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Web sites lead pack in DiMaggio coverage

Internet sites jump into full gearto report the death of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.

Internet sites jumped into full gear today to report the death of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.

CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, among others, all carried news of DiMaggio's death.

It represented another example of the Web becoming a bona-fide medium as a source of breaking news. DiMaggio died at his home in Hollywood, Florida, shortly after midnight, the reports said.

"So Long Joe," said a headline on the front page of ABC News' Web site. It also offered a bulletin board for fans to post memories of the Yankee Clipper.

CNN offered a number of articles, including a column by a CNN/Sports Illustrated writer.

Chat rooms and bulletin boards began filling up with messages. "I am in no way a fan of New York, but in every way a fan of Joe. He was a cornerstone of the game of baseball," one message read.

The New York Yankees Web site also carried news of DiMaggio's death on the front page.