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Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne, physicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in Livingston Parish were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics last week for "decisive contributions" in detecting gravitational waves. The physicists captured the sound of two black holes colliding in deep space, demonstrating Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.

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Robert Johnson retired as President and General Manager of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center last month, after a 10-year span helping rebuild the Convention Center following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods. Johnson served as General Manager of the Superdome in the 1980s and 1990s, and previously was General Manager of the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena.

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Rodney Hyatt and Derrell Williams, two of the Louisiana State Police (LSP) troopers who billed for overtime pay on a business trip last year during which they detoured to Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam, were demoted last week and took a cut in pay ordered by LSP Superintendent Kevin Reeves. The men said the side trips were known to then-LSP Superintendent Mike Edmonson, a charge Edmonson denies.

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