Now that the New York Times pay wall is live, you only get 20 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.

The paper, and the site, are leading today with a couple reports on states and agencies preparing for the impending government shutdown. There's also a report on how Ivory Coast strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo is getting ready to leave but still won't walk out the door (likely in a space being held for the news of his departure). But our favorite story of the day is this hopeful report on an aging piece of scientific equipment and its potentially groundbreaking last gasp.

Global: The best read here is the Cairo Journal feature about how Egyptians, weary from so-called revolution fatigue, are beginning to lose their near-indomitable senses of humor. But there's also a look at new threats facing the Fukushima power plant and a news feature on France's newly muscular international posture.

U.S.: Leaving the government shutdown news to lead the front page, the national section is going big with a report on how more and more K-12 students are taking classes online, amid debates over quality. But we like the more unconventional coverage of Detroit's planning department is facing the unexpected challenge of helping the city shrink.

Business: The lead story on possibly tainted Japanese fish takes us inside the kitchen of famed New York seafood restaurant Le Bernardin, a neat angle, but really only worth your click if you're dying to hear from semi-celebrity chef Eric Ripert. There's plenty of other coverage of this issue here and here. Instead, check out this interesting history of Pringles, as Proctor and Gamble prepares to sell the company, it's last food brand.

Technology: Aren't we done pontificating about social media's potential as a business tool? Guess not. Tech leads with a report on the "ultra-rich" using various new social networking tools to get investment advice.

Science: Please let this be true: Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, one of the nation's oldest particle accelerators and near the end of its operating life, say they may have found evidence of a new elementary particle or even "a new force of nature."

Health: The big news of the day is a study that finds estrogen can lower heart attack and cancer risk in some women. Also, Gretchen Reynolds has a rebuttal, in the Well Blog, to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that appeared to link sex and exercise to heart failure.

Sports: Another day, another N.C.A.A. title, as the Texas A&M women's basketball team dominated Notre Dame. And by this report, it was actually an exciting game, unlike the men's. Also, Chris Young seems to have come into his own in the Mets' season opener in Philadelphia.

Opinion: As a stalemate emerges in Libya, one former congressman recalls his previous diplomatic visits to Libya as he is there once more to try to persuade Muammar el-Qaddafi to step aside.

Arts: Reviews of Norm Macdonald's Sports Show and Céline Danhier’s Blank City may be of interest. But the best-value click in this section is on Holland Cotter's more in-depth look at imprisoned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Dining and Wine: A report on how to cook ribs to perfection without using a smoker is far more interesting than this look at how farm-to-table dining is affecting luxury brands like Harry & David.