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CAMPUS — Over 500 African-American middle and high students, parents and community members visited UCSD on Saturday for “Dare to Dream College: The African-American Experience.” The college-preparedness program is hosted by the California Student Opportunity and Access Program and included more than a dozen workshops covering the UC application process, SAT preparations, financial aid. The conference began with a meeting with Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Penny Rue.

CAMPUS — UCSD’s International Center is sponsoring the Thanksgiving Exchange Program for the second year in a row. The program allows international students to celebrate Thanksgiving with host families around the San Diego region. This year, 24 families will host 73 students participating in the program. The International Center received positive feedback about the program, from both the host families and students. This contributed to its decision to sponsor the program again.

SAN DIEGO — The Medical Board of California ordered a San Diego doctor to surrender his medical license. Dr. Jerry N. Rand, who worked for Bay Recovery Center, was investigated for allegedly overprescribing drugs to both himself and his patients. The company operates three residential treatment homes in the Bay Park neighborhood. On June 26, state and federal officials received a complaint regarding the death of a patient and followed up by raiding Bay Recovery’s facilities and Rand’s home. In July, Bay Recovery’s license was temporarily suspended. A three-day hearing is scheduled for Nov 19 to decide on the suspension of the license.

SAN DIEGO — On Thursday, Nov. 8, rain caused delays in the morning commute. Traffic congestion started before 5 a.m., when a truck bent on the northbound Interstate 805 at Plaza Boulevard in National City. The wreckage closed the onramp to I-805, causing a two-hour delay. The driver was not injured and told a news reporter the crash was weather- related. Around an hour and a half later, an SUV flipped over near the on-ramp to westbound I-8. Firefighters pulled a pregnant woman from the SUV, while other emergency teams rescued an injured second passenger. It is unknown if the crash is weather related.

CALIFORNIA — An 18-year-old woman was raped on the back of a metro bus driving through Culver City the night of Thursday, Nov. 8. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the attack occured at the back of the near-empty bus and it went unnoticed by the driver for 10 minutes. An unknown witness attempted to get the driver’s attention. The suspect got off the bus before the driver could be informed. Authorities described the victim as having the mental capability of a 10-year-old. Detectives arrested the suspect, Kerry Trotter, on Nov. 9 shortly after releasing a photo of the suspect. 

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