Seattlepi.com celebrates 1 year of Web-only news

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — The online-only successor to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is celebrating its first birthday.

Seattlepi.com began on the Web on March 18, 2009, a day after the 146-year-old P-I published its last edition on newsprint. Its owner, New York-based Hearst Corp., had been losing money on the newspaper for years, and the Web-only version is designed to change that.

Seattlepi.com says it now receives an average of 40 million page views per month.

The Web site is holding a birthday party Thursday night with music, cheap beer and free cupcakes at a venue in Seattle's Belltown district. Proceeds from the $5 cover charge will go to 826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing center for kids.

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