Spying at the Olympics, The Virgin Mary in Jersey, and 'Uncle Vanya'

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: Seeking to win at the Olympics, countries take espionage cues from Bond. James Bond. A report names prominent figures as participants in the killings of the Afghan civil war.

World: In China the one-child policy comes under criticism and evaluation. The popularity of drug cocktails made from kratom leaves in Thailand concerns authorities.

U.S.: Residents of Aurora mourn as information is gathered about the suspect in the movie theater shooting.

New York: A tree trunk with a knot said to resemble the Virgin Mary draws crowds of the devotional and also the wary.

Business: Fashion magazines are growing in China where they have an eager audience interested in the products they advertise.

Technology: For Facebook "to please Wall Street, [it] must first curry favor with Madison Avenue, and it is scrambling to do just that."

Media & Advertising: David Carr argues that Yahoo is a media company.

Sports: Ernie Els won the British Open as his friend Adam Scott's game suffered.

Opinion: Chip Kidd imagines MetroCard advertisements.

Theater: Ben Brantley reviews Cate Blanchett in Uncle Vanya.

Art & Design: Jeffrey Deitch's reign at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art "has so far been a disappointment even to the people who thought it was a feasible idea in the first place."

Television: Members of the mob are all over TV and talking.

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