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POSTED May 15, 2012 6:51 p.m.

Oikos University nursing program downgraded

OAKLAND  (AP) — The nursing program at the California Christian college where a gunman killed seven people has been placed on a form of probation.

The state Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians voted on Friday to shift approval of the program at Oikos University to provisional status.

That means the Oakland school must show progress towards raising its passing rates on nursing exams and fix other problems or risk losing state approval of its nursing program.

Schools should earn passing rates within 10 points of the state average, which was 75 percent last year. Oikos' rate was 41 percent in 2011 and 58 percent in 2010.

The nursing program's director, Ellen Cervellon, says the school is improving and will regain full approval.

A gunman shot and killed six nursing students and a secretary at the school on April 2.

Stun gun used on motorist in carjacking

EAST PALO ALTO (AP) — Auto thieves used a stun gun to subdue a motorist during a Northern California carjacking.

Three men, one of them armed with a handgun and another with a stun gun, confronted the driver of a 2004 Jaguar on Monday evening in East Palo Alto.

Investigators say the victim was shocked with the stun gun before the suspects drove away in the silver Jaguar.

The victim, whose name hasn't been released, didn't need medical attention.

SF supes take up Harvey Milk Navy ship issue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The effort to get a Navy ship named after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk is stirring up debate in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/JFDzYz) that a Board of Supervisors committee approved a resolution on Monday urging support for a USS Harvey Milk ship. Milk served in the Navy before becoming a supervisor in San Francisco.

Supporters say it would be a fitting way to honor President Barack Obama's repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law that barred gay men and le

sbians from serving openly in the military.

But the effort does have critics in San Francisco. Supervisor Christina Olague says Milk was opposed to war, so naming a naval ship after him would not be appropriate. She voted against Monday's resolution and instead supports a national holiday for Milk.

Los Gatos. doctor accused of selling prescriptions

LOS GATOS. (AP) — A Northern California doctor was charged with selling prescriptions for a powerful painkiller that some patients then sold on the street, prosecutors said.

Dr. Jasna Mrdjen, 69, of Los Gatos was arraigned Monday on 12 counts of conspiracy to sell controlled substances, including allegations of prescribing outside the usual course of treatment and prescribing to known addicts,. She did not enter a plea.

Mrdjen is accused of selling prescriptions for oxycodone to drug addicts, even after their families pleaded with her to stop.

Mrdjen was arrested last week after a months-long investigation by police, the state Department of Justice, federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Medical Board of California.

During the probe, Mrdjen prescribed large amounts of drugs to undercover officers without first examining them or checking their medical records, prosecutors said.

 

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