Disaster in Syria, Obama's Defining Moment on Guns, and Tamales

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

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Top Stories: On Kissam Avenue in Staten Island, where no one has moved back in after Sandy, "even as residents press forward, they have had to be vigilant against resurgent sadness."

World: Aleppo is "administered by no one and slipping into disaster" with supply shortages, diseases, and continued warfare, C.J. Chivers reports.

U.S.: The actions of leaders in Washington following Newtown were "considerably more broad-based than what had followed previous mass shootings, coming from Republicans as well as Democrats, from gun control advocates and those who have favored gun rights in the past, and even from the corporate and retail worlds." Also in the shooting's wake comes a "moment that will define what a second-term Obama presidency will look like — whether it will be closer to the soaring aspirations that set liberal hearts aflutter in 2008 or more like the back-room deal making that characterized the four years that followed."

New York: MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota is stepping down, looking toward a possible run for mayor on the Republican ticket.

Business: Shopping websites are "acknowledging there is something to a bricks-and-mortar location" and opening up storefronts.

Sports: In Chinatown even though patrons are still Knicks fans they are also still cheering for Jeremy Lin.

Opinion: Pamela Jones Harbour on Google and privacy.

Art & Design: Turnaround Arts, a "a new federally sponsored public-and-private experiment," sees art as a way to improve students' academics, engaging them with practitioners such as Chuck Close and dancer Damian Woetzel.

Movies: Manohla Dargis reviews Amour, which she calls a "masterpiece."

Dining: Fernanda Santos on the holiday tradition of tamale-making.

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