L.A. After the Riots, Boxing on the Brain, and Zimbabwe Can't Make Change

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: A look at South Central Los Angeles, which has become a mostly Latino neighborhood in the 20 years since the Rodney King riots. The Secret Service investigation as turned a wide range of misconduct from agents in Colombia.

Health: A major health care debt collection agency is accused of planting employees in hospitals and demanding that patients pay their bills before receiving treatment.

Opinion: A gun owner says the NRA does not represent most gun owners, especially hunters.

Science: Researchers look for clues to how distance running played a role in human evolution. A study of boxers' brains shows physical changes in the brain that appear long before outward symptoms.

World: Zimbabwe's switch to U.S. dollar also means a huge shortage of coins to make change.

New York: The city health department gives out free condoms, which police then take away and use as evidence to arrest prostitutes. New York City Council speaker Christine will become the most prominent politician to marry a same sex partner, while she plans her run for mayor.

Art: Google online Art Project gets tangled in the mess of copyright law.

Theater: A review of Nice Work if You Can Get It, an old-fashioned musical revue of Gershwin songs, starring Matthew Broderick.

Sports: A job interview specialist who helps football players prepare for the NFL Draft.

Books: A sixth-grader who struggled with his weight has written a book about dieting.

U.S.: The Marine Corps is slowly integrating women into front line combat units.

Politics: Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson spends all his free time calling constituents on the phone.

Sunday Magazine: Women's rights groups fight back against the rise of criminal convictions for mothers who use drugs.

Obituaries: George Cowan, a chemist whose work was integral in the building of the first atomic bomb.

Photo Gallery of the Day: South Central Los Angeles today, 20 years after the riots.

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