The Deaths They Deserve

A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.

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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 best read in today's paper comes from the opinion pages, where Simon Sebag Montefiore writes a thoughtful explanation — or defense — of the violent death of Muammar Qaddafi. After observing that "the death of a tyrant is always a political act that reflects the character of his power," he compares his end to that of some of history's other dictators and discusses the need of a people to see their ruler vanquished. "When [Qaddafi] asked his frenzied killers, who had known no other ruler in their lives, 'Do you not know the difference between right and wrong?' he had already taught them the answer."

World:  People hate power lines because they're ugly, so Denmark hired professional architects to design fancy towers in the hopes of placating NIMBY activists. China doesn't have that problem as it tries to get a leg up on the rest of the world by building money-losing desalination plants.

U.S.: America's got Mormon fever! But forget about Romney and Huntsman ... hipster Mormons are the newest ambassadors for the church. To bolster their reputation with the #Occupy crowd, New York's mayoral candidates are already bragging about their arrest records for civil disobedience. There's also a profile of Paul D. Clement, a former solicitor general who has appeared before the Supreme Court 49 times (more than any lawyer this century) and is the go-to litigator for the nation's biggest constiutional fights. He'll likely get the chance to argue against Obama's health care law in front of the justices.

Business / Technology: Two stories take a look at Microsoft's latest efforts in the smart phone game, as they unveiled their first device made in partnership with Nokia and David Pogue reviews the newest version of their Windows Phone operating system.

Science: A new obesity study shows how hormone changes that occur after people lose weight "put your body into a circumstance it will resist," making it nearly impossible to keep the weight off over the long-term.

Sports: What happens when an athlete risks it all for one big contract, then gets hurt before he can sign it? New York Giants cornerback Terrel Thomas is finding out the hard way after blowing out his knee in the preseason and being abandoned by his team.

Arts: The New Museum in Manhattan opened a new "sadistic" exhibition featuring nudity, insurance waivers, and a three-story metal slide. Oh, and Beavis and Butt-Head are back.

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