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.
European markets lead the home page on Friday, after they opened down sharply for the second day in a row of "brutal losses" and after the U.S. stock markets performed miserably on Thursday. And while the second story on the page is the report on the U.S. formally calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, which we covered here yesterday, another prominent story features a summer camp where girls learn manufacturing trades, which is pretty cool. Our top choice: "36 Hours" comes home to downtown Manhattan.
World: The lead story hear is great -- a look at the Indian anti-corruption activist who is evoking a "Ghandian simplicity" in his campaign to eradicate government graft. And another neat feature looks at Russian nostalgia for the Soviet era, 20 years on.
U.S.: Check out the politics feature from Montana, about a lost breed of "New Western Democrat" and one campaigning senator banking on bringing it back. Also, the report on the arrest of the "Bad Hair Bandit" is pretty exciting.
Business: If, like many, you've been sort of ignoring the strike in Verizon's land line and Internet branch, a report on Friday says it's finally starting to make itself felt, with delays in service and repairs. And just in case the lead story on troubled European markets didn't depress you enough, check out this backgrounder on how anxiety over European banks is spreading to U.S. shores.
Science: In a heartening story for those with expanding waistlines, scientists at the National Institute of Aging report that they've developed a drug that can extend the lifespan of obese mice.
Sports: With international eyes on Beijing after the Georgetown Hoyas fight there, a report on Chinese athletes rebelling against an abusive system takes on extra meaning.
Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Penn State biology professor Nina V. Federoff argues that over-regulation of genetically modified food is choking off innovation that could be crucial to increasing yields.
Arts: The feature on Chris Tucker is worth your click, as the comedian talks about why, and whether he even really did, take a hiatus from performing.
Travel: The section turns its "36 Hours" feature on home turf, giving a great armchair tour of downtown Manhattan.