Some Life Still Left in Shuttered ‘Washington Blade’?

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The staff of the now-shuttered Washington Blade plans to publish a revived edition this week, investigating who killed the gay weekly newspaper.

At a coffee shop Tuesday, editor Kevin Naff handed out volunteer assignments for the Friday edition.

The paper was abruptly closed Monday by Atlanta-based Window Media, along with other gay publications in Atlanta and Miami. The Blade had just celebrated its 40th anniversary and was the oldest U.S. newspaper for gays and lesbians.

The newspaper staff will try to find out why two offers by prospective publishers to buy the Blade were not accepted earlier this year.

Window Media’s majority stockholder, New York City-based Avalon Equity Partners, was taken over by the U.S. Small Business Administration last year.

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