Mom-and-Pop Online, the 300-Year-Old Cello, and Tough Times for Israeli Women

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 look at Rick Santorum's many Congressional earmarks and how they might be tied to large donations from those who benefited from his government handouts. There's a growing rift in Israel over the second-class treatment of women in a country where the government must answer to ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders, leading to incidents such as a recent conference on women's health that barred women doctors from giving speeches.

Opinion: Rather than attacking Iran's nuclear capability, Israel should consider negotiating for a nuclear-free Middle East.

Business: Wall Street investment firms are flooding Silicon Valley offering to manage money for the dozens of new millionaires and billionaire being made in the new tech boom. Small online shopping outlets are the new "mom and pop" stores of the Internet, earning money from those who want to avoid big box chains and support small business.

New York: The story of two Iraqi refugees, an aging couple who lost both their sons in the war and now "struggle with with illness, language and poverty" in Brooklyn. Transit agencies look to upgrade their trains and buses while accounting for the ever-widening rear ends of the Americans who ride on them.

Tech: PC makers beef up their ultra-thin laptops to compete with the MacBook Air.

Books: A new dual-biography looks at two outspoken Muslim women, one a critic of Islam and the other the only female operative in Al Qaeda.

Arts: The children of a beloved classical musician are preparing to sell a 300-year-old Stradivarius cello that belonged to their father for 54 years until death, and became a like a ($6 million) member of the family.

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