‘Annie’ comic strip ending after 85 years
CHICAGO — Come this summer there will be no more tomorrows for ‘‘Annie.’’
After 85 years, Tribune Media Services announced Thursday that it will cease syndication of the comic strip featuring the iconic redheaded orphan on June 13. Instead, the company will bring Annie into the Internet age by pursuing new audiences for her in digital media and entertainment, like mobile readers and graphic novels.
‘‘I’m going to miss the girl a lot,’’ Jay Maeder, the strip’s writer, said Thursday. ‘‘I wrote her for 10 years. She was a fairly large part of my everyday life.’’
Couple selling ‘Dreams’ site for $5.4M
DES MOINES, Iowa — In ‘‘Field of Dreams,’’ Kevin Costner’s character builds a baseball diamond out of a corn field after a voice tells him: ‘‘If you build it, he will come.’’
Well, now he can buy it and so can anyone else.
Don and Becky Lansing, the owners of the site near Dyersville where the field was built by Universal Studios, said Thursday they’re selling the property. The asking price is $5.4 million.
The couple said they love the land, which has been in Don Lansing’s family for more than a century, but they’re ready to retire and give up the property.
‘‘It’s really time for us to head to the locker room. Maybe that sounds corny. I don’t care,’’ Becky Lansing told The Associated Press. ‘‘We really would just love to become spectators. We want to sit in the bleachers. We want to look forward to all that the ‘Field of Dreams’ will become in the future.’’
‘Deadliest Catch’ crewman convicted
EUGENE, Ore. — A crab boat deckhand who appeared on the ‘‘Deadliest Catch’’ reality show has pleaded guilty to three Oregon bank robbery charges and been sentenced to nine years in prison.
The shackled 23-year-old Joshua Tell Warner apologized to tellers who attended the hearing Wednesday in Lane County Circuit Court.
The Register-Guard reports Warner robbed a Eugene bank in October 2007 before he joined the crew of the Wizard and robbed two other banks last year after his stint in Alaska.
— From wire reports