Spying at the Olympics, The Virgin Mary in Jersey, and 'Uncle Vanya'

Esther Zuckerman
July 23, 2012
Spying at the Olympics, The Virgin Mary in Jersey, and 'Uncle Vanya'

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: Seeking to win at the Olympics, countries take espionage cues from Bond. James Bond. A report names prominent figures as participants in the killings of the Afghan civil war. 

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World: In China the one-child policy comes under criticism and evaluation. The popularity of drug cocktails made from kratom leaves in Thailand concerns authorities.

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U.S.: Residents of Aurora mourn as information is gathered about the suspect in the movie theater shooting.

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New York: A tree trunk with a knot said to resemble the Virgin Mary draws crowds of the devotional and also the wary. 

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Business: Fashion magazines are growing in China where they have an eager audience interested in the products they advertise.  

Technology: For Facebook "to please Wall Street, [it] must first curry favor with Madison Avenue, and it is scrambling to do just that." 

Media & Advertising: David Carr argues that Yahoo is a media company. 

Sports: Ernie Els won the British Open as his friend Adam Scott's game suffered.

Opinion: Chip Kidd imagines MetroCard advertisements. 

Theater: Ben Brantley reviews Cate Blanchett in Uncle Vanya.

Art & Design: Jeffrey Deitch's reign at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art "has so far been a disappointment even to the people who thought it was a feasible idea in the first place." 

Television: Members of the mob are all over TV and talking.