AN UNCEREMONIOUS END FOR AN UNSCRUPULOUS SITE

 In this case, the G in the Gawker logo stands for "gone."

In this case, the G in the Gawker logo stands for "gone."

Gawker.com, the media gossip site, will officially go dark next week after 14 years in operation - unable to withstand a $140 million judgment following an invasion of privacy lawsuit by former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Although some First Amendment defenders felt Gawker's demise sent a chilling signal about press freedom, many critics cheered.  "(It's) a satisfying comeuppance for a blog that not only didn't pull punches but sometimes aimed below the belt," writes USA Today.

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