Panagiotis Markopoulos, who received a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans' counselor education program, was awarded a Graduate Student Research Award from the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors in New Orleans for his work exploring virtual reality technology to treat children with autism.

New Orleans' theater scene is the fastest growing among 28 theater markets, according to the latest Regional Theatre Report from the Actors' Equity Association. New Orleans reported 771 work weeks in its most recent season, a 68 percent increase from the 458 work weeks reported in the previous season.

Mike Whitlow, a member of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, shared a picture of a noose on Facebook last week with the caption, "If we want to make America great again, we will have to make evil people fear punishment again." He deleted the post and apologized "to anyone who was offended," then later added that he is "deeply saddened by the misplaced reaction."