Boom Times for Inventors, Death Row Lawyering, and the Not-So-Secret Service

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 10 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: Some lawyers are getting rich by finding businesses that are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, then finding disabled people to sue the business (even if they haven't been harmed by it.) The Earned Income Tax Credit provides some low income families with almost one-third of their annual income. Even before its recent prostitution scandal, the Secret Service has long battled a reputation as a hard partying boys club.

World: A campaign by an Islamic group to give out free copies of the Koran has sparked controversy in Germany. The war-crimes trial of a Serbian politician is now its fifth year, and marked by the defendant's grandstanding and the International Criminal Court's inability to control it.

Business: Meet two economists whose research is driving the debate about inequality (and the push for higher taxes on the rich) in America.

Opinion: America today recalls Britain in 1945, as its empire began to fade.

Law: A death row inmate did a better job defending himself than any of the incompetent court-appointed lawyers who failed him.

Science: A rise in the number of retracted scholarly articles has some academics calling for reform in the academic publishing process.

U.S.: Life on the basketball team at Carroll Academy, a school for troubled teenagers in Tennessee. College events, like Sex Week at Harvard, are leading to more formal discussions and debates about sex on campus.

Books: Overfishing looks at the science of sustainable fishing, where it's done well and where it isn't. Heaven on Earth is a history of Sharia law, which the author says is corrupted by Islamic hardliners "to validate murder after murder in Islam’s name.”

Sunday Magazine: Are we in the golden age for independent inventors selling everything from utility belts to the Snuggie?

Obituaries: Lou Goldstein, a Borscht Belt entertainer known for his skills at playing "Simon Says."

Food/Drink: Despite being looked down up by traditionalists, whiskey stones are gaining in popularity.

Health: How does exercise change the amount of food you eat?

Photo Gallery of the Day: Tornadoes strike the Midwest.

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