Bad Lead, Bad Fracking, and Just How Gay Is Hugh Jackman?

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.

Top Story: U.S. recyclers are sending lead batteries to Mexico for processing, where lax environmental standards expose workers and residents to dangerous amounts of pollution. The EPA says some Wyoming drinking water has been contaminated by chemicals from natural gas fracking.

U.S.: President Obama is about to fulfill one campaign promise, ending the war in Iraq, just before his reelection campaign begins in earnest. The recession has led to an increase in cremations, which are much less expensive than traditional burials.

Arts: Theater critic Ben Brantley dances around the underlying subtext of Hugh Jackman's one-man Broadway show: Jackman may not be a gay man, but he sure performs like one.

Health: There are 44 breakfast cereals that contain more sugar in one cup then three Chips Ahoy cookies. Researchers say generosity (even something as simple as making the coffee in the morning) is the key to a happy marriage.

Politics: Redistricting is forcing some Congressional colleagues, who used to work together, to fight for the same seat.

Movies: A review of the "superb new adaptation" of "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy"

Obituaries: Jerry Robinson, the comic book artist who invented Batman's best friend, Robin, and his nemesis, The Joker.

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