Timbuktu's Artifacts, Joe Flacco, and Dr. Seuss' Hats

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

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Behind the New York Times pay wall, 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: Though Islamic extremists destroyed some of Timbuktu's artifacts, the country's treasures have survived with the "habit of Timbuktu’s families of hiding away their valuable relics whenever danger is near, burying them deep in the desert."

World: An Israeli attack in Syria damaged the country's research center for biological and chemical weapons.

U.S.: Sonia Sotomayor's release of her memoir "suggests that she has broader ambitions than her colleagues, to play a larger and more personal role on the public stage."

New York: Christmas trees are being used to help build up the dunes Hurricane Sandy destroyed.

Media & Advertising: The upcoming months are a test for Legendary Entertainment and the man behind it, Thomas Tull.

Technology: The University of Waterloo in Ontario had once been a feeder for BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion), but now students are heading for some of the other big tech companies or creating their own startups.

Sports: Though Joe Flacco has "rarely been seen as a member of the N.F.L.’s coterie of top quarterbacks," now his membership in those ranks is undeniable.

Opinion: Emily Anthes on how technological advances "are reshaping our relationships with other species."

Books: The man who created The Cat in the Hat, Theodor Seuss Geisel, was a hat-lover, and a traveling exhibition will display his collection.

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