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Janaury 18, 2010

Welcome to the online edition of The New York Times Upfront, where you'll find a selection of articles from our print edition. (For information on subscribing to the print edition, with all its additional articles, graphics, and teacher's edition, please click here.)

FEATURES

COVER STORY

2010: America & the World
From Afghanistan to China, the top challenges facing the U.S. as we head toward a new decade


ENVIRONMENT

Your Diet & Global Warming
Why the food we eat has as much of an impact on climate change as the cars we drive


NATIONAL

Inside The White House
A behind-the-scenes look at how the Obama administration really works, from a longtime New York Times White House reporter

Locked Away Forever
Is life imprisonment for teen offenders "cruel and unusual" punishment? The Supreme Court will rule this spring.

Driven to Distraction
Texting while driving is not only dangerous, in some states it's now illegal.


TIMES PAST

1960: Greensboro Sit-Ins
Fifty years ago, four black college students sat at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter and helped re-ignite the civil rights movement.

ALSO: An interview with Franklin McCain, one of the "Greensboro Four," who started the sit-in movement

DEPARTMENTS

NEWS & TRENDS
Illegal names in China, Internet bans in France, America's most annoying words, and more

DEBATE
Will closing the prison at Guantánamo make America safer?

THE ETHICIST
Life's full of questions; he's got answers.

VOICES
Noor Brara, 18, on her two lives, in India and the United States

CARTOONS
Some lighter looks at what's in the news