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The Silver Spring, Md., parent company of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, hopes to make a big splash when it releases its first comic book, Top 10 Deadliest Sharks. The book, dubbed a nonfiction graphic novel, will be released Wednesday and is published by Philadelphia’s Zenescope Entertainment under the Silver Dragon Books imprint.

Like its namesake television counterpart, the Shark comic book takes a serious but accessible look at some of the species’ deadliest and dangerous members. Using Andy Dehart, the network’s resident shark researcher — and public face of the annual TV event — the graphic novel boasts 10 stories based on real events and spotlights a particular shark.

VIRGINIA

Somali gets 30 years for Navy ship attack

NORFOLK — A Somali man who admitted his role in an attack on a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of Africa was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison under an agreement that could return him to court to testify against five countrymen accused in the attack.

Jama Idle Ibrahim was sentenced in U.S. District Court on three charges: an attack to plunder a vessel, an act of violence against persons on a vessel, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

He entered a guilty plea to the charges in August for his role in the April 10 attack on the USS Ashland, a Virginia-based amphibious dock landing ship.

Five other defendants face trial in that case, and Ibrahim agreed to cooperate with the government in their prosecution, according to terms of the plea agreement.

Ibrahim also faces sentencing in Washington, D.C., on two charges related to the November 2008 attack on a Danish ship. Its crew was held hostage for 71 days.

WISCONSIN

23 students let go after taken hostage

MARINETTE — A student armed with a handgun burst into a high school classroom in eastern Wisconsin on Monday, taking nearly two dozen students and a teacher hostage at the end of the school day, authorities said. All of the hostages were released several hours later by mid-evening.

A Marinette High School administrator called authorities after 3 p.m. to say a student had taken over a classroom, officials said. Police Chief Jeff Skorik said officials had been able to communicate by phone with the teacher inside and no injuries had been reported or shots fired.

Chief Skorik said he did not know what led up to all hostages being released, but that the teacher was acting as a mediator between the hostage-taker and authorities.

A SWAT team had arrived at the school Monday evening, city councilman Bradley Behrendt said from the scene about 50 miles north of Green Bay.

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