A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
David Brooks on Chuck Hagel, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly on guns, Ramesh Ponnuru on the debt ceiling, Simon Tisdall on Syria, and Michael Specter on genetically modified crops.
NPR on wastewater and earthquakes, The Guardian on birds and windmills, Good on agribusiness, The New York Times on trees, and Courthouse News on tiger salamanders.
Even as their numbers decline, the habit of tiny fish such as sardines to form into tightly packed "bait balls" keeps them super easy to catch, which puts them at risk of collapse and means active conservation such as catch limits is crucial for their survival.
Earlier this week, a story circulated about a drone hobbyist whose photos of a Dallas-area meat-packing plant dumping blood into a river got the feds to investigate the plant.
On the campaign trail and in the media, environmentalists are protesting President Obama's nearly-finalized plan allowing TransCanada to construct a $7 billion pipeline that cuts through the Midwest.
The proposed pet sales ban is the latest in an alternately noble and ridiculous tradition
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