The Perfect Pig, the Real Harlem Shake, and Michelle Obama's Self-Defense

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: A school meant to honor a slain teacher is set to close in the Bronx.

World: As conflict rages in Syria loccal councils in rebel-held towns are "not only fighting deprivation but trying to set up courts, police forces and social services"

U.S.: Carl Edgar Blake II—who built Internet portals for cities—is on a quest to breed the "perfect pig."

New York: A look at the real Harlem Shake, "a much more raw, technical, fluid, frenetic dance," which "was born in New York City more than 30 years ago."

Business: The U.S.D.A. is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant which "comes amid growing concern among American consumers that horse meat will somehow make its way into ground beef products in the United States as it has done in Europe."

Technology: After Groupon's earnings were not up to par the company has fired its idiosyncratic chief executive.

Health: Michelle Obama responds to criticism of her recent public appearances.

Sports: Somluck Kamsing, who rose out of poverty to become a Muay Thai hero, is back in the ring.

Opinion: Paul Krugman on Ben Bernanke's hippie status.

Theater: Vanessa Redgrave creates her "her finest, fullest stage performance since she won a Tony for 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night' a decade ago" in The Revisionist, written by Jesse Eisenberg.

Art & Design: The retrospective of Jay DeFeo's work at the Whitney is "as tenderly shaped and as visually stirring as a career survey could possibly be."

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