Detroit's Deadline, Abortion at the Movies, and the Joy of Mindless Video Games

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: Mogadishu, Somalia, is "enjoying its longest epoch of relative peace since 1991" (though that stretch was broken this morning by a suicide bombing.) Detroit faces a deadline on Thursday to come up with a plan to solve its financial crisis or face take over by the state government.

Opinion: How Brazil could help end Iran's nuclear program by putting a stop to its own.

Science: Simply wearing a white coat (if you believe it belongs to a doctor) can improve concentration, proving that what you wear affects your brain.

Theater: The Metropolitan Opera is launching an ambitious and technically complicated production of Wagner's full "Ring" cycle.

Sunday Magazine: How "mindless" time-wasting video games (from Tetris to Angry Birds) have taken over our lives. How to cheat on your taxes.

Health: A small amount of therapy can have a dramatic effect on children who have suffered a traumatic event.

Travel: New Zealand is the perfect country to explore in a camper van. Airlines are testing a new satellite system that could save fuel and cut down on delays by providing more efficient routes and landing approaches.

Television: A review of Best Friends Forever, the latest TV comedy created by women.

Books: Charlotte Rogan is publishing her first book after decades of writing (unpublished) novels on her own.

U.S.: Texans use a live-animal auction to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition money for the kids who raised the livestock.

Movies: An anti-abortion movie backed by evangelical church groups has already made a healthy profit at the cineplex.

World: China's press is not shy about selling positive coverage to anyone who can pay.

Food: Having your own backyard chicken is great until you end up with more fresh eggs than you know what to do with. Relish is almost non-existent as a restaurant condiment.

Sports: Randal Lewis, a 54-year-old financial adviser from Alma, Mich., will be the oldest first-time Masters participant ever, after qualifying via an amateur tournament.

Photo Gallery of the Day: A baseball writer chronicles his favorite eating spots found while covering teams on the road.

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