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After being bouyed by a trip to the home offices of Universal Uclick in Kansas City, where I was told that newspapers’ revenue decline is showing signs of bottoming out and that Web income is blossoming, and a trip to Knoxville, where I was delighted by the old-fashioned pride and enthusiasm at “The News Sentinel,” I returned home to learn I now live in a state where only one major city, the capital city of Montgomery, will have a daily newspaper. The daily newspapers in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville, all part of the Newhouse chain Advance Publications, will go to publishing three times a week. Another Newhouse property, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, also will go to three days a week, making New Orleans the largest city in the United States without a daily newspaper.