High Schoolers on Speed, Being Bubba, and an Alcatraz Mystery Endures

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: President Obama needs help from Latino voters who are frustrated by his lack of action on immigration and jobs. How Syria's Assad regime fights a P.R. war using Western media. Unemployed seniors are forced to draw on their Social Security much earlier than they had planned.

Health: Hospitals know they must continue to change and cut costs even if the health care law is overturned.

Opinion: Our problem is not sensory overload, but "sensory poverty," as we block out the natural world around us.

Education: Pressure over grades and college admissions are leading to an increase in the abuse of stimulants by high schoolers.

Sports: A long profile of Masters champ Bubba Watson, as he readies for this week's U.S. Open. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is being turned into the break out star of London 2012.

U.S.: Fifty years ago today, three inmates disappeared from Alcatraz and debate still rages about whether they survived the 10-mile swim to shore to make a successful escape.

Books: Dictator’s Learning Curve explores the way authoritarian regimes control their people in the age of YouTube and Facebook. A Civil War historian says that death tolls from the conflict underestimate the hundreds of thousands of freed slaves who died from hunger and disease.

Food: The ban on caviar from the overfished Caspian Sea is opening up opportunities for substitutes from othe regions. How to pair cocktails with food.

Technology: A recap of the top games unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo

Business: Apple sells fewer phones than Google, but holds more influence over app developers by making them more money.

Science: Texas ramps up production of desalination plants as the solution to years of drought.

Travel: Being an "elite" airline passenger isn't what it used to be. Here's how you can get some of those "elite" perks without being a member.

Photo Gallery of the Day: With events in track and field, soccer, horse racing, baseball, and hockey, Saturday was a very busy day for New York sports.

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