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New Orleans' Times-Picayune Prints Last Daily Edition

Prototypes of the future three-day-a-week New Orleans Times-Picayune are seen taped to a door in a workroom in their news off
Prototypes of the future three-day-a-week New Orleans Times-Picayune are seen taped to a door in a workroom in their news offices in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. As The Times-Picayune in New Orleans scales back its print edition to three days a week, the Baton Rouge newspaper is starting its own daily edition to try to fill the void. The move by The Advocate sets up an old-fashioned newspaper competition, even as more and more people get their news online and from cellphones.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Times-Picayune published its last daily edition on Sunday, making New Orleans the biggest city in America without a daily newspaper.

The newspaper announced deep cuts, including a shift to publication just three days a week, in May. Residents and public figures protested the decision, to no avail.

The new publication schedule will start on Wednesday, October 6. On Sunday, the Times-Picayune marked the end of an era with a special note to readers and a farewell to publisher Ashton Phelps.

The newspaper wrote that it would publish Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, but told readers to expect the same coverage and advocacy it delivered before the cuts. "Our rhythms will change but our mission will not... we are committed to the journalism that has been our hallmark — deeply reported, well written and presented, intensely local, indispensible to understanding your community," the paper wrote.

Former and current Times-Picayune staffers gathered to commemorate the newspaper on Saturday. The website also published these photos of the last daily press run.

As the Times-Picayune scales back, another local newspaper is trying to seize a potential opportunity. The Advocate of Baton Rouge, located 70 miles from New Orleans, launched a new daily edition on Monday, in hopes of capturing some of the market freed up by the Times-Picayune.

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