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Albemarle DSS Director Retires

The long-term director of the Department of Social Services in Albemarle County is retiring. Kathy Ralston has spent 39 years at the ACDSS, including 18 years as the director.

Augusta Sheriff's Office Searching for Missing Teen

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to find a missing teenager. Fifteen-year-old Gus Mello was last seen around 11 a.m. Monday by his mother.

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City Statue Cleaned Up

City workers have finished removing the graffiti on the statue of Robert E. lee in Charlottesville’s Lee Park after it was discovered Monday that someone had spray-painted the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ on it.

Charlottesville Parks and  Recreation workers removed the graffiti, although it is still faintly visible.

The statue is among other Civil War statues in Virginia that have become targets after a growing movement to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces in the South.

Augusta Teen Missing

The Augusta County Sheriffs Office is looking for a missing teenager.

Fifteen-year-old Gus Mello was last seen doing yard work around 11:00 a.m. Monday in the yard of his mother’s house on Stayman Lane.

Police say Mello does not have access to a car or a cell phone.

Mello is a white male, 5-feet six-inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes, weighing about 140 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a brown t-shirt, gray shorts and sneakers.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at 540-245-5333.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA SPORTS

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'Hoos Add Colorado O-Lineman to Recruiting Class

Colorado offensive lineman Dillon Reinkensmeyer is the latest high school senior to commit to the Virginia football team's recruiting class for 2016.

Anderson Excited About Joining Mavericks

Justin Anderson is excited about joining his new team, the Dallas Mavericks, because of all the UVa connections in Dallas.

Brogdon Invited to Team USA Training Camp

Rising Virginia senior Malcolm Brogdon is among 22 basketball players who will compete for a spot on the United States roster for next month's Pan American Games in Toronto.

Gators' Larson Joins Tom Sox

Earlier this month, Ryan Larson was playing against the Virginia baseball team at the College World Series in Omaha. Now the Florida outfielder is in Charlottesville, the hometown of the team that eliminated the Gators en route to the national title.

NATIONAL NEWS

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Russia fails to reach deal on future gas supplies to Ukraine amid price differences

Talks on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine have failed to reach an agreement on future supplies.

At least 1,200 inmates escape as Yemen fighting intensifies near prison

A Yemeni security official says some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in a southwestern city after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents.

Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists, including Tunisian ex-president

Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

French telecom giant Orange prepares possible split with Israeli partner

French telecommunications group Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli partner that could lead the way to their split, amid controversy and growing calls for companies to boycott Israel.

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