some of its neighbors after Arab Spring revolutions toppled dictators in the region. And another high-on-the-page feature, our favorite for the day, looks at the ever-more extreme fates of autocrats who have fallen to the Arab Spring, from the relatively tame exile of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Tunisa to Col. Muammar Qaddafi's gory death on Thursday.

World: There's a ton of Qaddafi stuff worth sifting through, but in other world news, check out the update on Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister, whose health is gradually improving six years after his stroke. And there's a worthwhile update from Thailand, where massive flooding in the capital of Bangkok has made for the first large-scale political test for new prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

U.S.: The lead report on how the Senate has more women than ever but their seats are at risk gives some good insight into the parties' relationships with their female politicians. There's also a startling look at how the FBI reportedly targets religious and ethnic communities for its domestic information gathering. And the report on Texas prisons skipping lunch on weekends to save money is just sad.

Business / Technology: The lead story, on Steve Jobs' foray into exotic alternative cancer treatments provides some good additional details to our brief from Thursday. The report on Wal-Mart's decision to cut health benefits to its employees has been getting a lot of outraged reaction, so you'll want to check that out. And this story on Eastern Kodak's bad bets on technology reminds one how fallible some of these once-dominant corporations really are.

Sports: Check out the report from game two of the World Series, another low-scorer which reportedly mirrored the first game in a lot of ways, but eventually went to the Rangers over the Cardinals. And check in with the N.B.A., where negotiations to end the players' lockout collapsed "in spectacular fashion" on Thursday night.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Ashland University English professor Joe Mackall meditates on the Amish, how Americans see them, and how they see each other and themselves.

Arts: The lead story, on artist Rashaad Newsome's blending of African American culture and old-time European artistic tradition makes for a fascinating read about an artist making some unique connections with his work.

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