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A Donor in Missouri, Gun Control, and Roy Lichtenstein

A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.

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Top Stories: With no limits on giving in Missouri "retired investor and chess enthusiast" Rex Sinquefield  "has emerged as the biggest political donor in Missouri and one of the most prolific anywhere in the country" with his main focus being on eliminating state and local income taxes.

World: In Kashmir, killings are being used to "derail the panchayats," the village councils elected last year "in what became a victory for grass-roots democracy in a blood-soaked land."

U.S.: Johnny Itliong, son of labor leader Larry Itliong who was influential in the farm labor movement, "grew up with a persistent longing, which has led him on a journey to bring his father’s accomplishments to light."

Technology: The video chat site Airtime, despite its auspicious beginnings, has faced low traffic and layoffs.

Environment: An experiment by a businessman which involved scattering iron dust in waters off of Canada, according to scientists "raises the specter of what they have long feared: rogue field experiments that might unintentionally put the environment at risk."

Sports: After being swept by the Tigers the"2012 Yankees will be reviled — at least in the all-or-nothing context of baseball’s most decorated franchise — for making a punchless spectacle of October, along with the case for an overhaul that may not be possible, given the contracts they are locked into."

Opinion: The Times editorializes on the lack of discussion about gun control in the presidential contest: "This nation needs sane and effective gun control policies, including the assault weapons ban, not political obfuscation."

Art & Design: Holland Cotter on the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the National Gallery of Art where "Lichtenstein’s large-featured images, with their Ben-Day dot patterns; thick, black contours; and flat, bright colors are almost ergonomically comfortable to the eye."

Movies: Stephen Holden review the "profoundly sex-positive" film The Sessions about a man whose mobility is mostly lost due to polio and hires a sex therapist to help him lose his virginity.

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