Golden Globe Style, Mao's Malaria Drug, and Baseball's Puerto Rican Slide

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: A group of Russian scammers that filled Facebook with a notorious worm are operating completely in the open (even revealing their identities and location on Foursquare), while law enforcement is powerless to stop them. Meet the compensation consultants who help Wall Street banks decide how to distribute bonuses and craft payment packages for top executives. How the Iranian conflict is affecting President Obama's re-election campaign.

Opinion: Why Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu should resist the temptation to bomb Iran.

Style: A review of Golden Globes fashion trends.

U.S.: There are some children who are American citizens, live in Tijuana, Mexico, but travel to the U.S. for school every day.

Health: Exercise researchers worry about people that think a good workout has to be dangerous and painful.

Sports: The quality and interest in baseball has declined dramatically in Puerto Rico, ever since Major League Baseball required players to enter the draft after high school and closed the academies that cultivated younger talent. (“They abandoned us a little, and we fell hard.”)

Science: How Mao Zedong's interest in stopping the Americans in Vietnam led to one of the world's greatest malaria drugs (and one that may result in a Nobel Prize.) Scientists prepare to spend the winter on Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior to study the interactions between wolves and moose. Amateur biologists are studying bacteria and making breakthroughs in homemade non-profit laboratories. Some scientists are trying to change the peer review process for journals saying it's "hidebound, expensive and elitist."

Books: Two Boston Globe reporters have published a biography of Mitt Romney, that "won’t substantially alter perceptions of the candidate," but "pulls together lots of details into a narrative that’s absorbing and fair-minded." An extensive (and expensive) reprint is being sold of "The South Polar Times," Robert Scott's handmade "magazine" account of his trip to the South Pole, which he reached 100 years ago today.

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