The News

Sheriff Keith Merritt

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is seeking a third term as sheriff in the upcoming elections and kicked off his campaign for re-election on Nov. 17, 2015.

Merritt took office as sheriff on Jan. 1, 2009, but his career in law enforcement that began in 1979 when he started as a Reserve Deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Merritt also served as Constable for Pct. 1 in Orange County for fourteen years. He is certified as a Master Peace Officer with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

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.