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The Blade is Back!

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WaPo is reporting that the District’s gay weekly will resume publishing under its original name, the Washington Blade, at the end of this week, after the acquisition of the Blade’s assets in bankruptcy court in Atlanta.

In late February, staffers bought the newspaper’s name, copyright, trademark, archives, computers and office furniture for $15,000. Twenty-five thousand copies of the first edition of a redesigned Blade will hit newsstands Friday.

Some facts: The 40-year-old newspaper — founded as a one-sheet newsletter in October 1969 just months after the Stonewall riots incited the gay rights movement — has published weekly editions under the name D.C. Agenda since Nov. 20, four days after parent company Window Media declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations. Working with half the staff of the Blade (which last year had 24 full-timers) and a posse of freelancers, D.C. Agenda also relied on the free services of lawyers, accountants, advertisers and readers from around the world, said editor Kevin Naff.

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