January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

ENGAGED
Spinach-eating sailor man Popeye and ever-patient girlfriend Olive Oyl, after a 70-year courtship. The nuptials are scheduled for February, when Ocean Comics will release the comic book The Wedding of Popeye and Olive. It’s the first marriage for both.

SPLITS
Rocker Rod Stewart, 54, and his wife of eight years, model Rachel Hunter, 29. The couple has two children, Liam, 4, and Renee, 6.

RETIRING
Stop the presses! Nike pitchman and Space Jam star Michael Jordan, 35, was expected to announce his retirement Jan. 13, in Chicago. (Apparently, he plays some basketball, too.) At press time, Jordan had not announced any future plans.

ARRESTED
Athena Marie Rolando, 19, was charged with trespassing in the L.A. home of actor Brad Pitt, 35, Jan. 7. According to police, Rolando had entered through an open window and was found in the actor’s bedroom dressed in his clothes. Pitt, who wasn’t home at the time, has no comment.

LAWSUITS
L.A.-based clothing company 13th Floor filed a trademark-infringement suit against alt-rockers Third Eye Blind, Jan. 4, in L.A. According to court papers, the company claims a logo used by the band (a circle with flames on top and 3eb inside) is intentionally similar to 13th Floor’s logo (a circle with flames on top and 13 inside). The company is suing for unspecified damages and an injunction that would force the group to stop using the emblem. A spokesperson for the band declines to comment.

LOSERS
As part of a Dec. 31 ruling against the state of New York, a judge criticized Sean ”Puffy” Combs and Dwight ”Heavy D” Myers, saying they were partly responsible for a stampede at a 1991 concert at New York’s City College, organized by Combs and Myers, that killed 9 people and injured 29 others. The decision, released Jan. 10, ”is not binding in any way on Puffy,” said Combs’ attorney Kenneth Meiselas, who adds that his client was not a defendant in this suit. A publicist for Heavy D has no comment.

DEATHS
William Charles Skeen, 49, a stuntman on the set of CBS’ Walker, Texas Ranger, died during the course of filming, Jan. 12, in a state park outside of Dallas. According to police, Skeen apparently suffered cardiac arrest during a stunt involving a car jumping off a ramp. ”We are grief-stricken over our friend’s sudden and tragic death,” said Walker star Chuck Norris…. Producer William Allyn, 71, of complications from heart disease, Jan. 3, in L.A. Allyn was associate producer of the ’60s soap Peyton Place. His films included 1989’s Cousins…. Actor Philip Sterling, 76, of myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disease, Nov. 30, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Sterling appeared in Neil Simon’s 1986 play Broadway Bound and on TV’s L.A. Law and NYPD Blue.

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