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'Onion' lovers say adieu as paper ends D.C. distribution

Thursday - 3/22/2012, 5:53pm  ET

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WASHINGTON - It's a sad day for D.C. lovers of news satire -- after five years of publishing in D.C., The Onion will no longer be distributed locally.

The fake news outlet, famous for headlines such as, "Drugs Win Drug War," and "Fun Toy Banned Because of Three Stupid Dead Kids," and, "Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian," announced it will cease distribution of print editions in D.C. and Phildelphia, Buzzfeed reports.

A spokeswoman for The Onion tells Buzzfeed the change was needed to maintain sustainabilty.

On Thursday, the Atlantic Wire reported the move comes at a difficult time for the company, saying many of the paper's comedy writers plan to quit rather than relocate to Chicago, as the company plans to do in July. The latest change is a further effort to reduce costs.

The Onion began D.C. distribution in April of 2007. While the print version will no longer be available, news-parody lovers can still access the storied site online.

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