Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Addresses United Nations(AP)

• Marking a departure from previous years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the United Nations yesterday, while not without its crude statements, was almost universally viewed as more measured and less inflammatory in tone. Not mentioned: Iran’s nuclear program. [CNN]

• While Ahmadinejad was speaking, the Syrian uprising had its bloodiest day yet with death tolls topping 300. [Times of Israel]

• How the purchase of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets franchise allowed developer Bruce Ratner to build Atlantic Yards, the largest project in the history of the Brooklyn. [NYT]

• Israeli-born Gene Simmons, lead singer of the rock band KISS, speaks some Hebrew in a video message to Israeli high school students. [JTA]

• Michael Chabon and Emma Straub are a few of the lead features in the New York Times Magazine “Inspiration” issue. [NYTM]