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Washington Blade Wont Be Forgotten

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The people behind the new gay newspaper DC Agenda have acquired the assets of the now-defunct Washington Blade for $15,000, including trademark rights, name usage, and a 40-year archive.

"We are relieved that the Blade's long history of quality, award-winning journalism will be preserved and accessible to the public," Lynne Brown, an official of Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia and publisher of DC Agenda, said in a press release.

Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia owns the DC Agenda and is run by Brown, Kevin Naff, the Blade's former publisher, and Brian Pitts, the Blade's former senior sales executive. As far as DC Agenda retaking the Washington Blade name, Naff says, "We haven't decided yet."

After the Blade ceased publication in November 2009 over financial issues related to its owner, Window Media, the three executives launched DC Agenda, which began publishing that same month on a weekly basis. Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia purchased the Blade's assets from a bankruptcy court representing Window Media's properties.

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