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Final P-I edition to be published Tuesday

Mon., March 16, 2009, 12:39 p.m.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will publish a thick commemorative issue tracing the history of Seattle’s oldest newspaper with its print edition Tuesday.

The last edition of the P-I will roll off the printing presses Monday night.

It will be delivered wrapped with 20 to 24 pages of photos and stories on the P-I’s 146-year-old history.

Subscribers to Seattle Post-Intelligencer will automatically receive The Seattle Times after the P-I publishes its final print edition Tuesday.

The Times reports on its Web site that P-I subscribers will get The Times without interruption in service, though delivery days and expiration dates will remain the same.

The Times and its smaller rival the P-I have had a joint operating agreement since 1983 in which The Times has handled circulation, printing, advertising and distribution for both papers.

The P-I announced Monday it would become an Internet-only news outlet, making it the largest American newspaper to shift entirely to the Web.

P-I managing editor David McCumber said Monday the Web-only operation will stay in its current headquarters on the Seattle waterfront with the signature globe spinning overhead.

Questions about the P-I’s fate spurred speculation over what would happen to the landmark globe, which measures 30 feet in diameter and weighs 18.5 tons.

Since 1948, the globe has broadcast its rotating motto, “It’s in the P-I,” against the Seattle skyline.

P-I publisher Roger Oglesby said the P-I still has a couple years left on its building lease.

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