Firing Joe Pa, the Spanish Inquisition, and Losing the "Leap Second"

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 Stories: The pending loss of a major Boeing factory is a huge blow to the economy of Wichita, Kansas, and its claims to be the "Air Captial of the World."  Penn State's board of trustees talk about the moments that led to their decision to fire head coach Joe Paterno.

World: Mexico's drug war is spreading from the border regions to previously peaceful areas in the country's interior and south. A profile of Mohamed Beltagy, one of the leading politicians of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and a "central protagonist" of the revolution.

Science: Scientists are debating eliminating the "leap second," adding one extra second to clocks every few years to keep pace with the Earth's rotation.

Opinion: The protests against SOPA and PIPA have gone too far, when those arguing for free speech actually shout down opponents and make them unable to speak their minds. Nick Kristof says there's nothing wrong with being a banker and making money, but that doesn't mean capitalism can't be improved.

Books: A review of God's Jurya new history of the Spanish Inquisition and how its "mind-set and machinery" became "inescapable products of the modern world that later surfaced in Stalin’s Russia, Argentina’s military junta and 21st-century America ... at Guantánamo Bay."

Politics: A NYT/CBS poll shows that President Obama is struggling to win over independent voters. In a hard fought election year, Sen. Scott Brown must run away from the Republican party to win re-election as a "Massachusetts Moderate."

Arts: A review of Kevin Spacey's performance in  Richard III in Brooklyn, that is "over the top in a style that combines high artistry with the primal urge to show off ...  consistent in its excesses, shaped by a sustained point of view. I can’t say the same of this production."

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