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Straight Angle; Ownership of New Gay Newspaper Draws Fire
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Kurtz, Howard
Date: Oct 6, 1997
Start Page: D.01
Section: STYLE

When the Washington Blade announced plans to launch a gay newspaper in New York, it sounded like welcome news for the nation's largest gay community.

But some New Yorkers have greeted the venture with a Bronx cheer. There is grumbling that the Blade is teaming up with News Communications, a Manhattan-based firm whose chief executive, Wilbur Ross, oversees the Hill, the Capitol Hill paper, and nearly two dozen weeklies in the New York area.

"I'm concerned the Blade is in bed, so to speak, with someone whose work is really questionable," said Larry Kramer, the playwright and gay activist. "I don't understand what the Blade is doing. They want a timid piece of toilet paper that people can wrap their old fish in. I don't think the gay community will have an interest in it at all."

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