Sri Lanka to hold elephant census
Sri Lanka is preparing for its first count of elephants in the island's forests to help protect the endangered species against the loss of its habitat. The head of the Wildlife Department, Chandrawansa Pathiraja, said the census will run over two days starting on the full moon of next month, which falls on Aug. 13. Elephants will be counted as they come to drink from water holes, reservoirs and tanks. Elephants are considered sacred animals in Sri Lanka. Costumed and decorated pachyderms are used in Buddhist ceremonies as they parade through streets carrying the sacred relics of the Buddha. Wildlife officials estimate Sri Lanka's elephant population at between 5,000 and 6,000.
Readers prepped for comics' return
DC Comics is prepping its readers and fans for its upcoming relaunch in late summer, offering a free guide, starting Wednesday, to its multiple relaunches of comic characters and series. It released an undated image showing the cover of the guide, DC Comics' The New 52. The guide will be given away at comic book shops and at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego, which starts next week, the publisher said.
Girl, 12, sentenced for cyberbullying
A 12-year-old Washington state girl who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking a classmate has been sentenced to six months' probation. The girl was sentenced Wednesday in King County Juvenile Court for cyberstalking and computer trespass. She apologized in court and said her 11-year-old target didn't deserve to be treated like that. KOMO-TV reported that the girls had been friends at Issaquah Middle School. But after a falling out, the older girl used the victim's Facebook account to post obscene messages and solicit sex. The victim's mother said the family is still coping with the repercussions.