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 home page leads on Wednesday with more news from Libya, where rebels were working to consolidate control of Tripoli in spite of the fact that former ruler Colonel Muammar Qaddafi was still at large. But it was a heavy news day on Tuesday, so a story on the sudden fame of East Coast earthquake epicenter Mineral, Virginia, and one on the end of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn saga also jockeyed for prominent position. Our top pic for the day: The hunger-inducing report on the Zac Brown band, which travels with its own barbecue chef for the fans.
World: Amid the flood of reports coming in from Tripoli, a particularly thoughtful bit of analysis points out how difficult it is for Libyan people to get accurate information from either the last shards of government loyalists or the rebels now taking control of Tripoli. And you shouldn't miss the Miácora Journal, which follows an American man's quest to find the Colombian site of the plane crash that killed his Peace Corps brother 50 years ago.
U.S.: You can probably skip a lot of the soft earthquake coverage (the jeers from the West Coast and the shaken nerves in the East), unless you can't get enough of the novelty of an East Coast temblor. Rather, head over to the report on a counterintuitive measure in Yellowstone National Park to eradicate lake trout, which in that area are an invasive species.
Business: Both the biz and tech sections lead with the story of HP's quickly aborted TouchPad, and what its fate tells us about how tech products are developed, launched, and marketed. And there's a pretty interesting advertising story about Lacoste, which has taken to sponsoring non-celebrities, such as the staff at fancy restaurants, to give its clothes exposure.
Sports: The feature on Dom Valentino, a former Yankees announcer (who also called games for the Mets and Islanders) who has now lost his voice, is a good read about an important figure in New York sports history.
Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Cornell University president David J. Skorton argues that fraternity hazing, which claimed a life at his university last year, should be banned.
Arts: You'll be tempted to read the story on the replica of the house from Up, but you can skip it (in fact, it's kind of old news). Rather, check out the saga of a painter's heirs, whose case against the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dining and Wine: The story about a rock band that travels with its own chef for the fans is fun and worth a read, especially if the Zac Brown band happens to be heading your way soon. Also, Sam Sifton reviews Roberta's, one of the restaurants leading the transition of Bushwick into Brooklyn's hip enclave.