Egypt's Art, Mayor Mike's Helicopters, and LBJ's Book Is Never Done

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: Tracking the NRA's influence on the passage of expansive self-defense laws. Memorabilia from female astronauts brings high prices at auctions due to its rarity (and connections to tragedies.) All the major media companies are trying to cash in on the never-ending interest in the Titanic disaster.

World: A man who blew the whistle on foreign visa fraud at Infosys says he wasn't fired, but has been cut off from the rest of the company and given no work assignments.

Opinion: Factory farms are horrible, but the idea of sustainable meat farming is also unworkable. Washington State is considering a plan to start decriminalizing marijuana.

Business: Breaking down Mark Zuckererg's driving role in the purchase of Instagram. Solar power continues to struggle as investors and subsidies dry up.

Art: Reviews of a new Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the online Google Art Project; and the Met's new book that surveys nearly 600 pieces from its collection.

Books: Robert Caro has been working on his multi-book biography of Lyndon Johnson since 1976 and isn't close to finished. Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms looks at ancient species that survived exticntion to live among us today.

Television: A review of the much-hyped HBO debut, Girls.

Movies: Reviews of The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods, "a slasher/zombie/monster film with a bloody but winking twist."

Sunday Magazine: A man whose aunt's murder was the inspiration for a new movie explains the crazy true story behind the film story.

Real Estate: Instead of moving in together, two artists in love bought side-by-side cottages.

New York: Mayor Bloomberg is obsessed with helicopters, which he owns and pilots himself. The eel population is making a huge comeback in the creeks of Staten Island. The New York Times finds out about "Snackman", the the viral star who calmly helped stop a subway fight.

Health: Doctors still struggle to find the medical distinction between a person being conscious and unconscious.

Photo Gallery of the Day: "The Dawn of Egyptian Art" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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