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I didn’t realize that “Annie” was still in the Newspapers…

…but now it looks like Little Orphan Annie is gone after 85 years.
Here’s a piece of Phil Rosenthal’s article in the Trib (btw… not OUR Phil Rosenthal, the artist.):
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‘Annie’ left a homeless orphan in newspaper world

Through more than 85 years of hardships and challenges — spanning the Great Depression, a world war, foreign cabals, corruption at home, several kidnappings and, well, being an orphan — she somehow always found a way to triumph.

In the changing media landscape, however, Little Orphan Annie has run into adversity not even she could overcome. The sun will come out tomorrow, but the tomorrow after June 13 will be the first in generations to dawn without “Annie” appearing in a daily newspaper.

The final Sunday panel of the strip, once seen in hundreds of papers but now run by fewer than 20, will end with Daddy Warbucks uncertain over what happened to Annie in her latest run-in with the Butcher of the Balkans. And, leaping lizards, what about her dog, Sandy? Arf.
She “will definitely have a life beyond this newspaper incarnation. …The daily newspaper strip will go away. Now, that doesn’t mean that Annie won’t come back.”
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Cartoon(s) of the Week – The Spill Situation

Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press;
So much for the Louisiana fishing industry…

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J. D. Crowe in the Mobile Press-Register

…and someone, somewhere assumes that this mess can be handled.

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I’ve saved the best for last…John Sherffius in the Boulder Daily Camera:

…and did I hear that the Kennedy Compound residents were trying to keep windmills away from the Cape? When you compare them to the oil mess, they are sculptural and beautiful!

Cartoon(s) of the Week… we’ve got 2 original thinkers here.

John Sherffius, Boulder Daily Camera:

Progress and History… Republicans always carry it too far…

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Walt Handelsman in Newsday:

Because fast food has made us great!

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Thanksgiving and Politics

Couldn’t make up my mind on these… so I’ll let you do it.

Tom Toles in the Washington Post:

So we know what THEY give thanks for…

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Naaah.. those Republicans aren’t going to pass ANYTHING!

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David Horsey in the Seattle Post Intelligencer:

…and this is where we leave American Capitalism…

What has happened to the Hartford Courant?

My daughter Cassandra sent me an e-mail this morning forwarding me to an excellent blog called (which I have added to my News Blogroll). It is written by George Gombossy, who spent 14 years as the Courant’s Bysiness Editor and was the first investigative consumer columnist in the Courant’s history. He was fired on August 14 for refusing to “be nice” (ie: tell lies about) major advertisers.

As a born and raised Connecticut guy (who left the state seven years ago but who still maintains strong family and friend connections there) I was shocked to read the articles at the site relating to thr demise of America’s oldest continuously published newspaper.

If you are interested in good journalism in general, or in Connecticut journalism in particular, this is a blog you should check in on.