Drug Trafficking, Vermont on Twitter, and India's Oprah

Esther Zuckerman
Drug Trafficking, Vermont on Twitter, and India's Oprah

Now that The New York Times pay wall is live, 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.

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Top Stories: Hospitals are concerned about cuts that would come under the Affordable Care Act to funding they use to help the uninsured like illegal immigrants. The story of Gu Kailai matches a familiar trope in Chinese lore of the conniving powerful woman, but "many wonder if party leaders are using her case to deflect public disgust over the kind of corruption and abuse of power that critics say was embodied by her husband." 

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World: Venezuela, with its tensions with the U.S., continues to be a center for cocaine movement — despite their government's claims of success in curbing traffickers.

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U.S.: Following Sweden's lead, the Vermont tourism department has residents run a Twitter account. Tampa strip clubs are preparing for the Republican National Convention. 

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New York: The curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden "is in the vanguard of a national movement to identify and promote rose varieties that will thrive without chemical intervention." 

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Media & Advertising: A movie star in India is now the host of a weekly television show that combines "Oprah-style interviews on a couch with short reports from the field" and draws attention to social issues in the country. 

Sports: Irish gymnast Kieran Behan is at the Olympics despite a series of medical hardships, including being told he would never walk again.  

Art & Design: Ken Johnson reviews the exhibit “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000" at the Museum of Modern Art, which he calls a "rich and thought-provoking study of a great subject." 

Movies: LGBT film festival NewFest begins Friday at Lincoln Center where it "has finally come in from the rain."

Opinion: Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky on England, crisis, and spectacle.