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February 16, 2009

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

Paying a Price to Get to Class
Even vicious attacks by the Taliban aren't stopping girls in Afghanistan determined to go to high school.


INTERNATIONAL

21st-Century Pirates
Gangs of armed Somalis are paralyzing a key international shipping route off Africa's coast.


NATIONAL

Beyond Guantánamo
Will President Obama's new approach to fighting terrorism make America safer?


THE ECONOMY

Cheap Oil's Downside
It feels great paying less at the pump, but the falling price of oil isn't all good news for the United States.


SPORTS

Hoop Dreams
Despite having only one hand, Kevin Laue, 18, is looking to play some serious basketball in college.


TIMES PAST

1999: Clinton Impeached
How President Bill Clinton almost lost his job: Is this the way the Founding Fathers wanted impeachment to work?


DEPARTMENTS

NEWS & TRENDS
Roaches on the run, Google predicts the flu, from college to the circus, and more

DEBATE
Is it time to end affirmative action?

OPINION
Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman wants President Obama to swing for the fences

CARTOONS
Some lighter looks at what's in the news