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The Donald is upset with USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who wrote a column headlined “Trump is a clown who hurts Romney.” (At the end of the piece, Trump says that “Al is an angry man who likes making up stories — and using me to stay relevant. I haven’t spoken to him in years!”)

* Donald Trump cancels USA Today subscription (Politico)
* Neuharth: Trump is a clown who hurts Romney (USA Today)
* Read Trump’s tweets || Read USA Today’s tweets

* Ben Kobald’s tuck-in: “Limited quantity available – 2 bought” (Groupon) | His resume
* “There’s a real demand for a service like this,” says Groupon PR woman (Reuters)
* Earlier: Groupon cancels deal on Milwaukee Dahmer-ama tour (Daily Deal Media)

Louisiana lawmakers on Monday passed resolutions expressing “widespread shock and profound sorrow” that the Times-Picayune will no longer publish daily in the fall. They called for the paper’s owners to reconsider their decision, noting:

Many people who rely on the print edition of The Times-Picayune for daily news do not have access to the Internet and will be without a source for critical news and information four days a week.

* House, Senate resolutions call on Times-Picayune to remain a daily paper (nola.com)
* Read House Resolution No. 182

Hugo Lindgren (Photo: Neal Slavin)

A few of the things that New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren told Reddit visitors:

—-> “15-year-old Hugo Lindgren would be pretty astounded that he had grown up to be editor of the Times Magazine, though maybe a little bummed that I hadn’t turned out to be a rock star or a novelist. My parents were big readers of the Times, and of magazines generally, so it was something that was definitely part of our lives.”

—-> “I started at an architecture and design magazine called Metropolis. A really wonderful place to work as a young person, or even as an older person, but I really desperately wanted to work at a place with a broader readership, and I finally got a job at George Magazine, John Kennedy Jr’s political / pop magazine. Eventually I got here, and the appeal of the place for me is fairly straightforward: An incredible culture of talented journalists, a great tradition, a huge, serious audience, and, at the magazine in particular, a surprising amount of freedom to try new things.”

—-> “I don’t think print will vanish, it’s just a question of how it adapts. I remember Rolling Stone founder / editor Jann Wenner saying something at the ASME awards a few years ago about how print magazines are themselves a good technology, and though he was probably criticized as a Luddite for saying that, I think it’s true.”

—-> “For myself, I could never have survived as a freelancer, just the stress of it, and was more naturally suited to being on a staff. Being an editor is more stable, but being a writer is more exciting. It’s a question of how you can cope with ups and downs. One thing I will say — if you ever get offered a staff writing job with a regular pay check, take it. That’s the best of both worlds.”

—-> “I get the [New York] Times and [Wall Street] Journal in print at home, and try to read as much of those as I can before taking the kids to school. Read the FT and the NY Post at work, also WWD. And then I keep up with nytimes.com all day and Twitter and various blogs. I get dozens of magazines. Try to make it as far through the New Yorker and the Economist every week, though they do tend to stack up & then I have to fess up to my own ignorance and chuck out a big pile. And I read New York magazine, too.”

—-> “My favorite magazine is Mojo. And I read Sports Illustrated the moment it arrives, because I’ve done that ever since I was 8. Then the obvious others — NYer, Economist, New York, Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, New Republic.”

—-> Regarding Warren Buffett’s recent newspaper purchase: “Well, I certainly don’t think it’s a bad thing. I guess what he sees is an over-reaction in the marketplace, as if we’re all flying into the digital future and leaving behind the world as we knew it. Which we kinda are. But not completely.”

* I’m Hugo Lindren, editor of New York Times Magazine (reddit.com)

“The only thing ‘Mary Worth’ gets right today is the columnist’s unfortunate wardrobe: A tan-checked sports jacket with white shirt and pants.”

* A newsroom that no longer exists — in today’s “Mary Worth” (examiner.com)
* Pressroom nostalgia and the decline of print (j-source.ca)

The Allentown, Pa.-based Morning Call reported last year that Amazon.com warehouse employees in Lehigh Valley were forced to work in brutal heat and “pushed to work at a pace many could not sustain.”

The paper’s investigation resulted in the online retailer recently installing 40 roof-top air conditioners at the warehouse. One employee told reporter Spencer Soper: “I didn’t even break a sweat today. It was really nice. I noticed the difference as soon as I walked in the door.”

