Gore Vidal, NYPD Shell Casings, and Underwater Photography

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: An obituary for Gore Vidal, who is described as, "at the end of his life, an Augustan figure who believed himself to be the last of a breed, and he was probably right." Obama is polling ahead of Mitt Romney in three battleground states.

World: In India, where power has been restored, the electrical grid is described as like a "a whole bunch of rubber bands." 

U.S.: The country's voting systems' troubles go beyond voter identification: "there are worse problems with voter registration, ballot design, absentee voting and electoral administration." A square dance returns to a town in West Virginia.

New York: Despite Mayor Bloomberg's stance against illegal guns, the NYPD's used shell casings are sold to a Georgia ammunition store.

Business: The World Financial Center is set to get a facelift.

Sports: Gymnast John Orozco, who had a bad day in the men's team finals, knows how to "bounce back." Many photographers who capture images underwater are certified scuba divers.

Movies: A number of the movies set for fall and winter release "tackle tough, sometimes violent, sometimes politically tinged subject matter."

Opinion: Maureen Dowd writes that Mitt Romney had a "pretty good visit overseas," but only by "Sopranos standards" — by "political standards" she likened it to the painting The Scream.

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