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Regional Recap, October 21, 2011

Ellicott City Teen Charged In ‘Jihad Jane’ Terror Plot. A Maryland woman has been indicted on federal terrorism charges that accuse him of helping the American terror suspect dubbed “Jihad Jane” with her plot to kill a Swedish artist. Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a legal immigrant from Pakistan who turned 18 this month, allegedly helped recruit women with passports to further the plot of Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania and others. The indictment released Thursday also names Ali Charaf Damache, 46, an Algerian who lived in Ireland and married another suspect in the case, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado. Paulin-Ramirez pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists, the same charge now facing Khalid. Khalid had been the rare juvenile in federal custody since his July 6 arrest at his family’s Ellicott City home.

Howard County Giving Up Soda. Health officials in Howard County want you to give up soda for at least a month — for fun.WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Rob Roblin said health officials are promoting the “Soda-Free 30” pledge as “a fun, first step for people to live a healthier lifestyle.” The campaign encourages all county residents to go without soda for the next month. Health officials hope to raise awareness of obesity and related chronic diseases and health problems affecting children and adults.

Maryland Seeks School Superintendent Suggestions Online. Maryland education leaders have turned to the Internet to find a new state school superintendent.Almost three months ago, Nancy Grasmick announced her retirement as state superintendent, closing a tenure as the longest-serving state school superintendent in Maryland and the nation. Former Queen Anne’s County superintendent Bernard Sadusky is serving as interim superintendent until a national search for Grasmick’s replacement is completed.

Maryland In Running For $50M Of Federal Funds. Maryland education leaders hope to cash in on some $50 million to help improve early childhood education.Maryland is among more than 30 states applying for funding from the U.S. Department of Education, and it comes down to who can make the best pitch.Maryland already has a track record as one of only a handful of states to bring home $250 million in Race to the Top funds. For years, Maryland has connected middle and high school student success to early childhood education, in which students learn the basics even before they start school.

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