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.
At the top of the home page today, a report on Saudi Arabia's muscular role among the Middle East uprisings is a good reminder of that country's own political situation and its regional influence. Also high on the page, and definitely worth a click, is the brilliantly photographed report on China's interest in Brazilian farmland. Perhaps the most absorbing piece to catch today is the Lens blog's slide show on Ratco Mladic.
World: Serbia's arrest of Ratco Mladic still leads, and among the coverage there are some gems. Stephen Castle has a straightforward look at what the arrest means for Serbia's entry into the United Nations, and the Lens blog has a fascinating slide show of the work of Russian photographer Olga Kravets, who early on set out to document Mladic "in absentia." Also, for those keeping an eye on Hillary Clinton's visit to Pakistan, there's a report on that tense trip.
U.S.: The lead story on prisons battling an influx of suboxone sent through the mail is a great read on an unexpected problem. On the lighter side, Marc Lacey canvassed some people in Scottsdale, Arizona, for their advice for new neighbor Sarah Palin.
Business: Don't miss the profile of Sony CEO Howard Stringer, with it's Groundhog Day analogy. There are some chuckles to be had over the weird federal regulations being repealed by the Obama administration. And in a bit of closure this Friday, the news of mortgage companies settling with military service members over wrongful foreclosures is important, if dry (and also available at Reuters).
Technology: The news today is on Google's unveiling of its pay-by-phone application, but that's everywhere. A little more fun, and unique, is the profile of app maker RockLive, which is developing a Mike Tyson boxing program, among other things.
Health: A widely reported study yesterday found so-called good cholesterol was of little benefit at all, and faith in the vitamin niacin may have been misplaced. And Timothy Williams answers questions about Arizona's plan to make smokers and the obese pay for Medicaid.
Opinion: Rick Perlstein's lead op-ed commemorates Hubert Humphry's 100th birthday, reminding us not to write off the "happy warrior."
Arts: Definitely check out the massive report on that possible Michelangelo painting found behind a family's couch in Buffalo, New York.
Travel: Check out a domestic special, with 36 Hours in Niagra Falls.