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The oldest paper in New Orleans has fired its entire staff

One of the nation’s last local newspaper wars is officially over.

Owners of the New Orleans Advocate announced May 2, 2019 that they had bought The Times-Picayuneending a six-year battle for media turf in a cultural capital grappling with inequality and the long-term fallout from Hurricane Katrina.

In the end, the upstart Advocate, a Baton Rouge-based organization that launched its New Orleans edition in late 2012, overtook the 182-year-old Times-Picayune, which wilted in recent years under wayward ownership of the national chain Advance Publications. The purchase announced Thursday promised to create a unified daily newspaper and website — publishing under both organizations’ flags — held in local hands.

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