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A guest interacts with Smaug at the Houston Zoo.

Smaug, the Houston Zoo’s 17-year-old Komodo dragon, was humanely euthanized on Nov. 17, 2015 after significant lumbar spinal cord compression was found. The zoo’s herpetology and veterinary team made the decision after an MRI and CT scan showed that his condition was severe and his quality of life was beginning to suffer as he was unable to walk.

The sheriff's office found 81-year-old Ruben “Dan” Clubb from the air.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was called out Monday to help find 81-year-old Ruben “Dan” Clubb.  Clubb walked away from his home on Highway 365 into the woods by his residence on Nov. 16, 2015.

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Lamar University students, faculty and staff will celebrate a world of diversity in the LU International Cultural Festival: A Global Experience from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the Montagne Center.

Hosted by the Office of International Student Services and International Student Council in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Lamar’s Small Business and Development Center, the event focuses on celebrating the diversity and cultures of International Students at Lamar.

Giant panda Xiao Liwu (Photo by Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo)

Giant panda Xiao Liwu explores his snow covered habitat during Panda Snow Day on Nov. 14, 2015, at the San Diego Zoo. The snow was part of an important enrichment surprise for the pandas. Enrichment is significant, as it keeps the animals stimulated and active, allowing them to show their natural behaviors.

Joseph Lewis (inset) and New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

When Joseph Lewis showed up at the New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where he had been a trustee for nearly a decade to find the locks changed and police waiting to escort him from the premises, he knew he was in for a battle.