In Anne ArundelSchool officials to leave after...


In Anne Arundel

School officials to leave after racial tensions

HARWOOD - Two top administrators are leaving Southern High School in Harwood after a year marked by racial tension and drug problems, school system officials announced yesterday.

Principal Cliff Prince, who has worked in county schools for 32 years, is to retire at the end of the month, and Assistant Principal Lee Watkins is being transferred to Severna Park High School.

Prince's decision to retire apparently was made abruptly after black students reported last month that racial slurs were frequently directed at them and that he had ignored their complaints. Prince declined to comment.

In Howard County

Authorities still working on Raras case, sources say

ELLICOTT CITY - Howard County police appear to be gathering more evidence in the killing of an Elkridge woman by a hit-man hired by her mother-in-law.

Two people have been convicted, and authorities are apparently looking at a third suspect. Sources said search warrants have been carried out and that the victim's father-in-law and a brother-in-law have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury.

Sara Raras was killed in November 1998. Her mother-in-law, Emilia D. Raras, 64, was convicted of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder. Ardale D. Tickles, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Ex-Columbia group head moving out of townhouse

COLUMBIA - A month after calling Columbia home and saying she would stay, former Columbia Association President Deborah O. McCarty has moved out of her rented townhouse in River Hill. An Annapolis moving company is carting her belongings to Atlanta.

McCarty could not be reached for comment.

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