Pirating for the Troops, the Horrors of Liberia, and the Buffalo Roam Again

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 92-year-old World War II vet has sent more than 4,000 boxes of pirated Hollywood movies to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The head of Chesapeake Energy is under fire over poor company performance and a questionable compensation package.

Opinion: Charles Taylor's conviction in The Hague "didn’t even be­gin to ad­dress the dev­as­tat­ing damage Mr. Tay­lor did to his coun­try." A reporter tells of how Taylor's atrocities ripped apart her family.

Sports: Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats are one of the worst teams in NBA history.

Politics: Ronald Reagan knew how reassure conservatives of his "culture warrior" credentials without overtly flaunting them, like Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich did.

Science: Buffalo herds are being released back into the wild in Montana, which bothers some ranchers and farmers who say there is no place for them anymore. Scientists are trying to figure out how migrating birds navigate using the Earth's magnetic field

Real Estate: A $85 million home sale may soon lead to Los Angeles' first $100 million house purchase.

Books: Pri­vate Em­pire details Exxon Mo­bil’s "harassment" of scientists, violent foreign adventures, secrecy, "arrogant cul­ture" and "obscene" wealth.

Theater: The Broadway musical Leap of Faith (adapted from a 20-year-old Steve Martin movie) is "this sea­son’s black hole of mu­si­cal comedy, suck­ing the en­ergy out of any­one who gets near it."

Photo Gallery of the Day: An exhibition of Terracotta Warriors in Times Square, New York

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