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APPLICATIONS: The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program will return for a fifth year. Hosted by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley and supported by a number of sponsors, the program provides college students paid internship experiences, professional development and exposure to the area’s merits.

Students applying to the program must reside in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler or Wetzel counties in West Virginia or Belmont or Jefferson counties in Ohio, but can attend a college or university outside of those areas.

Students are selected through an application process and then matched with a host site that reflects their academic or career interests.

Host organizations also submit an application and are chosen in an effort to provide the most beneficial experience. Salaries are funded through CFOV, so there is no cost for an organization to host an intern. Businesses and organizations of all types are encouraged to apply, as each class of fellows represents a variety of fields.

The application period for both students and host sites is now open. Information about the program, and access to the application links can be found by visiting www.cfov.org and clicking on the projects tab.

JOINS CEDAR ONE: Lil Ferguson has joined the Cedar One Realty team.

She brings with her extensive experience in the real estate business. A native of Steubenville, Ferguson worked in the Steubenville area after getting her real estate license and spent 12 years in the Cleveland area as a licensed agent before returning to Steubenville. She has received numerous honors, including top producer awards from Better Homes and Gardens, and has been Ohio Realtor Associate of the Year and Ohio Realtor of the Year. She has served as president of the Steubenville Area Board of Realtors, as committee chairman or member of numerous board committees and has been involved in state and local levels of community and professional committee projects.

Cedar One officials said they were excited to be able to add her knowledge and experience to the company.

She can be reached at (740) 264-2232.

Versace sued: A former employee at a Versace outlet store in the San Francisco Bay Area is suing the global retailer for discriminating against him and customers, according to a lawsuit filed in Alameda County court.

The East Bay Times reports that 23-year-old Christopher Sampino alleges that store employees used a code to notify each other when black customers walked into the Livermore store.

He claims a manager told him to casually say “D410” when a black person entered the store. D410 is a code used in the store for black clothing.

Sampino claims he was fired in October for being biracial after working in the store for two weeks.

The lawsuit also alleges that Sampino was told he was fired because he did not “know luxury” and “had not lived the luxury life.”

The company has filed a request to move the case from state court to a federal court.

Versace denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper.

suicide boss: The president of top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime.

President Tadashi Ishii said at a Tokyo news conference he will tender his resignation at a board meeting in January although he will stay through March as a courtesy to shareholders.

Earlier Wednesday, government authorities filed papers demanding prosecutorial charges against the unidentified Dentsu employee suspected of driving Matsuri Takahashi to suicide from overwork.

Takahashi jumped from her company dorm balcony in December 2015, after clocking 100 hours of overtime a month.

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