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'Annie' comic strip ending after 85 years

This image provided Thursday, May 13, 2010, by Tribune Media Services Inc., shows the Sunday, May 9, 2010 edition of the 'Annie' comic strip. Tribune Media Services announced Thursday that it will cease syndication of the strip 'Annie' on June 13. Instead, the company said in a news release that it is taking Annie into the Internet age by pursuing new audiences for her in digital media. This image provided Thursday, May 13, 2010, by Tribune Media Services Inc., shows the Sunday, May 9, 2010 edition of the "Annie" comic strip. Tribune Media Services announced Thursday that it will cease syndication of the strip "Annie" on June 13. Instead, the company said in a news release that it is taking Annie into the Internet age by pursuing new audiences for her in digital media. (AP Photo/Tribune Media Services Inc.)
May 13, 2010

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CHICAGO—The iconic redheaded orphan Annie is ending her time on newspaper comics pages after 85 years.

Tribune Media Services announced Thursday that it will cease syndication of the "Annie" strip on June 13.

The company said in a news release it is taking Annie into the Internet age by pursuing new audiences for her in digital media.

The comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" made its newspaper debut on August 5, 1924, first written and illustrated by creator Harold Gray. The strip later was renamed simply "Annie." The spunky orphan was adopted by Daddy Warbucks and later joined by her lovable dog Sandy.

Annie is known for wearing a red dress with white collar and cuffs. Over decades she has become the center of a radio program, Broadway musical and movies.

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On the Net: Tribune Media Services: http://www.tribunemediaservices.com/

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

CHICAGO (AP) -- The iconic redheaded orphan Annie is ending her time on newspaper comics pages after 85 years.

Tribune Media Services announced Thursday that it will cease syndication of the "Annie" strip on June 13.

The company said in a news release it is taking Annie into the Internet age by pursuing new audiences for her in digital media.

The comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" made its newspaper debut on August 5, 1924, first written and illustrated by creator Harold Gray. The strip later was renamed simply "Annie." The spunky orphan was adopted by Daddy Warbucks and later joined by her lovable dog Sandy.

Annie is known for wearing a red dress with white collar and cuffs. Over decades she has become the center of a radio program, Broadway musical and movies.

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On the Net: Tribune Media Services: http://www.tribunemediaservices.com/