Smug Colleges, Fake Wines, and the End of Greyhound Racing

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 White House is starting a new campaign to build support for its health care law as key Supreme Court arguments approach. All but two of Japan's 54 nuclear power plants have been offline since the earthquake one year ago, cutting the country's power output by one-third.

Opinion: Are America's elite colleges actually responsible for their own reputation for being smug?

New York: An NYPD officer has been vindicated after being suspended for 2 years (and being sent involuntarily to a psych ward) for exposing the under-reporting of crimes in his precinct. Some gyms are offering evening "happy hour" workouts that create a night club atmosphere and a chance to mingle.

Politics: Comparing Mitt Romney to George H.W. Bush, another rich, East Coast conservative who had trouble connecting to working class folks. Scott Brown is trying to use opponent Elizabeth Warren's celebrity supporters against her in their Massachusetts Senate Race.

Technology: SXSW is once again the birthplace of location-based social apps.

Health: How a hospital handles it when a visitor (who is not yet a patient) has a medical emergency. Older people try to keep their brains active in the hopes of staving off dementia.

Sports: A story of two rivals — Michigan's Zack Novak and Michigan State's Draymond Green — who have had similar (and rare) four-year college careers. As race tracks move to other sources of revenue, they've joined the fight to cut back (and possibly eliminate) the increasingly unpopular greyhound races.

U.S.: A high-end wine dealer has been arrested for selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of counterfeit product.

World: Inspired by protests against Vladimir Putin, many young Russians decided to run for municipal offices and quite a few actually won. Italy goes to war against tax evaders, who are many and legendary in that nation.

Food: An education in miso, including some simple recipes.

TV: A review of the 2008 presidential race re-enactment, Game Change.

Movies: This week's reviews: sci-fi epic John Carter; Footnote, an Israeli film about father and son academics; Attenberg, a Greek film about "a 23-year-old woman in the midst of an identity crisis that feels both highly idiosyncratic and weirdly familiar"; Salmon Fishing in Yemen, an "absurdist political satire" turned into "a whimsical romantic comedy"; and Shakespeare High, a documentary about a high school theater competition.

Photo Gallery of the Day: Greyhound races

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