* Amazon working conditions improve with new air conditioning (mcall.com)
* Inside Amazon’s warehouse: A Morning Call investigation (mcall.com)
* Paper’s original Amazon article is a finalist for a Loeb Award (NYT)
* Earlier: Will Morning Call win a Pulitzer for its probe? (It didn’t happen.) (JimRomenesko.com)

-- from the front page of today's Times-Picayune

The Times-Picayune isn’t likely to change its plan to cut publication days, even with the strong show of support from locals, says the paper’s new publisher.

Ricky Matthews, who steps into the job later this year, says:

If all we do is cut just so that we can remain seven days a week, and we don’t recalibrate our cost structure so that we can have a company that can grow and sustain over the long haul, then a year or two down the road as revenues for us decline we will not have positioned this company in a sustainable way. And literally, the future of The Times-Picayune would be threatened.

What publisher Matthews said in January: “From a revenue point of view, I don’t see print soon being overcome by digital. …Print will continue to be a big player, as will digital.”

* Rally in support of Times-Picayune draws hundreds (nola.com) || Video from the rally
* Save the Times-Picayune movement takes off (WWLTV.com)
* One skirmish illustrated the tension among the ranks (BestofNewOrleans.com)

(Credit: R.J. Matson)

* Editorial: “Yo, New York. Get over it. Asterisks are a part of baseball.” (Post-Dispatch)
* Santana gets an asterisk from the Post-Dispatch (NY Daily News)
* New Yorkers bristle at Post-Dispatch asterisk (Post-Dispatch)
* One little asterisk, so much attention (Post-Dispatch)
* Earlier: Summer intern covers Santana’s no-hitter for NYT (JimRomenesko.com)/a>

* Podcasts on the way out? No way! says Slate. (NiemanLab.org)
* Where are the women in Chicago sports media? (Chicago Inside Sports)
* Detroit TV station scares parents with debunked vodka tampon story. (DeadlineDetroit.com)
* Louisville Courier-Journal loses two sports columnists to TV station. (Courier-Journal.com)
* Former Washington Times executive editor John Solomon to consult for the paper. (WashingtonPost.com)

The publisher of the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era on Monday strongly defended his paper’s decision to reject a gay couple’s engagement announcement, saying that it wasn’t “consistent with prevailing community standards.”

By the end of the day, Harold E. Miller changed his mind and told readers:

Lancaster Newspapers’ mission is to provide a means to communicate news and information directly to all residents of Lancaster County. We recognize that while our readers have many different interests and values, every reader looks to us to weave news and information of Lancaster County’s people into a daily chronicle of our community.

Engagement, marriage and anniversary announcements are meaningful expressions of love and caring and deserve to be published. We have reconsidered our previous position on this issue and we will publish all such announcements within our Celebrations pages in the Sunday News. We are publishing these announcements without passing judgment, in an effort to fully serve our community and all of our readers.

We appreciate the many comments we received on this issue. Interacting with our readers has been and will continue to be very important to us.

Miller tells his newspaper that his decision wasn’t based on threats to cancel subscriptions or advertising.

“The economic issues weren’t a factor here. It was: What content was right for our newspapers to publish. The revision was because we had such good dialogue with people in the past 24 hours.” (There are more than 180 comments on Monday’s story about the couple’s announcement being rejected, and dozens more on the paper’s Facebook page.)

Miller called the men who tried to place the notice to tell them about the policy change and to apologize. “We’re going to take this as a victory that Lancaster Newspapers decided to make the smart and correct decision,” says Jeffrey Clouser. (He writes on his Facebook wall: “The outcry of support is overwhelming. Who says god doesn’t believe in our love now?”)

* Lancaster Newspapers reverses engagement announcement policy (LancasterOnline.com)
* Earlier: Newspaper rejects same-sex engagement announcement (JimRomenesko.com)

Jeff Zucker

The New York Post reports former NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Zucker — currently executive producer of Katie Couric’s “Katie” talk show — is a leading candidate to run Tribune Co. “It is not known whether the 47-year-old is interested in the gig,” writes Claire Atkinson, who notes that Zucker was also considered a potential Yahoo CEO. The Post reporter says Dick Clark Productions CEO Mark Shapiro is also a candidate for the Tribune job.

* Tribune search for CEO: Zucker a top candidate (New York Post)