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- National: Aide who criticized Sasha, Malia resigns; AIDS activists want stigma addressed
- Smith named city auditor
- Entertainment: Tavis Smiley writes about Dr. King’s final year
- Center Fold: After Ferguson; Houstonians call for honesty, unity; Building trust between communities, police; Leaders tell what must be done
- Smoking hits all-time low
- Fly through the holidays with ease
- Pro & College Sports: Alcorn State QB Gibbs celebrates homecoming
- High School Sports: Dickinson o-line stands tall
- UHD hosts UN think tank
- Top Events: Harris County Department of Education welcomes new superintendent; Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation hosts children’s event; The Ladies of the Lake Foundation hosts Pink Ice Ball
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