Trimming the Times: Pipeline Controversy; Grounded Parachutist

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 on Monday with a report on a newly released batch of emails that environmentalists say show bias from U.S. officials in favor of a proposed, controversial transcontinental pipeline from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast. Also high on the page: Governor Rick Perry of Texas is on the defensive after it was reported that he hunted at a camp, leased by his father, part of which had a very offensive name. And it's a small story, but our favorite read on Monday was the feature on a 38-year veteran smoke jumper who's retiring from parachuting into forest fires.

World: The lead feature on immigrants who cross from Mexico into the United States again and again after multiple deportations, is worth a click for the glimpse it provides into the expense and hassle of such crossings. Also well worth the read: C.J. Chivers' report from Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are focusing efforts on eradicating the infamous Haqqani terrorist network. Also worth the click: The feature on a crackdown underway in Thailand against online criticism of the country's royal family.

U.S.: The report on a raft of new state voting laws makes for a good roundup on a seemingly local issue that's collectively turning national as the 2012 elections approach. For a fun feature, check out the story of Dale Longanecker, a 38-year veteran smoke jumper who's retiring at the mandatory age of 57.

Business / Technology: The lead story on a struggling Nevada geothermal plant backed, like Solyndra, by the Obama administration is worth a look just in case it, also, winds up in bankruptcy. And there's going to be a lot of reporting coming out of Oracle's OpenWorld convention in San Francisco, but the Tech section lead story makes for a good general introduction to the event and its expected highlights.

Sports: There are a lot of game stories from the weekend, so you may want to skip over the reports on the Jets and Giants games (available elsewhere, of course), and focus on the report on the Yankees' struggle against the Detroit Tigers, which is a bit more significant now that baseball is in the postseason.

Opinion: Bill Keller has the lead op-ed today, turning his attention toward virtual learning, and how prestigious universities are making forays into the online teaching world.

Arts: The Black Eyed Peas' concert in Central Park was a big deal as it was to be the band's last for a while, so catch the review to relive it once more (or more likely, to experience it vicariously).

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